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Old 12-27-2017, 11:21 AM   #1
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Fishing for grouper at night?

Admittedly, I haven't tried this, BUT, the gags are on the move right now, and the good tide is after dark. I know peeps that have caught 8 n 10 pounders from shore. I've a boat and know where they'll be. I'm just wondering if it's worth it. I DO know that when the vis is crap, smelly bait like sardines work. Anyone with experience, please chime in. I'm trying to avoid wasting my time.
This time of season always gets me itching w/ the fever.
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:39 PM   #2
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Re: Fishing for grouper at night?

It all depends on the fish but we have had some great nights fishing for grouper. Sometimes lot better than the day bite and not so hot.
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Old 12-27-2017, 02:53 PM   #3
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It all depends on the fish but we have had some great nights fishing for grouper. Sometimes lot better than the day bite and not so hot.
Thanks for the input. Understood. It's a full moon right now w/ a major tide around 1am.
What is your experience in such? Did smelly bait do the trick? I'll be fishing seriously low vis, especially at night.
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Old 12-27-2017, 04:07 PM   #4
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Start with one side of the boat using sardines and the other side squid. Once, you get a decent grouper. Then, if you have live pin fish. Have one side use pins and the other side keep chumming with the dead bait. Then, alternate. So, everybody can catch grouper amd large mangoes.
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Old 12-27-2017, 06:15 PM   #5
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Sun up and sun down is best gag bite time. You can catch em anytime they eat but they eat best at those 2 times. Also major and minors seem to get a gag bite going. Couple days left so go get some sandwiches.
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Old 12-27-2017, 08:28 PM   #6
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Start with one side of the boat using sardines and the other side squid. Once, you get a decent grouper. Then, if you have live pin fish. Have one side use pins and the other side keep chumming with the dead bait. Then, alternate. So, everybody can catch grouper amd large mangoes.
Thanks for the valuable input, SS. I've done my share of catching Red Snapper at night on the Elbow on a full moon, grouper...no. The place I have in mind is in less than 10' in the bay. I know they're there.

Thanks, Chawk. I'm a cracker from way back. I do know my way around the boat.
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The place I have in mind is in less than 10' in the bay. I know they're there.
Duh!!!!! Then why don't you hike up your big girl panties and hop in and shoot them in the face?
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Duh!!!!! Then why don't you hike up your big girl panties and hop in and shoot them in the face?
You apparently didn't even bother to comprehend the title, Cupcake. Furthermore, even the dumbest gag I've ever encountered had more sense than you. If it was a red, then maybe we'd have something to argue about.
I've no problem doing some grouper digging when it makes sense. I've done plenty in the 2' vis around the Skyway shipping channel w/ high currents. If it made sense, I'd do it. Thanks for the input though.
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You apparently didn't even bother to comprehend the title, Cupcake. Furthermore, even the dumbest gag I've ever encountered had more sense than you. If it was a red, then maybe we'd have something to argue about.
While you and your Rhodes scholars are arguing over something red and eating cupcakes, I will be shooting said gags in the face and flopping them over the gunnels... of course I am still more than willing to give you that same reach around I did years ago
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While you and your Rhodes scholars are arguing over something red and eating cupcakes, I will be shooting said gags in the face and flopping them over the gunnels... of course I am still more than willing to give you that same reach around I did years ago
Thanks for the accommodation, homo. I'm good. You have fun stabbin' groupers in the dark. Thanks for the input.
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Thanks for the accommodation, homo. I'm good. You have fun stabbin' groupers in the dark.
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Whatever...appreciate the reach around though.
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Whatever...appreciate the reach around though.
In water that shallow, I would try to light up the water to draw the bait around the boat. There are some other ways too. Check your PMs.
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Old 12-29-2017, 01:17 PM   #14
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Re: Fishing for grouper at night?

vis was spectacular in my favorite bay spots over the past 2 weeks, everywhere top to bottom 10-15 feet. I think that run is coming to an end. I’ve seen more gags than I’ve seen in a long time around here.
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Old 12-29-2017, 01:27 PM   #15
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vis was spectacular in my favorite bay spots over the past 2 weeks, everywhere top to bottom 10-15 feet. I think that run is coming to an end. Iíve seen more gags than Iíve seen in a long time around here.
Hmmm...yea, that's curious. Where is "here"? I'm in lower Tampa bay. Usually, the temps would be lower this time of year and the run would be over...although, the water temps aren't where they're usually at. Me thinks the gags rely upon the temps and the amount of daylight...hence, the delay. Thoughts?
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