2/8/18 offshore full day
Had a fantastic day of fishing today with two clients from Texas. We we're supposed to do a Gladiator Trip, an 18 to 24 hr offshore charter that let's is fish both the afternoon bite, the night bite and the sunrise /morning bite. Unfortunately due to the weather window and the long drive they had, the gladiator was swapped out for a full day 12 hr trip instead.We meet up at the bokeelia boat ramp and headed out Boca grande pass with glass smooth conditions. We picked up some choice bait at the buoys and made the run out in search of some snapper and grouper. We made several drifts which resulted in several gag grouper, 2 of which would have been legal if in season. We caught a bunch of nice Vermillion and Lane snapper, along with a few America red snapper. A nice 22 inch mangrove was added to the mix.
After setting up on the anchor for a bit, the tide changed and made the call to go look for some red grouper. Pulled up to another spot and it was lit up. It was inundated with American red snappers. Below them were some big red grouper, a few of which made the ride home with us. A gorgeous 34 inch fat fish, 2 26 inch and a 21 inch grouper rounded out my 2 guys red grouper limit. In the process of the grouper digging, an unknown amount of 16-20 inch American red snapper we're caught and released. I picked up a pretty nice size one that went 25 inches. It too, was safely released.
Had a great time with you guys and hope to fish with you again in the future. Tight lines!
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