Stone crab season is finally open in the Conch Republic and with a new season here King Ron also had a new captain behind the wheel. Captain Angelo led us out into the waters for our first catch of the year. After throwing out the traps less than 24 hours before the captain told us to go and check the traps (probably because he didn’t have to pull them haha). Sure enough as we pulled up the first trap the first catch of the year was there. Five traps went out and when we came in there were seven claws on board. I asked King Ron himself what he expected out of this season he replied, “With Captain Angelo here I am sure that no one in the republic will go hungry this season.” In the photo below on left is Captain Angelo and on the right the birthday boy Ray Wright holding the first catch of the season.