"Bittersweet Grouper" Homosassa 12/6/2017

We are finally back in Homosassa, after spending the month of November chasing whitetails around the farm in Missouri. Gail connected with her buck tag, putting this nice buck on the ground.

I filled my archery turkey tag with a nice gobbler.

We got here in time to fish that beautiful stretch of weather. Here's the bitter. We trolled for two days, hard! Caught only two shorts. Put well over 70 miles a day on "Ruff One". Pulled plugs from 10ft out to 25ft and back. Nothing. Seems that the shallow game is not doing good, at least on our areas that have mostly produced in the past. Talked to some old salts and decided that we would push north toward Crystal River.
So today,my friend Gary and I did just that and we finally got the sweet. The title only said "Bittersweet Grouper" as in singular, and that's all we put in the boat. But, man did it feel nice to see that rod bend over. Of course, Gary said the thing I love to hear. "I think I have the bottom". Usually that means big grouper on, and he was a nice shallow water beast! Thirty plus inches.

With the wind picking up, the seas started acting up, so headed back. Not sure about the "why" on the grouper trolling, but I am sure we will be at it again as soon as this front plays out.


  • THINKICANTHINKICAN Homosassa, FLPosts: 393 Deckhand
    Glad you're back! Congratulations on the deer and turkey but even more so on the big grouper. I've not been able to find keeper grouper out off Marker 4 either but did find a 22" gag way north a couple of days ago. No shortage of Spanish macs either place. All my fish are being caught on the jig. No luck with the big plugs.
  • capt louiecapt louie citrus countyPosts: 9,179 Moderator
    I like it !! You got your weather and some dinner. Gail's buck has some serious mass . :hail
    "You'll get your weather"
  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet TallahasseePosts: 1,872 Captain
    Full moon was Monday, that always seems to be a factor when I grouper fish. Thanks for the report
    You should have been here yesterday
  • xmuskyguidexmuskyguide Beautiful HomosassaPosts: 1,407 Officer
    Nice buck. That grouper was worth waiting for. :thumbsup
  • barhopper51barhopper51 Posts: 492 Deckhand
    Finally the teachers are back!:fishing
  • smhsmh Posts: 211 Deckhand
    I always enjoy your posts that include your farm adventures. Nice critters all the way around!
  • butchbalbutchbal Posts: 386 Deckhand
    Nice groupy Tom, but if you had taken Gail along ya'll would've limited out! :fishing
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  • Rick1-2Rick1-2 HorseshoePosts: 780 Officer
  • RedbonzRedbonz Posts: 4,517 Captain
    butchbal wrote: »
    Nice groupy Tom, but if you had taken Gail along ya'll would've limited out! :fishing
    He probably didn't use the pink fishing pole.....very nice guys....
    If it don't fit force it. If it breaks it needed replace anyways. :banghead
  • Ruff OneRuff One HomosassaPosts: 1,780 Captain
    Redbonz wrote: »
    He probably didn't use the pink fishing pole.....very nice guys....
    You are right about "Pink". Notice who has the buck and the color that seems to dominate the picture!!
  • WindsplitterWindsplitter Posts: 606 Officer
    That's a stud grouper! Looks like you'll have plenty to eat for a while. :cool:
  • Snook SpankerSnook Spanker Inglis / YankeetownPosts: 1,709 Captain
    I was out trolling the same day for about 3 hrs and all we could get was lizardfeesh and seabass to hit our plugz until I hooked what I thought was the bottom! Circled around to try to free the plug when the bottom began moving!! It was a monster that holed me up again after about 5 minutes of tugging! I tried the slack line trick after the guitar string twang trick didn't work and circled around while the line was slack! BAM!! I pulled that Groopa out and the fight was on again! Had it up under the boat several times but it would just dive back down to the bottom again! Finally while pumping it up my 40lb mono parted and way went my freezer meat w/ my plug!!! Can't win them all but I sure would have liked to win that one!! She fought harder than the 23lb Gag I caught w/ Capt. Louie 2 years ago!!! And that's a Fact!!
    I am'z what I am'z and that'z all that I am'z!! > Popeye!

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