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Rating - Very_Good   

Saturday, Jan 21 2023
Provided by Hubbard's Marina- Red grouper fishing has been absolutely incredible offshore right now. Any trip thats allowing us to get out there past 110 to 120 foot of water have been absolutely crushing the red grouper. Especially the 12 hour extreme style trips, where weve been doing extremely well on red grouper. Red grouper are loving the big live baits, big dead baits and even the vertical jigs and slow pitch jigs. Virtually anything were putting down in front of those red grouper are getting eaten well. There are still a lot of small red grouper around which is a great sign for the fishery. However, you have to be prepared and very careful while offshore fishing for red grouper or any species for that matter. Make sure youre ready and able to get rid of any undersized, out of season or over-the-bag limit fish quickly, and easily while mitigating barotrauma. Its extremely important that we all do our part and take personal responsibility for those fish that were catching and releasing while offshore; especially once were out past 100 foot of water where barotrauma is more prevalent. Were finding the red grouper most commonly around smaller ledges and potholes in areas of flat hard bottom with plenty of cracks and crevices for those red grouper to hide. Once you get to the bigger larger reliefs; the tendency is for more gag grouper to show up and not as many red grouper or not as much concentration of red grouper. The gag grouper bite is still going really well offshore too and were having to dodge those in order to find big pockets and concentrated numbers of red grouper. Scamp grouper fishing has been going well offshore too. We see a lot of those bigger scamps especially as we get closer to around 200 foot of water. Scamp grouper love those small to medium pinfish. Typically, we find the scamp grouper mixed in pretty well with the red grouper when were targeting them in areas like potholes and small relief this time of year. Scamp grouper are extremely good-eating fish and its always an added bonus to have a good number of scamp grouper mixed in with our red grouper, mangroves, yellow tails, vermilions, porgies and more that were catching this time of year. Mangrove snapper fishing has been going well for us offshore right now as well. Were seeing a lot of mangrove snapper while fishing beyond 120 foot of water. This time of year we typically see a pretty large average size of the mangrove snapper too which is always an added bonus. Mangrove snapper love cut thread fins or cut sardines. I like to cut the head and cut the tail of a threadfin and sometimes even trim the belly so youre left with a nice chunk of meat with plenty of area for that inside juice to leak out into the water and to attract plenty of fish and plenty of surface area to hide your two double snell hooks. Sometimes when the mangrove snapper get a little bit more finicky it helps to have a little bit of a smaller bait to make sure your hooks are hidden well but you always want to make sure your barbs are exposed when fishing for mangrove snapper because theyre such quick biting fish you really want to make sure those barbs are poked out of the bait so you have the best chance of hooking up and not missing the bite. Pelagic wise offshore right now were seeing some nice blackfin tuna action. We see the blackfin tuna while trolling and sometimes while flat line fishing too. Often we catch them just by happenstance when dropping live bait or dead bait to the bottom or retrieving the live bait or dead bait from the bottom. The tuna will grab it on the way up or way down. We also have a chance for wahoo this time of year offshore when the water is cooler we see those wahoo persist in the area much like kingfish will show up in the spring hang out through the summer and then get more concentrated in the fall while who seem to show up in the fall stay around through winter and kind of give a last hurrah in spring.




Saturday, Jan 21 2023



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Tampa Bay offshore


Rating - Very_Good

Provided by Hubbard's Marina- Red grouper fishing has been absolutely incredible offshore right now. Any trip thats allowing us to get out there past 110 to 120 foot of water have been absolutely crushing the red grouper. Especially the 12 hour extreme style trips, where weve been doing extremely well on red grouper. Red grouper are loving the big live baits, big dead baits and even the vertical jigs and slow pitch jigs. Virtually anything were putting down in front of those red grouper are getting eaten well. There are still a lot of small red grouper around which is a great sign for the fishery. However, you have to be prepared and very careful while offshore fishing for red grouper or any species for that matter. Make sure youre ready and able to get rid of any undersized, out of season or over-the-bag limit fish quickly, and easily while mitigating barotrauma. Its extremely important that we all do our part and take personal responsibility for those fish that were catching and releasing while offshore; especially once were out past 100 foot of water where barotrauma is more prevalent. Were finding the red grouper most commonly around smaller ledges and potholes in areas of flat hard bottom with plenty of cracks and crevices for those red grouper to hide. Once you get to the bigger larger reliefs; the tendency is for more gag grouper to show up and not as many red grouper or not as much concentration of red grouper. The gag grouper bite is still going really well offshore too and were having to dodge those in order to find big pockets and concentrated numbers of red grouper. Scamp grouper fishing has been going well offshore too. We see a lot of those bigger scamps especially as we get closer to around 200 foot of water. Scamp grouper love those small to medium pinfish. Typically, we find the scamp grouper mixed in pretty well with the red grouper when were targeting them in areas like potholes and small relief this time of year. Scamp grouper are extremely good-eating fish and its always an added bonus to have a good number of scamp grouper mixed in with our red grouper, mangroves, yellow tails, vermilions, porgies and more that were catching this time of year. Mangrove snapper fishing has been going well for us offshore right now as well. Were seeing a lot of mangrove snapper while fishing beyond 120 foot of water. This time of year we typically see a pretty large average size of the mangrove snapper too which is always an added bonus. Mangrove snapper love cut thread fins or cut sardines. I like to cut the head and cut the tail of a threadfin and sometimes even trim the belly so youre left with a nice chunk of meat with plenty of area for that inside juice to leak out into the water and to attract plenty of fish and plenty of surface area to hide your two double snell hooks. Sometimes when the mangrove snapper get a little bit more finicky it helps to have a little bit of a smaller bait to make sure your hooks are hidden well but you always want to make sure your barbs are exposed when fishing for mangrove snapper because theyre such quick biting fish you really want to make sure those barbs are poked out of the bait so you have the best chance of hooking up and not missing the bite. Pelagic wise offshore right now were seeing some nice blackfin tuna action. We see the blackfin tuna while trolling and sometimes while flat line fishing too. Often we catch them just by happenstance when dropping live bait or dead bait to the bottom or retrieving the live bait or dead bait from the bottom. The tuna will grab it on the way up or way down. We also have a chance for wahoo this time of year offshore when the water is cooler we see those wahoo persist in the area much like kingfish will show up in the spring hang out through the summer and then get more concentrated in the fall while who seem to show up in the fall stay around through winter and kind of give a last hurrah in spring.


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