Starting the Grouper season out with a bang.

So when April 1st rang we had to head out to find the grouper. We hit our usual producing grouper grounds but didn't get much. Until sunday we caught lots of bait. Then we headed to our usual grounds again. We picked up a few small fish. Then decided to head out a bit further to search for new grounds. In 70 ft of water we drifted over a magical spot, surrounded by mackerel and broom stick bending grouper. We continued to run the same drift with similar results. Heavy leadheaded jigs tipped with various types of fish did the trick. We also had a dolphin hanging around us for a few spots. Most of the undersized fish made it safely back down but one grouper hung around the surface too long and was captured. After catching the grouper the dolphin held the fish sideways in his mouth and paraded it back and forth for if to say thank you. What any awesome day on the water!
One of the Grouper we caught had a whole crab in his I put in on a hook and wam..another grouper.
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  • perlman1234perlman1234 Posts: 1,449 Officer
    Great job man.... funny how those porpoise love to play with their food. I have seen them flip snook up and down the mangroves inshore, and be a total pain in the **** offshore by stealing everything. Grouper look great so stay on them!
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    Nice to see things are starting to pick up in the shallower depths
  • Angler SystemsAngler Systems Posts: 919 Officer
    Love the report!!! We found the fish Sunday just a little deeper. Where did you leave from?
  • PtsrhenryPtsrhenry Posts: 255 Deckhand
    Great report, I cant wait to get out!
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  • jocofijocofi Posts: 68 Deckhand
    Love the report!!! We found the fish Sunday just a little deeper. Where did you leave from?

    Thanks..We typically leave out of Big Carlos Pass. The Fort Myers Beach area.
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  • HookedHooked Posts: 391 Officer
    Grats on the good start and those are some great pics:fishing
  • Joey ButtonsJoey Buttons Posts: 11,849 Officer

    Sunday was on fire for use too.

    Except we caught 10 GAG's all 23" plus and No Reds.
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  • LastMangoLastMango Posts: 4,574 Officer
    Excellent... Re: crab trick, if I can re-hook it, I re-drop it...
  • nobrainsnobrains Posts: 91 Deckhand
    That is sure a fine report! Congratulations to you. Looks like a beautiful day just to be out there.

    I had the parading dolphin thing happen just like that one time. It's just as you say, as if he was sayin thanks.

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