1/26/2013 - Offshore Sarasota......Red Grouper Limit Out!

Mission accomplished for us yesterday. The plan was to limit out (4 people can keep 4 fish each) on Red Grouper before the season closes at the end of the month. We had an older boat wishing to follow us (some history of motor issues) so we wanted to stay as close as possible but still get into some keeper fish. We left the dock at 7:45, broke the pass by 8:30 and were fishing by 9:10 in 75 to 80 feet.

The bite was fast early with my son boating the first three keeper Red Grouper on a Silver Colored Tsunami Facet Jig with a squid tip. Jason followed with the next couple of keeper fish on a deep jig with a large paddle tail and Jack and I contributed also using Tsunami Facet jigs in Glow and Pink. We had 12 keeper Red Grouper in the boat within about an hour when the bite slowed. Over the next few hours we got our limit (16 Red Grouper to 25") and added in a couple of nice Snapper and a Kingfish which hit a Bluerunner on the surface.

We talked with several other boats that ventured out over the weekend who had similar results. Thank you wind and weather gods for a perfect weekend for offshore fishing.
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  • swaptrexswaptrex Posts: 199 Deckhand
    Very nice! Wish I could get out before the close.
  • chicochico Punta Gorda and PennsylvaniaPosts: 537 Officer
    Way to go!! Some nice fish there!!
  • RMDRMD Posts: 1,796 Officer
    Great job Jeff. Are you changing out the hooks on those facet jigs? I have a bunch of those jigs and have not had much luck with them. I know grouper are not the smartest fish out there but I am wondering if the hook is just too big.
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  • perlman1234perlman1234 Posts: 1,449 Officer
    Ryan there is no need to change the hook on the facet jigs. I have about 5 of them and every color especially the glow has caught fish. You have to remember you are going to miss fish when using jugs because they are moving. However The strike are always bad ****!
  • Angler SystemsAngler Systems Posts: 919 Officer
    Ryan there is no need to change the hook on the facet jigs.

    The hook quality has been improved in the updated version of the jig however they still are not the quality I'd like to see. When I talked with the manufacture in October I asked that this could be addressed. Size wise, they are fine. Heck at $6.00 each they are a winner.

    As far as colors historically we have liked the Green Glow the best however on this trip the Silver Color out fished Green and Pink early. On that basis I'd be prepared and carry several colors on each trip.
  • perlman1234perlman1234 Posts: 1,449 Officer
    By quality are we talking about strength or shape? You could always switch them out with vertical jig hooks.
  • perlman1234perlman1234 Posts: 1,449 Officer
    Scratch that.... just took a look at them turns out I did switch the hooks out out when i got them. My fault!
  • BluefinBluefin Posts: 115 Officer
    Super Job!

    I think you might have a convert. Sure beats spending time catching live baits - I'll be ordering the Tsunami jigs before the grouper season re-opens.

    Do you have the same luck with gags on the jigs?
  • chicochico Punta Gorda and PennsylvaniaPosts: 537 Officer
    How do you fish those jigs? Hit the bottom and reel up slowly? Death wobble on the bottom? Jig it up and drop it back?
  • fishingkid315fishingkid315 Posts: 1,953 Captain
    Sweet!!!
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  • Angler SystemsAngler Systems Posts: 919 Officer
    Bluefin wrote: »
    Super Job!

    I'll be ordering the Tsunami jigs before the grouper season re-opens.

    Do you have the same luck with gags on the jigs?

    We have found that gags can go both hot and cold with the Facet Jigs, just depends how agressive the fish are. During a early July trip last year we were over a spot catching Gags on the Jig without being tipped. The bite that day was amazing. We found that the Gags hit the plain jig but the Red Snapper would not even consider them unless they were tipped.

    Here is the report from that day.
    http://forums.floridasportsman.com/showthread.php?64688-Final-Red-Snapper-Trip-of-2012-07-15-2012-Great-Season
  • Angler SystemsAngler Systems Posts: 919 Officer
    chico wrote: »
    How do you fish those jigs? Hit the bottom and reel up slowly? Death wobble on the bottom? Jig it up and drop it back?

    The simple answer is all of the above. It just depends on the day. The rod holder catches quality fish if over hard bottom (swiss cheese)!!!
  • chicochico Punta Gorda and PennsylvaniaPosts: 537 Officer
    I used them this year for the first time, with mixed results. Actually caught different species of fish than the bait guys fishing next to me! I want to rig some smaller ones up so I can get them down deep for snapper next month.
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