Finally got offshore on Saturday, but might have been better if I would have waited a bit for the seas to calm because at 8 in the morning at about 25 foot, it started getting rough, and I mean ROUGH.....the current was tough but we muddled through and eased into our positions, some of those waves were a bit big, but I was not going to be deterred as the wife held on for dear life.......sky, water, sky, water. It was a rough, but we got there. Dropped anchor at about 35 foot and it was on. Dropped in the chum bag, some cut bait, and got the lines wet. We were busy all day bringing in them in steady. LOTS of groupers, some legal size, some not, but at least a dozen of them, so they are there and hungry. LOTS of mangroves, nice sized, LOTS of big grunts and several spanish macs, along with the typical amberjacks. Kept one of those to eat as I have never had one before, usually throw them back and honestly, it didn't taste that bad, but not a preference for sure. We thought about going out further but just wasn't feeling it after getting beat up on the way out that early........but we did just fine and brought in a cooler stuffed full of mangroves and grunts that fed everyone at night. I mean we had a crap load of them. No pics, sorry, but figured you guys all know what they look like :-). I hope everyone else had fun out there, it turned into a beautiful day after the seas laid down a little bit.
I'm glad that you got into them. It looks like it's going to be another good year for nice sized mangroves.
Oh and I nearly forgot, the wife got 2 hogfish but both were 1/2 inch too short :-(
Louie, look for the highest relief rocks that you can find in 30-40 ft. That's what's been holding the larger mangroves. Chum and feed them up with small pieces of cut threadfin. Sometimes they won't hit shrimp and only want the cut threadfin.
My 18' boat should be fine out there :grin
They move away from the rocks at night if you really want to get a mess of them.
Louie, there are plenty of high rocks just north of the Barge Canal channel that should be in range of your boat. It gets deeper a lot faster than down where I am.
Glad to see life returning to the live bottom areas. Weather permitting I may waste some gas and run out to the 70' areas and see who is home.
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