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How long do you give a spot?

RJMurphy4142RJMurphy4142 Posts: 151 Deckhand
Wondering how long is typical to give a spot before relocating.  Specifically, bottom fishing offshore for grouper.  


  • kellerclkellercl Posts: 9,306 Admiral
    I don't offshore, only inshore, but I do 15 to 20 minutes.  If fish are there and hungry, they hit quick.  
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  • CaptJCaptJ Posts: 1,373 Officer
    Depends on how confident you are that the spot will produce, and also based on past experiences.
  • 10kman10kman Posts: 795 Officer
      4 minuties and 17 seconds.How in the world does one
    know?Did I see fish,birds,dolphins?Was the water moving 
    or still?Way more questions than answers.
  • brianbbrianb Posts: 2,443 Captain
    I know guys that won't do much but slow down if they don't see anything on the FF. In my experience better captains rely on their electronics more and move fast, including drift resets. 
  • xeniaxenia Posts: 978 Officer
    If I don't get a bite after three days, I move.
  • CountryBumpkinCountryBumpkin Fla. Piney WoodsPosts: 1,873 Captain
    brianb said:
    I know guys that won't do much but slow down if they don't see anything on the FF. In my experience better captains rely on their electronics more and move fast, including drift resets. 
    Some of my best grouper spots are small ledges that never mark fish or bait. Although there may be a little bait there if you sabiki.

    Usually bring bait caught at the bigger ledges that always mark fish.
    And on those once in a while "good days" we have had to pull anchor to go get some more. :)

    However with Roy and his minions and their current limits, when the bait is gone the limit is usually filled. :(
  • petedoggiedogpetedoggiedog Posts: 206 Deckhand
    when the beer runs out?
  • SansPeurSansPeur Orlando, FLPosts: 162 Deckhand
    Depends on if we are hanging a chum bag overboard. Drifting I may go back over a spot 2 or 3 times. If anchored and chumming I will give it about 30 minutes. If nothing is building up behind the boat I am moving on.
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  • chicochico Punta Gorda Posts: 563 Officer
    The best captain I fish with usually gives it 10 minutes tops, if there is nothing, he moves. The other guy will wait a half hour, sometimes the fish take a little bit to turn on. Never know. 
  • BarrellBarrell Posts: 1,291 Officer
    We go through lots of chum. It can take an hour for the chum to fire up a spot.
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 9,571 Admiral
    Depends on tide and when the tide change will be. Lots of other factors also to consider.

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  • FusionZ06FusionZ06 Posts: 1,030 Officer
    If I have current and it's moving decent and there is a show? I'll wait them out many times. If snapper fishing just keeping going lighter until they eat. Stinky bait always first. 
  • ArsinekArsinek Posts: 64 Greenhorn
    I think it depends on conditions and spot. As an inshore guy if I catch a creek 2 hours past high tide I might spend all day in it. That's moving up the creek so I guess I'm moving the whole time but I'll stay in that one creek.
  • NitzeyNitzey Posts: 214 Deckhand
    I agree with the 15 to 20 minute comment.   However,  tide changes are important.  
  • smooth movesmooth move Posts: 514 Officer
    20 min.
    le se' bon ton roulet
  • HooknCooksHooknCooks OrlandoPosts: 83 Greenhorn
    I usually wait quite a bit, I figure the fish will eat; I just have to figure out what they want.
  • justintimejustintime Posts: 57 Greenhorn
    Usually if theirs a hungry and dumb fish it will hit almost immediately. If you whent thru the trouble of anchoring you may want to wait 20 min. Or let out or bring in some rode if you aren’t getting bites immediately. Maybe you’re short of the structure or past it. Turn the wheel to change the angle of the engine in the water, it acts as a rudder in the current and you’d be surprised but a few feet to the port or starboard can but you on top of a lazy fish or send your baits scent in a completely different direction. Throw out a flatline and talk to your friends on Florida Sportsman while you wait for a bite  ....If you’re  drifting I guess this topic doesn’t apply as you’re moving anyway..
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