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grouper jigging in Florida

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I fished grouper with Capt Carlos Bastos out of Holiday ( close to Tarpon Spring), Fl today.

Like tuna, grouper don't bite jigs all the time.  But fortunately they were in biting mood today.

I used very light 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch rod and IRT 600 DD with my reliable Super Sardine jigs.

I used 90 lb leader on close to 30 lb drag.

The 6'8" Charter Special Slow Pitch rod are so light and thin that they are good for scup, fluke, tog or cod too. 

 

Red snappers were so thick and we had to move around not to catch red snapper. :)

I even got 24" mangrove snapper on a jig. They usually don't hit jig.

It was very enjoyable trip with good friends in fine weather. 

 

 

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11 hours ago, ksong said:

 

Red snappers were so thick and we had to move around not to catch red snapper. :)

I even got 24" mangrove snapper on a jig. They usually don't hit jig.

It was very enjoyable trip with good friends in fine weather. 

 

 

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Nice, you had a outstanding trip. Every now and then all the stars align.

 

Have a Merry Christmas great New Year.

Lou

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12 hours ago, ksong said:

I fished grouper with Capt Carlos Bastos out of Holiday ( close to Tarpon Spring), Fl today.

Like tuna, grouper don't bite jigs all the time.  But fortunately they were in biting mood today.

I used very light 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch rod and IRT 600 DD with my reliable Super Sardine jigs.

I used 90 lb leader on close to 30 lb drag.

The 6'8" Charter Special Slow Pitch rod are so light and thin that they are good for scup, fluke, tog or cod too. 

 

Red snappers were so thick and we had to move around not to catch red snapper. :)

I even got 24" mangrove snapper on a jig. They usually don't hit jig.

It was very enjoyable trip with good friends in fine weather. 

 

 

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Nice thanks for sharing:)

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I had one hit, but I gave up fishing at night as I lost two lures to the rock.

I had a blast to catch bluefish and jack using 10' Black Hole Suzuki rod and IRT 300 reel by casting small jigs in the afternoon.

 

I was going to fish big striper in Virginia today, but the boat had some issue. Instead, I fished with my friend out of Jacksonville, Fl today.  He usually catch lots of small redfish and speckled trout, but they were not in biting mood as cold front mover in and it was windy. I cast 1/4 oz lure with 10' Black Hole Suzuki rod and IRT 300 reel.

 

I visited Strike Zone Tackle Shop in Jacksonville with my friend. After checking our Black Hole USA surf rods and inshore rods, they showed interest in carrying our rods there.

 

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On ‎12‎/‎24‎/‎2018 at 10:13 PM, ksong said:

I fished grouper with Capt Carlos Bastos out of Holiday ( close to Tarpon Spring), Fl today.

Like tuna, grouper don't bite jigs all the time.  But fortunately they were in biting mood today.

I used very light 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch rod and IRT 600 DD with my reliable Super Sardine jigs.

I used 90 lb leader on close to 30 lb drag.

The 6'8" Charter Special Slow Pitch rod are so light and thin that they are good for scup, fluke, tog or cod too. 

 

Red snappers were so thick and we had to move around not to catch red snapper. :)

I even got 24" mangrove snapper on a jig. They usually don't hit jig.

It was very enjoyable trip with good friends in fine weather. 

 

 

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I'm doing a trip off Marco Island next week with HS friends.   My friend has some stuff but not a real big fisherman so I'm going to bring some tackle.   That seems like a really heavy leader.   Is it mono or flouro and why so heavy. 

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5 hours ago, notime said:

I'm doing a trip off Marco Island next week with HS friends.   My friend has some stuff but not a real big fisherman so I'm going to bring some tackle.   That seems like a really heavy leader.   Is it mono or flouro and why so heavy. 

It depends on what bottom you fish.  Some use 60 lb leader line for grouper in some parts of Florida and you have to use heavy drag when you fish sticky bottom.  We seldom use fluoro carbon as grouper is not line shy. 

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