Carrabelle Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, & Underwater Pictures

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John21:6
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Carrabelle Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, & Underwater Pictures

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On Friday, I picked up my boat from Big Bend Marine, in Perry, where I had it serviced. This was just in time to get some old friends together to target red snapper and gag grouper on Saturday.
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We departed Carrabelle and went south from East Pass. The water temperature was a balmy 83 degrees, which made me think that the big fish would still be deep. (Does anyone know whether water temperatures or the calendar provide a greater influence on fish behavior? Please share your thoughts.) We were going to one of my best spots north of S Tower. On the way out, we passed small patches sargasso weed and after reaching the 80 foot depths, we started running across many large schools of small flying fish. Maybe the sargasso and flying fish mean that mahi-mahi are still in the area.

At my red snapper hole, of course, we caught red grouper and more red grouper. (I’m not sure how anyone at NOAA could decide that red grouper are being overfished.) Eventually, we put a 10.5 lb., 28” red snapper in the cooler along with a few lane snapper.
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The pictures from the underwater camera showed that my snapper hole was holding a lot of snapper. Our success rate, however, showed that the snapper weren’t really hungry or that they couldn’t beat the red grouper to our baits.
Here are some underwater pictures from the deep area:
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We put a 25” gag grouper in the cooler after moving around a bit. Then we fished our way back in where we added another gag grouper and a 14.5 lb. 31” red snapper to our haul.
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Here are some underwater pictures from the trip in:

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For baits, we used frozen LYs and a variety of live baits--sandperch, pinfish, spot tail pinfish, and tomtates. The red snapper were caught on the LYs which were secured to the hook with a little squid.
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doomtrpr_z71
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Re: Carrabelle Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, & Underwater Pictures

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Personally I think day length has a bigger effect, but I'm primarily inshore fishing.

Those underwater shots are awesome!

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John21:6
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doomtrpr_z71 wrote: September 24th, 2023, 6:36 pm Personally I think day length has a bigger effect, but I'm primarily inshore fishing.

Those underwater shots are awesome!

Thanks. The water out deep is a little murkier than it has been in the past. Maybe there is still a bit of sediment in the water from the hurricane.

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Great day! Get the grease hot!
slow motion
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Congratulations. Thanks for sharing your experience.
John21:6
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slow motion wrote:Congratulations. Thanks for sharing your experience.
Thanks


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Forgottoncoast
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Re: Carrabelle Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, & Underwater Pictures

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We went out Sunday. Pretty much the same area. Did good on gags and a few red snapper. A lot of triggers out there
fishforfun
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Re: Carrabelle Red Snapper, Gag Grouper, & Underwater Pictures

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What is the name of those small striped fish in the picture?
John21:6
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fishforfun wrote:What is the name of those small striped fish in the picture?
The small striped baitfish in the underwater photos are tomtates.

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