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FPI Inshore... Grouper / snook

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


  • Flight RiskFlight Risk Posts: 2,491 Captain
    Man... you've got the magic touch! Nice catchin' !


    Pura Vida!
  • LMKLMK Posts: 596 Officer
    Nice fish - persistence pays off!!!
  • Flat yakkinFlat yakkin Posts: 195 Deckhand
    Nice one, Good work!
  • BacDocBacDoc Posts: 704 Officer
    Beautiful Gag grouper! Those paddle tail swim baits work. I got a friend who swears by them and one trip he out fished every one on my boat, Mahi, snapper, cobia and he even landed a sail all in one trip. Is the one you're using all soft body?
    Hard to tell in first pic but that may be a scamp? Nice catching bro!
  • FISHHUNTRFISHHUNTR Posts: 1,286 Officer
    Thanks guys

    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.
    "FISHUNTR"- 2012 20' Pathfinder, Yamaha F150, HDS gen 3 9T
  • BacDocBacDoc Posts: 704 Officer
    FISHHUNTR wrote: »
    Thanks guys

    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.
  • BacDocBacDoc Posts: 704 Officer
    Tail looks more like black grouper the more I look. Next time take a side view too lol!
  • dcheek2112dcheek2112 Posts: 70 Greenhorn
    Top is a black and bottom two are gags. 100%
  • BacDocBacDoc Posts: 704 Officer
    dcheek2112 wrote: »
    Top is a black and bottom two are gags. 100%

    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?
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,265 AG
    Nice work Magnum...Who is taking the pics..Higgins? :grin
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • FISHHUNTRFISHHUNTR Posts: 1,286 Officer
    Bacdoc- yes but only dinks. All the legal blacks ive caught have been in the inlet

    DMJR- usually Zuess or Apollo but was solo that trip so mini tripod and auto timer got it done! :wink
    "FISHUNTR"- 2012 20' Pathfinder, Yamaha F150, HDS gen 3 9T
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