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Old 11-17-2016, 03:34 PM
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Anyone out there give me some advice on grouper fishing. I am tired of fishing public numbers and wasting fuel!! I know guys don't like sharing numbers but any help would be appreciated!! I also wouldn't mind someone going out with me if they have some tricks!!! I just bought a new 32ft Everglades so the boat is not a problem thanks!!
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Old 11-17-2016, 03:44 PM
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This is a great time of year to pick up a bunch of new grouper spots...

Grouper have moved into the shallower water, anywhere from 20' to 40'. All you need are some patch reefs and start trolling big 25'-30' stretch lures over that bottom. When you get a hit, mark the spot.

Up here we have a ton of stone crab traps that are set out over hard bottom. When trolling near them, you will always find new spots that you can try in the Spring and Summer..

Also, I am a big fan of fishing squid, frozen greenbacks, spanish sardines, etc along with live bait. I always use the dead bait first to get the bite going. Usually it is grunts and then the grouper move in. Then and only then do I start to drop some live pinfish, grunts, pigfish, small porgys, sailors choice, etc down to entice the grouper. We always try to keep some dead bait down to keep the scent out there.

Sorry you aren't closer to me, I would be happy to give you a few spots to try...
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I went out Monday fishing and I was trolling in 30 to 35ft of water all over a spread out reef and it was lined with crab traps I followed the trap lines and went right over the reefs with multiple colors of XRap 30s didn't even get a mosquito bite
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Old 11-18-2016, 01:42 AM
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Went out last saturday from boca grande. Sabiki 2 livewells of threadfins in 25ft of the beach...headed too 100ft..35mi. 2 girls fishing had 25 grouper ..keeping our boat limit of 6 in a short amount of time...bite was red hot
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Old 11-18-2016, 04:12 AM
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Wow that sounds great seems like they are still in deeper water figured since the water was cooling down they would move in
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Old 11-18-2016, 04:22 AM
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Hello neighbor, I fish the area every weekend. Can probably help. PM me
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Old 11-18-2016, 04:35 AM
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PM you? Yeah any help would be great!!
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Yeah, click on my username
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Old 11-18-2016, 11:05 AM
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Every year is different, last year we had most of the fish stay offshore. This lingering red tide that's making its way down may effect the nearshore bite and send fish further out again.
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Old 11-18-2016, 12:28 PM
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Didn't think about the red tide, still would like to know where to go offshore, heard and thought about the 240 ledge but I don't think it's deep enough
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Old 11-18-2016, 09:05 PM
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Deeper you go more productive waters you will reach. Last long trip ran down to 25 miles north west of fort jefferson and found some good bottom. Picked up a limit of red grouper all 20-23lbs in size. Again this was 120 miles down the way.

The other thing is just putting the time in, and exploring a bit. If you have bait figured that's 50% of the job for getting some fish.
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Old 11-18-2016, 09:38 PM
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You should be able to find good bottom pretty easy that new of a boat should have a good bottom machine . Fish are still holding offshore a bit. I always run to atleast 80 unless I'm trolling for gags. There is some nice cheese down there in the 80 foot range to 100 and even better a little past that
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I will start exploring a little deeper I have twin Simrads with sonar thanks I will keep looking
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Old 11-19-2016, 12:46 PM
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Last weekend the bite was on fire inshore (less than 20'). Today was a bust dead fish everywhere around Boca Grande on the out going tide. The inshore snook and redfish bite was really good further down south thou.

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Old 11-20-2016, 05:19 PM
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Is anyone still interested in this thread? I realize its been dead for several years, but if there is any interest, perhaps we can resurrect it. I am new at THT and fishing as well. Going to start trying to learn grouper fishing, after years of spearing them as a diver. Lost a lot of my #'s, so in a real sense I am starting over.
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Old 02-27-2019, 06:19 PM
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I'm still interested in it. Thinking of heading out to the 240 ledges tomorrow and see if I can find some gags. trolling hard bait. Weather seems like it should cooperate.
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Old 02-27-2019, 09:44 PM
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Good luck! Hoping to hear about your trip.
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Old 02-27-2019, 11:53 PM
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I am moving from flats fishing to offshore fishing and wouldn’t mind doing a buddy system, 2 boats or taking turns on one boat. Have a brand new sea pro 248, so I’m only going out in calmer days. Fish from Tampa to FM
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Old 02-28-2019, 08:03 AM
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You have a wide range. Sometime when you are goin gto be around Ft Myers, would love to go as a buddy boat. Warning, I am enthusiastic, but largely unsuccessful at fishing so far.
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