Offshore bite SRQ/Venice is on fire!

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    Offshore bite SRQ/Venice is on fire!

    We left New Pass at around 7AM and headed out to about 160 feet. Spent a few hours trolling and picked up a few bonita for bait, but the pelagic bite was slow. Decided to switch gears and do some bottom fishing which was very productive. The seas were smooth and winds were calm, which provided perfect conditions for drifting. Our drift speed was about 0.3-0.4k/hr which allowed us to cover a lot of ground, while keeping our baits on the bottom without any difficulty.

    The bottom bite was fantastic. We started using bonita strips and sardines but unfortunately were catching more ARS than grouper. In order to avoid harming fish we could not keep, we switched over to pinfish. The grouper bite, just like the snapper bite, was completely on fire. Double hookups were not uncommon. We ended up with 8 large keeper groupers- 6 reds and 2 gags, filling our limit in just 2 drifts. Several fish were in the 15-20 pound range. In addition to the ARS and grouper, we also caught a nice sized porgy.

    We did mark several other great looking spots we wanted to try, but because we already had our grouper limit, we decided to save those for another day in order to avoid harming fish we would not be able to keep. Overall, it was a fantastic day with beautiful weather, smooth seas, and a red-hot bite! Thanks to Kevin from Feeding Frenzy for his guidance and expertise!
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    Good to hear the bite is on!

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    Outstanding! finally, someone got out. Nice catch too

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    What did you catch every dang fish that trip?

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    Great trip....

    Just for your information, the porgy is really a Margate, the largest member of the grunt family. It is my favorite Gulf fish to eat.
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    solid work

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    The fish is a red porgy even though it is silver??Red Porgy: Pagrus pagrus FWC has good image of one.
    http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/pr...rgy/red-porgy/
    Appearance:

    ■The only American porgy with a near nostril that is round (not slit-like)
    ■Head and body silvery red, with many tiny blue spots


    Habitat:

    Adult red porgy are found on the deeper part of the continental shelf, but young may occur in water as shallow as 18 m (60ft.).

    Behavior:

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    Quality trip for sure. Congrat's!!!!

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    I an trying to be informative, not argumentative, but the porgy is rounded from the lips to the tail. The margate is straighter to the hump of the back. Regardless, it is still a great fish.

    Check this link: http://www.theoutdoorlodge.com/fishi.../grunts.html#3
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    This is a porgy, definitely not the same as a margate (grunt family)

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