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||Posted: Aug. 04 2005,04:42
Sue Sea was feeling well enough to get out of the house, so it was off to one of our favorite spots in Dania - Tark's - a little dump of a place that we love, features oysters, clams, etc. We usually get a nice grouper sandwich, lightly blackened, with curly fries. Maybe a beer.
And I remembered the time I trolled up a red grouper off the 2nd reef and let him go cause I thought he wasn't legal. Shame of it - turns out he was, I was confused bout the limits. Woulda made a great meal.
Anyway right after we ended up at Bass Pro to pick up some grillin gear when I saw a new book out by Florida Sportsman "Snapper and Grouper. It's just 19.95 and includes a great CD as well, a real wealth of good info.
Now of course they get into the heavy gear, structure finding approach - which can really get a bit sophisticated, and needs a good boat. But they also covered Reef Trolling, the activity leading to my picking up a nice grouper on light tackle. I quote:
|Today, a family out trolling for the weekend, with minimal fishing experience offshore, can tie on a few plugs and pull them behind the boat in murky water up to 50 feet deep, catching sizeable grouper without even possessing secret spot "numbers"... |
On a broad area of "live bottom", fully known to the fishing public, you can troll back and forth and picking off grouper up to 15 pounds and more. Even small kids can reel in these fish, since the boat helps pull them away from rocky cover.
Mutton snapper as well. Now unlike the heavy gear, brute strength approach - light tackle reef trolling over "live bottom" in 50 ft or less is perfectly suited for yakfishers. This particular chapter then goes into considerable detail re gear, plugs, etc.
Some of the other chapters include Hard Bottom, Shallow Reefs,
Deep Reefs, Wrecks, Tackle, Bottom Rigs, Bait, Chum, Electronics, Party Boats (picking a good one), Deep Dropping and Conservation.
Although I've just begun to get into this book, it's a good one. Best of all it reawakened my interest in reef trolling for grouper and snapper...
Edited by Capn Jimbo on Aug. 05 2005,13:54
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