The Fishery

The Gulf of Mexico is known for its vast array of exotic and reef fish species. Browse the most popular types of fish that you will catch onboard Ocean Ox. Below are photos taken on charters booked with Captain Jimmy.

 BEST: June - October  GOOD: April - October  POOR: November - March (Closed Season)

BEST: June - October

GOOD: April - October

POOR: November - March (Closed Season)

red snapper

Hook up to a large "Sow" Snapper and you're in for one heck of a fight. Red Snapper are world famous for their delicious white meat.

 BEST: Spring & Fall  GOOD: All Summer & Early Winter  POOR: Late Winter   

BEST: Spring & Fall

GOOD: All Summer & Early Winter

POOR: Late Winter 

Wahoo

Among the fastest fish in the Gulf, Wahoo can swim approximately 50 MPH and can make a 90 degree turn in the length of its body, which can exceed 6 feet. The flesh of the Wahoo is extremely white and tasty, excellent table fare.

 BEST: Spring & Fall  GOOD: All Sumer & Early Winter  POOR: Late Winter

BEST: Spring & Fall

GOOD: All Sumer & Early Winter

POOR: Late Winter

Spanish Mackerel

These "spunky" little fish are great for lighter tackle.  Usually not more than 10 lbs they suffer from "little man" syndromemaking them ferocious feeders and ill tempered.  If Spanish grew to 50 lbs I'd be scared to catch one.  They are great baked, broiled or grilled.

 BEST: Fall & Winter  GOOD: All Year  POOR: Never

BEST: Fall & Winter

GOOD: All Year

POOR: Never

Amberjack

Lock horns with one of these guys and you better be ready, you're in for a slugfest.  Amberjack routinely win their fights against grown men.  Lines don't break, hooks don't pull out, they simply whip their opponent.  When you catch one of these fish, you have done something.  I would rate them as good table fare.

 BEST: Spring & Fall  GOOD: All Summer & Early Winter  POOR: Never

BEST: Spring & Fall

GOOD: All Summer & Early Winter

POOR: Never

Black Fin Tuna

Extremely fast and strong fighters, black fins are found swarming in schools and can fill up the fish holds in a hurry. These fish are great for a dip, smoked, sauteed, and excellent on the grill.

 BEST: Spring  GOOD: Early Summer  POOR: Winter

BEST: Spring

GOOD: Early Summer

POOR: Winter

Cobia

Cobia are hard fighting, heavy fish that never seem to give up the battle even after they're boated. Brown to black colored with no teeth, short spikes on their backs and plenty of "BIG FISH" attitude.  Great on the grill or fried, and one cobia fills up lots of grill space.

 BEST: Spring / Fall  GOOD: All Summer / Early Winter  POOR: Late Winter

BEST: Spring / Fall

GOOD: All Summer / Early Winter

POOR: Late Winter

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Fast and acrobatic fighters, Dolphin are the most entertaining to catch.  Their skin will become "lit-up" with striking green, blue and yellow colorations when excited, making for great photos.  This fish is excellent on the grill.

 BEST: Fall & Spring  GOOD: Winter  POOR: Never

BEST: Fall & Spring

GOOD: Winter

POOR: Never

Redfish

Known as a fish that will not quit, redfish can be absolute brutes. And as such, they have become one of the most sought after fish in Gulf Coast waters. Due to conservation efforts Redfish are especially abundant and large throughout the FL panhandle and Alabama coastlines. Redfish are delicious, but most are returned to the water to fight another day.

 BEST: Spring / Fall  GOOD: All Summer / Early Winter  POOR: Later Winter

BEST: Spring / Fall

GOOD: All Summer / Early Winter

POOR: Later Winter

Yellow Fin Tuna

Now this is a back alley brawler, much like an Amberjack only bigger, stronger and faster.  They commonly reach 150 lbs.  Yellowfin are "sushi grade" tuna, great for ceviche, sashimi, sushi, and excellent on the grill.

BillFish

"The line rose slowly and steadily and then the surface of the ocean bulged ahead of the boat and the fish came out. He came out unendingly and water poured from his sides. He was bright in the sun and his head and back were dark purple and in the sun the stripes on his sides showed wide and a light lavender. His sword was as long as a baseball bat and tapered like a rapier and he rose his full length from the water and then re-entered it, smoothly..." - Ernest Hemingway

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Trigger Fish

These are probably the ugliest fish in the gulf, but a local favorite to eat.