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September grouper/snapper

My son and I are bringing  our 19’ Mako to bottom fish and troll for grouper and snapper off Marco Island.  Any suggestions for a safe and successful trip would be appreciated.  We would like to stay within eyesight of the coast.  Thank you in advance! Tight lines🎣


  • LostconchLostconch Posts: 1,112 Officer
    Won't see many grouper that close. You didn't say what time of year but in the fall you could troll for Spanish and king mackeral
  • bigfinn35bigfinn35 Posts: 1,207 Officer
    Yeah, in September you'll need to to get further out for a shot at keeper-size grouper. Should be plenty of mangrove snapper on the artificial reefs though, which you wouldn't need to troll for. Anchor up, put in a chum block, and supplement it by chunking pieces of frozen bait into thumbnail-sized bits and throwing them over the side in a steady stream. Drift shrimp or larger bait chunks on a small jighead (1/8 or 1/4 oz usually) with a long 20-lb fluorocarbon leader, keeping the bail open til you feel a bite or the line starts coming off way faster. 

    Like conch said, you might get some mackerel while trolling too. 
    Paddle faster, I hear banjo music.
  • stoutnerstoutner Posts: 262 Deckhand
    In Marco Island, the buildings are tall. You might be able to see land 30-35 miles out. That is where you will find the Grouper :)
    Capt. Wayne Stoutner
  • ScubaSteveWVScubaSteveWV Posts: 13 Deckhand
    First week in September, 30-35 miles out a little too far in a 19’😫
  • ScubaSteveWVScubaSteveWV Posts: 13 Deckhand
    Thank you all for the advice 🎣
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