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" Big Fish Day " Homosassa 11/28/2022

Ruff OneRuff One Senior MemberHomosassaPosts: 2,280 Captain
We just pulled in from our deer season trip to our Missouri farm. I was fortunate to fill my archery tag but our gun tags went unfilled.
Archery buck

Right away looked up the wind maps and Monday looked good. Crew ended up being Gary and his friend Craig. Gail decided to unpack. Wow. Seas were beautiful. Flat. Perfect for trolling. Headed out to 14ft. Weeds were alittle problem but we trolled for awhile. Did pick up  two shorts. Decided to head out to 17ft. No weeds! Wasn't long and we found nice bottom located between two lines of crab traps. Nice markers. Groupers started to hit. Doubles on every pull. Even a triple! Grouper chaos. Alot of shorts. We decided to release all the ones in the 24-25 range. Gary did keep one at 25. There were small bait schools in the area so tryed to stay in the general area. Craig's  rod bends over and a nice 31 inches comes aboard 

Start another bend to line up on the good bottom and Craig's  rod bend way over. Everyone came to the conclusion that we had bottom. Craig can't  get rod out of holder so Gary gets it out and we head back to retrieve plug. We get there and it's not bottom. There's  a fish on the plug! Epic battle. 
Gary's  bottom fish

At this point we decide to head in. We have had a good catching day. Some really quality groupers. Can't  ask for more then that. Plug for the day. Nomad 170 in mackerel color. Wore it out. Also used the Nomads new plug the "vibe" for a picth plug for followers. It worked. Enjoy


  • Salty Dawg44Salty Dawg44 Senior Member Homosassa, FLPosts: 1,391 Officer
    edited November 2022 #2
    Good report for a great day, Tom! There has been a marked increase in the percentage of fish in the 30 inch range. I've gone to larger plugs and I think that encourages those that might feel that a smaller meal isn't worth the energy to chase down. Here's some still in good condition.

    A regular sized plug will give the appearance of a larger one with the addition of a "tail".

     I probably will not go out again until early next week, getting too old to fight questionable weather. 


    I may not always agree with what you say,
    but I will always respect your right to be wrong!
  • capt louiecapt louie Moderator citrus countyPosts: 10,873 Moderator
    Sweet haul. My "season" hasn't been too great in the grouper department. Several not so good trips due to weeds. Did decent yesterday. Great buck !
    "You'll get your weather"
  • Ruff OneRuff One Senior Member HomosassaPosts: 2,280 Captain
    You are right about bigger gags but they want to give us less keeper days. I use to fish a rapala 30 in fifteen ft of water. Just make a few adjustments. Grouper loved that big plug. Now we are back to the rapala 20 in shallow. I check the gags bellies. They have had 5 inch or so bait in them. Come on calm days. I don't want to get beat up anymore.
  • FishTankFishTank Member Posts: 78 Deckhand
    Very nice archery buck and some fine gags!!
  • Wishin i was fishinWishin i was fishin Senior Member Posts: 984 Officer
    Great report! Good to see some healthy fish being caught!
  • SlackerSlacker Senior Member Homosassa, JaxPosts: 1,815 Captain
    I heard the feds are shortening the season due to some problems in other states

    FWC has done a nice job here and we are enjoying the benefits

    I agree on the more numerous 30 inch fish
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