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Big Mangrove Snapper & Yellowtail Snapper

Old 01-22-2018, 04:22 AM
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On my last trip out bottom fishing I caught a few big mangrove snapper and a nice yellowtail. Both were in 150' of water. Not chumming just drift fishing over hard bottom with Sand perch and pinfish as bait.

Also caught a couple Amberjack and red grouper also. For some reason we did not catch the number and size of big red grouper we usually do. Maybe they are closer in because of the colder water? But we still did end up with 3 nice ones.

Please check out my video of the trip below!

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Old 01-22-2018, 05:27 AM
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Nice fishes for the family! Some fish do move into shallower water, in the "winter", here on the SE Fl coast. What city were you fishing out of?
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Old 01-22-2018, 05:33 AM
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This was from Venice, FL

They also move in closer during the cooler months here too. But the further you go out the bigger the fish no matter what time of year.

I went out yesterday and stayed closer to shore and we caught some nice sheepshead but the snapper we caught were TINY....weird for this time of year. But I think everything is off because of how cold it has been lately.
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Old 01-22-2018, 05:51 AM
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Old 01-22-2018, 06:00 AM
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Originally Posted by PINER_WAHOO View Post
nice
Thanks! I am ready for the water and weather to warm back up so I can go deep again!
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:41 AM
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Way to get out there ! my memory is fuzzy but from venice out to 160ft is about 50-60 miles out?
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:45 AM
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sweet trip.

I always wanted to catch a yellow tail
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Old 01-22-2018, 10:00 AM
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I never really target them but I have been starting to catch them more and more. Even on sabiki rigs sent to the bottom while out deep. This big one was caught on a sand perch.

And yes 150 FOW is 50 miles out.
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Old 01-22-2018, 10:02 AM
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Red grouper typically move deeper outside of the 120 mark. I use the mindset when the gags move in the reds move out.
You absolutely can still catch keeper reds in 90-115 just not as thick
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Old 01-22-2018, 10:20 AM
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I have a bunch of spots from Naples to Fort Myers to Venice in 100-150 feet of water that I can consistently, even in summer, catch nice size red grouper (30+ inches). The week prior to when this video was shot we got a 4 persons limit at this same spot, the next weekend we only caught a few babies.
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Originally Posted by grouperkng View Post
Red grouper typically move deeper outside of the 120 mark. I use the mindset when the gags move in the reds move out.
You absolutely can still catch keeper reds in 90-115 just not as thick
Do you think red grouper move deeper in the winter time unlike how gags move in closer during the winter?
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Very nice
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Old 01-23-2018, 04:27 AM
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Very nice
Thank you. They sure tasted great!
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Old 01-23-2018, 04:50 AM
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Great eats
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Oh yeah, one of our favorites.
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For the love of God please learn how to add music to your videos. Great catches!
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Originally Posted by chad6159 View Post
Do you think red grouper move deeper in the winter time unlike how gags move in closer during the winter?
They move out to spawn In Feb and March. The are also closed to harvest outside the 20 Fathom break those 2 months. Don't get caught with Red grouper or most any other grouper on board in over 120 feet of water. See Map on the gulf councils web site.
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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
They move out to spawn In Feb and March. The are also closed to harvest outside the 20 Fathom break those 2 months. Don't get caught with Red grouper or most any other grouper on board in over 120 feet of water. See Map on the gulf councils web site.
Yup Ill keep an eye out for the 20 Fathom Line on my GPS and make sure I am on the shoreward side of it during those months.

Ill just probably have to go to my other spots not in venice during that time. Honestly my spots off Fort Myers and Marco in 100 foot are better for the reds anyway.
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