Headed outside to start.. contemplated heading out to do the offshore thing... dines were tough to get to bite and didn't find any fingers inside on my normal spots, so I decided to stay inside and try for a snook.
Drifted some livies around the inlet and picked up 2 short Black grouper. Switched gears and started throwing a plug in various locations and picked up a 21" gag.... kept at it with nothing to show for it for about an hour... it was getting late and there was one spot I wanted to hit but 2 boats had been anchored around it. As I was heading in I noticed they had left so I decided to stop and give it a few casts. 2nd cast gets crushed and liked to have pulled my arm out of its socket... after a short brutal fight I won and landed a 33.5" Gag! Definitely glad I stopped and stoked to get it on my mew setup I put together just for throwing the plugs.
"FISHUNTR"- 2012 20' Pathfinder, Yamaha F150, HDS gen 3 9T
Hard to tell in first pic but that may be a scamp? Nice catching bro!
BD- The forward half is hard, the tail is soft. You'd be more of an ID expert than me on groupers, but I think it is a black.
Color pattern looks like black and I've caught quite a few black grouper in the inlet but head and dorsal fin looks like scamp. Hard to tell in that pic. I really like the scamp as table fair as the meat is more delicate than other grouper. We used to catch them on our snapper/grouper spots in 80' but haven't boated one this year.
Ya, bottom two are same fish.
Interesting observation in my outings, I catch most black grouper in the inlet and those we catch are always undersize. On the offshore bar in 80'-90' most grouper I catch are gags and red grouper, only on rare occassion do we boat a legal black. The commercial dive guys on the same offshore spots seem to always get black grouper in the 20lb-30lb class along with gags. The biggest grouper those guys get are the blacks.
FISHUNTR- do you guys get any black grouper off your snapper spots?
Many things to do.
Knots to be unraveled
'fore the darkness falls on you
DMJR- usually Zuess or Apollo but was solo that trip so mini tripod and auto timer got it done! :wink