Tried my first grouper trip and came up with the skunk! Conditions were a little tough for my lack of knowledge and 14' whaler LOL. Saturday morning ran out in the fog and got rained on for about an hour. Cleared up nice though and looked around some shallow 6-8' spots found a few rocks but floating grass was so bad trolling was not an option(unless I over estimate how grass deters bites but it seemed like blades everywhere and would be on the plug within minutes, is it worth trolling a plug with grass or can you shake it off). Pitched a swimbait and some shrimp but only small fish on shrimp. Ran out about 6-8 miles W of gomez rocks area to the crab traps in 18-20' but grass was still too bad to troll. Tried jigging a few areas that looked good with no luck, was tempted to run further out but not comfortable being out of cell range.
On the run in found two really nice looking spots about 11-12' of water with a big depression about 100 yards across that varied from 16-20' with what looked like rocky edges and a few rocks in the depression. Ran to that area sunday but it was pretty windy from the N/NW. Grass was bad again so tried drifting and jiggin with only a lizard and grass bass. Ran back out to the trap area but still some grass so called it a day. Wish I had a better report but finding a few potential spots was fun, super cool area wish I had the courage to try the back country/outer islands for snook but didnt want to hit anything back there.