Venice Offshore 12/16

This was my first trip offshore since 11/2. I've been in Texas since then running a 252 ft. supply vessel in the offshore oil industry. Today was another look-around for some new spots. The fish in the photo all came from two coral rock piles that we found about 1/2 mile from a couple of our good producing ledges. The bite was in 50 ft. of water and inside the state boundary. The kings came on live cigar minnows and sardines that we sabiki'd on the bottom over the coral. All told we caught and/or released 9 kings. One of the keeper red grouper fell to a chunk of Loligo squid. The other ate a dead cigar minnow. The lanes , porgies and grunts were all on squid chunks. The lone triple tail inhaled a live shrimp free lined to a stone crab trap buoy.

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  • StryderStryder Posts: 172 Deckhand
    WTG looks like some fun fishing and good eats

    You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Wayne Gretzky

  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,537 Moderator
    Glad to see you back in your home waters. Exploring for new bottom is a great way to keep fishing interesting.
    thanks
    larrywitt
  • Firetruck1Firetruck1 Posts: 125 Deckhand
    Red grouper is closed in state and federal waters till January 1st... Just FYI
  • ComandanteComandante Posts: 270 Deckhand
    Firetruck1 wrote: »
    Red grouper is closed in state and federal waters till January 1st... Just FYI
    Closed in state waters Only to vessels that have a Federal permit.
  • larrywittlarrywitt Posts: 2,537 Moderator
    It can be very confusing to say the least.
    larrywitt
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