On Sunday, I finally got my first chance to get out and do some serious grouper fishing since the season opened on May first. It paid off!
I was with my friend Scott on his boat the REEL DREAM and our friend Tanner. We left out of New River inlet and headed out to some nice bottom in about 120-130 feet of water and began dropping out baits. we used a variety of lures including Bluewater Candy Roscoe’s and something Tanner calls the “after school special”, it’s a squidhead and some bling with an attached J hook and a stinger hook.
The first drop resulted in Tanner bringing in a citation sized Red grouper (weighed 26 pounds). He later caught another citation red grouper at 21 pounds. Scott and I didn’t get any citation size fish but we did catch some nice reds, scamp and a trigger fish. We also caught a few bailer sized mahi on poppers. A pair of them followed a fish be had hooked, the others we ran across at weed lines as we moved between spots.
Fish that didn’t make it home with us (cause the season is closed): A handful of huge Black Sea Bass including one knot head that was 22 inches long! And a very nice sized American Red Snapper.
The ocean was flat, the sun was bright and the water was blue! We had an AWESOME day on the water with good fishing and friendship! (and of course Tanner couldn’t quit talking about those groupers…..........)
Finally! The marine forecast was decent for a day that I could manage to fit into my schedule for some offshore fishing. I headed out at 4am this morning on my buddy Taylor’s boat with Scott and Doug. We left out of New River Inlet and headed in the direction of the Swansboro Hole near the Gulf Stream.
About 6 or 7 miles short of there we stopped and deployed some cow bells (high speed Wahoo Lures) and then continued on at a speed between 15 & 20 knots. We got one quick knockdown but it came unbuttoned before we could even pick up the rod, that was a little after 7am. No more hits for about 15 minutes.
Then we ran across a nice rip caused by 72 degree water on one side and 70 degrees on the other. The rip was popping and was about 50 yards across and full of WEEDS! We pulled in the high speed lures and deployed a nice spread of ballyhoo on Witches and JAGS. Soon it was GAME ON! We worked that weedline for several hours and boated 9 mahi including a bull that I caught that weighed over 25 pounds. We also caught a 15 pound king and two barracudas.
Then the bite died. We tried some other places with no luck. Finally we headed home with plenty of fish and smiles! Great day on the water fishing with friends!