We, (Mike & family, Dick and myself), took off late morning for a State Water red snapper trip. The seas were pretty good,(2 footers), and we enjoyed a comfortable ride out to a near shore rig. We stopped to look at this Ridley turtle cruising around...and other than a tree that we saw floating around on the way...there was very little debris. As we cruised South...the water changed to a nice blue color. We saw about 5 or 6 sea turtles. We named one of the turtles that we saw at the rig Barnacle Bill, (not to be confused with Mr. Bill, although he may have barnacles also)....he was all covered with barnacles. We arrived at the rig and started dropping squid and live pin perch. The snapper were definitely home and were hungry for the squid. Mike and his family were catching snapper one after another. I initially started with my faithful jigs....but....no luck. It seems that the only bait that worked was squid. After converting to squid....I caught a few...some keepers and some that were too small. The youngest member of the crew, Jonathan, ended up with the biggest fish of the day.... a 25 inch red snapper. (Way to go Jonathan!). I put down a nice sized larger pin perch and ended up hooking something pretty large. I fought it for a short time....it didn't run...just crawled along the bottom with all of it's heaviness. (My guess is that it was either a big shark or grouper). It eventually clipped my line....(Thank God...because I was feeling very punk from the heat). Three ling showed up....nice sized ones...and I didn't really have anything else to throw out other than speck rigs with a piece of squid....so I gave it a shot...haha. Right after the speck rigs hit the water, all three ling made a 90 degree turn towards my bait. Almost immediately I was hooked up. The ling was probably bigger than we thought and he just kept running deep. Before I knew it....he was gone...straightened out the hook. (I'll be better prepared for ling next time). I have read where the ling are thick at the State water rigs....and now...I am a believer. It was a short trip...but lots of fun. Thanks to Mike, his family, and Dick for a great day. Thanks for the pics Dick....great pictures.