I wonder how far the reds and snook go offshore.
I have caught a few back in my fish trapping days around 100', they looked like baseball bats and were spawned out.
we dropped our traps on many things, from live bottom, edges of hard/soft, to a bait ball in the middle of soft bottom.BTW it's not just your spring, called it "Bill's Rock" back in the 1980's.
Yep, and "Reds Rock" which is within 10 miles.Reds Rock was named for a shrimper named Red Sapp, he ran the "Trinidad Gal" owned by the Komehl's in Crystal River.He saw a huge school of ARS up on top while anchored up during the day.After notifying the fish house, several boat came out of Crystal River and loaded up with snapper.Prolly some 40-45 years back.
Doc Stressor said:
What did you guys bait those traps with, Art? And how long was a typical set?I've always been interested in that trap fishery. But I would never ask those guys any questions when we were hook and lining for money out of Tarpon back in the '70s and early '80s. They kept the price of grouper under a dollar a pound most of the year.
Yeah 240’ sure is a long ways down for a trap with a little bit of current. Figured I’d ask! Never get any type of information if you don’t ask haha. The red grouper seem to be doing pretty well again in the northern middle grounds region. Been a while since they’ve been real thick in the northern middle grounds. Back in 2006-2010 common to catch 100ish head of red grouper 20”+ on an overnight trip. Art, see many mutton’s while hook and lining at night in waters 100’+?