It's the start of the 2019 Red Snapper and Gag Grouper seasons today! We are looking forward to a successful and busy Summer ☀️
June is an event packed month for the Emerald Coast! To kick it off, we celebrate the 64th Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival from May 31-June 4th. There are several weekly and bi-weekly events throughout the Summer. The Party Gras Parade takes place every Tuesday at 8:30pm at Harborwalk Village. You'll be able to enjoy fireworks on Wednesdays and Thursday nights from the Downtown Fort Walton Beach area and Downtown Destin. Concerts at the Landing take place every Friday, supplying various local music. Rock the Docks is another music-related event every Saturday at 7pm at the Harborwalk Village Band Shell. Lastly, the Okaloosa Island Boardwalk hosts a free movie night every Tuesday throughout the rest of the Summer.
Red Snapper Season begins on June 1st this year and lasts until August 2nd. Gag grouper season also begins June 1st, lasting until December 31st, 2019. Both are delicious and very fun to catch! Captain Reid recommends an 8-hour trip or longer to catch the big ones! 🐟
Recipe of the Month
Blackened Red Snapper with Mango Salsa
Photo Credit to the Coastal Living Magazine
About 12 ounces of Red Snapper Filets
1 Cup cubed mango
1/2 Cup chopped cilantro
1 Minced jalapeño pepper
2 Tablespoons lime juice
1 Tablespoon melted butter
Blackened Seasoning (Purchase or combine paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, basil, and oregano)
Combine mango, cilantro, pepper, and lime juice. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Brush the snapper filets with butter, then coat both sides with the seasoning. Cook the fish 2 minutes per side in a large skillet. Serve with the salsa and enjoy this light and refreshing Summer meal!