Offshore scouting trip... 7/20

Went on a trip that was owed to a friend for a while. Took him his ol lady and his buddy pete out.Told them it was going to be an exploratory trip in shallows out a lil deep to find grunt holes.* Was beautiful out today but stagnant and HOT! Quickly found some bigger grunts in 45ft with some porgies and lanes mixed in. Anyone who knows me knows I get bored with that quite easily and must go deeper. Headed out to 80ft and picked up two red grouper on one of my areas. Then made the decision to head to 90 to a spot I must have marked on the run with no label. Three* short drifts there and we had our 4 man limit of grouper and even got to swap a 1 or two shorter fish out. Back by three to clean the boat and fish with a great day behind us. Thanks for joining and glad to get your fam and friend on some fish.


  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,684 Moderator
    Hey great job you are giving that new boat some good MOJO. My boat is in the water all the time and needed some deep cleaning big time. It will be back in the water this week.
    Thanks for your report .
  • BinderBinder Posts: 3,877 Captain
    Who needs ice. :wink

    Nicely done, perl.
  • Luna SeaLuna Sea Posts: 562 Officer
    Perl you get board easily , I can't believe that . Nice job Drew :fishing
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    If you want to make that type of fishing less boring, switch over to your light inshore setups. No doubt horsing up grunts on grouper sticks gets a little boring. However, if you switch to your light action rods with a 1/2 or 1 oz knocker rig it will be a lot more fun for your future clients. That's how we've had more luck picking up hogs and yellowtails in those types of spots too. And when you get a big grouper or AJ on that setup its a complete blast. I know you're super experienced and skillful, but maybe a slight modification like this could change the perception for your clients and make it seem like an incredible day, while keeping fuel costs reasonable and making your business more profitable.

    Wheres the ice, bro?
  • perlman1234perlman1234 Posts: 1,449 Officer
    Hey Ryan, yeah we were using the setups I have for fishing mangos. Battle 5000's on a lightish spinning rod. I wont use that heavy gear in 45-60 ft unless it is for gags. I have found though that less experienced anglers do not like spinning rods at all. Might go out and buy some real light conventional set ups for them. They could use those for mangos offshore as well.

    The ice was there but we got on a really hot bite and were just leaving the fish on deck a lil to long. Not enough to hurt the meat but enough to slightly change the color. Have to fix some macerators this weekend so I can get my back boxes working again.
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    That sounds good, I was just messing with you about the ice. I will have to show you my light conventional setups Drew. Okumas with line counters and level winds. I know all you Florida guys make fun of me for those reels, but my buddies and kids absolutely LOVE them. First, the level wind makes sure you dont get the line all bunched up to one side. The line counter lets them know how deep they are so the rookies dont inadvertently let out 250 feet of line in 45 feet of water. Seriously, guys love them and they are around 50 dollars. I have them rigged for snapper and light tackle. I probably have a spare i could let you test out. That is if we ever fish together again- as the weather Gods seem to be against it.
  • perlman1234perlman1234 Posts: 1,449 Officer
    Sounds good... just bring em next time. This time we take the palmetto out so you can just sit back and catch fish
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    Done deal.
  • DrewDrew Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    Nice take!
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    Cannons Marina - Grady-White
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