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Grouper Fishing

Ted Gibson

Had some cold weather this past week and it looks like the next couple days are going to be a little breezy too. Anyways had the day off this past Friday and took my grandfather out fishing for the day. When I go fishing for fun it usually involves more driving than fishing because I usually go out looking for new spots! We picked a spot on the GPS that was about 115’ deep and aimed for that. 115’ is approximately 50 miles offshore, so it was a bit of a boat ride…but the weather was nice and we made about 35 mph the entire way out.

Eventually we hit our mark and I started idling around for about 20 minutes until we started marking a little bit of bait on the bottom. Drove a little further and the little bit of bait turned into “The Show” as we started marking lots of fish as well. Weren’t entirely sure what they were, so we dropped a piece of squid down on a Grouper Rod to see what was down there. The bait hit bottom and I reeled it up about a foot…just about got bit as soon as I picked the bait off bottom. After about 4 minute fight we had a 32” Red Grouper on the deck and 20 minutes later we had a limit of 4 around the same size.

Found 2 more spots a little shallower with the same result, but the best fishing seemed to be in about 110’ to 117’ We also tried quite a few others that turned out to be duds, but I was happy with finding the handful of new ones. It was a good day and even though we caught plenty of other fish we didn’t really see the need to keep anything more than the 4 nice grouper….That means we saved some for our charters (we had to release some that were bigger than the ones we kept).

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