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Stoked!! Once the water temp hits 70 the grouper and hogfish move closer to shore. We went out 8 miles and caught our limit on grouper and I speared 3 hogfish. The 2 grouper were the biggest, 1 was on hook and line and the other I shot using a speargun while diving. All the hogfish were shot. What a beatiful day on the water. It really makes you wanna say screw the dolphins.

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I'm hitting the reef on Wednesday. We'll be fishing a drop off that goes from 30 to 60 feet and then to 120 feet right outside of Elliot Key. Hope I can hook up some grouper as well. Last time I pulled in a few.

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Try 45 ft.


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I caught the one in the photo at about 40 feet... on cut ballyhoo. This was right after that very bad cold snap last winter. We actually caught a lot of fish... but there were a lot more floating around the surface, dead from the cold. Sad to see. Biscayne Bay still hasn't recovered.

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I caught the one in the photo at about 40 feet... on cut ballyhoo. This was right after that very bad cold snap last winter. We actually caught a lot of fish... but there were a lot more floating around the surface, dead from the cold. Sad to see. Biscayne Bay still hasn't recovered.

I use that one for bait. LOL! The ledge we were on yesterday looked pretty good. There was coral and lots of fish on it. We could have cleaned up, but how much fish can you eat? Karma, you know?


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Yeah I haven't had any luck pulling up monster grouper. Maybe I'm just fishing the wrong spots. The reefs outside Elliot Key are productive, but nothing worthy of mounting on a wall comes out of there. It is convenient for me though as the marina is right behind my house.

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Wow! I am impressed with the size of those fish!

Keep living the dream, buddy!

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It's looking windy Friday but we are going to try to dive for stone crabs. We'll see....I'll post pics if we go.


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It's looking windy Friday but we are going to try to dive for stone crabs. We'll see....I'll post pics if we go.


Take some underwater pictures if you have the equipment.

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Makchell wrote:
Stoked!! Once the water temp hits 70 the grouper and hogfish move closer to shore. We went out 8 miles and caught our limit on grouper and I speared 3 hogfish. The 2 grouper were the biggest, 1 was on hook and line and the other I shot using a speargun while diving. All the hogfish were shot. What a beatiful day on the water. It really makes you wanna say screw the dolphins.

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When I lived in Sarasota, my employer took my wife and I out for some fishing. We caught Grouper all day long, it was fantastic. I caught 6 that were easily this size. If I recall correctly, the black or more desired than the red, correct? The guy running the boat was in his 60s and he had fished the area his whole life. He kept saying that for Grouper, the bigger the bait, the bigger the fish. We were cutting decent sized fish in half and putting them on a hook. We knocked em dead that day.


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If I recall correctly, the black or more desired than the red, correct

Correct. These grouper are actually called "gag" grouper and are not "true" black grouper. True black grouper are deep water fish and are rarely caught shallow or sold commercially. Red grouper are the staple for the commercial industry, but they are full of worms. I rarely keep red grouper because it's kind of gross. You can pick the worms out while cleaning and it doesn't affect the meat at all. I target gag grouper for it's white "pure" meat.


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Take some underwater pictures if you have the equipment.

My dad videos and takes pics. We have some cool pics but the underwater doesn't do the fish justice.


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Makchell wrote:
If I recall correctly, the black or more desired than the red, correct

Correct. These grouper are actually called "gag" grouper and are not "true" black grouper. True black grouper are deep water fish and are rarely caught shallow or sold commercially. Red grouper are the staple for the commercial industry, but they are full of worms. I rarely keep red grouper because it's kind of gross. You can pick the worms out while cleaning and it doesn't affect the meat at all. I target gag grouper for it's white "pure" meat.

When we fished for them, we went 18 miles out into the gulf. I caught two Octopus that day as well. The captain said its rare to have one person catch an Octopus twice in one day. Guess I'm strange like that. haha


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When we fished for them, we went 18 miles out into the gulf. I caught two Octopus that day as well. The captain said its rare to have one person catch an Octopus twice in one day. Guess I'm strange like that. haha


We are 8 miles in these pics. The gag grouper migrates inshore during the winter to look for warmer water and bait. Funny you said that. One year we caught Octopi on every trip. We cut off two legs on each one (they grow back) and ate them as sashmi (raw on the boat). Very good and clean white meat.


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