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Grouper catches in Gulf waters are great.

another red grouper
another red grouper
photo by Jim Lee

Hernando Beach
In 30 to 40 feet of water last week, only gray snapper were found. Not to be defeated, Captain Frank,, moved his charter group to 60 feet and hauled in the keeper size red grouper as well as a nice catch of gray snapper.

However this week in the same area, gag grouper had moved in and 4 keeper gag grouper were taken up to 37 inches. Several fish were broken off as to hot to handle by fisher folk. If the angler isn’t quick enough doesn’t get the fishes pointed up in the right direction and he gets in a hole, that fish will most likely break off.

Be sure to watch your tides. Grouper bite best when the tide is moving. When the tide changes, the grouper bite will stop. So if you plan a morning trip, don't arrive at your destination as the tide slacks or you will have a disappointing experience on the first drop. Also if you have both cut and live bait, start with cut bait. This will draw the other fish and the smell with get the grouper headed in your direction. At this point when the action slacks, shift to live bait. However, if you know you are on fish, start with live bait.

If you are a fly fishing enthusiast and want to try your hand at shallow water grouper fishing you might try this. With a 10 to 14 weight fly rod, sinking line and the fly of your choice, You might just catch a grouper. Cast the fly as far as you can while over a rocky area, let the boat drift letting out 3 times the depth worth of line. As the boat moves, work the fly. A Clouser is the favorite for action, but you run the risk of loosing it on the rocks, but once you get the hang of it, you could catch grouper, mackerel, king-fish, gray snapper or whatever is there. Remember, any fish on a fly rod is a hoot. About loosing a fly; a lure manufacturer once was quoted saying “If you aren’t loosing a lure now and then, you aren’t fishing in the right place.