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One of the most unique and exciting things to the West Coast of Florida is the Shallow water Grouper Fishing!
In the fall months starting in late September the Gag Grouper move into the shallow water bays of the nature coast of Florida.
Let’s Go Catch Florida Grouper!
These waters range from six feet deep to twenty feet deep. The west Coast of Florida is made up of Lime Stone and oyster Reef bottom. The lime Stone is what brings these Big Gag grouper into the Shallows for the fall and winter. The lime stone bottom has holes in the rocks that make for perfect homes for these Gag Grouper.
One of the other great things about shallow water grouper fishing trips is the amount of area that we can fish. The benefit to a large area is reduced pressure on the Grouper population. The Gag grouper grounds are about fifty miles of the nature coast of Florida.
How to catch Florida Gag Grouper with a lure
There are many ways to catch Florida shallow water grouper on the west coast. One of the most exciting ways is with hard plugs. Florida Fishing Company uses many different colors of plug and these plugs come in multiple different depths. There are two ways to catch these Gag Grouper on lures.
The main way Florida Fishing Company uses them is in trolling. We trolling the lures about two feet off the bottom and about four miles per hour over rock piles that we have found. When the lure passes over the groupers hole he will dart out to chase down the plug and strike. These fish have one of the hardest strikes that you will ever feel on light tackle gear. The other way that these plugs are used is casting and retrieving. The Captains at Florida Fishing Company will pull up to a rock pile and drop the trolling motor. The Captain will then trolling around the rock pile while you the angler cast and retrieve the lure in anticipation of one of the hardest striking fish in the Gulf of Mexico.
How to catch Florida Gag Grouper with live bait
Another great way to catch shallow water Gag Grouper in Florida is by dropping live bait on what we call a knocker rig. A knocker rig is basically a weight on top of a circle hook. The captains at Florida Fishing Company use a variety of live and cut baits but our main bait is Live Pin Fish. Live Pin Fish are like candy for these Gag grouper and rarely refuse them. These method is used a lot when we have more than two or three anglers on the vessel.
The captains at Florida Fishing Company are very experienced and have been mapping these rocks for year. The vessels have the latest equipment like side scan imaging which is the closest thing to x-ray vision on the dash of the boat. The Boats also have a wireless trolling motor on board that allow you the angler to have the front deck of the boat while the captain holds you in position. The trolling motors also have a feature call spot lock. Spot lock will hold the boat on an exact GPS spot while the captain baits and nets fish for you the angler.
We are all about the experience and attention to detail here at Florida Fishing Company.
Florida Fishing Company includes all fish cleaning and packaging into the price of your trip. When you arrive back at the dock the Captain will pull the fish out of the boat so that you may get a group dock shot of your fish. Once that is done you are free to get a beer or cocktail at the tiki bar next to the cleaning table. If you want you can even order lunch from the food truck right there while we clean your fish.
Another option is to have your catch cleaned and cooked right there at the dock. Its a great way to end a perfect day of fishing with the freshest grouper you will ever eat.
The Shallow water grouper trips typically last about six to eight hours and don’t worry if we catch our limit of grouper before that there are a bunch of other species we can try to catch to fill up the ice box even more.
Gag Grouper Season is from the start of June to the end of December in Florida.
We provide the most professional & friendly Florida fishing charters available, book now and we can’t wait to see you out on the water. The season is from the start of June to the end of December. With that being said Florida Fishing Company books up fast with Limited slots.