Red grouper closure was recently announced too. This is a quota closure, meaning that the quota for red grouper is projected to be met. Meaning that we are catching a lot of fish and the fishery is healthier.
We are seeing some nice mangrove snapper, quite a few lanes, and a few red grouper on the ten hour all day trips lately with a good number of the grey snapper, or white grunts, along with plentiful porgies too.
Gag grouper fishing has been hot too and we are seeing them deep right now due to heat of the water. We are catching them using much larger live baits but also dead baits. A lot of big gags lately have been biting well on strips of the bonita, whole squid, and bigger threadfins with the tails cut. The trick is getting them landed once you get them to bite. That has been difficult unless you are using the appropriate tackle around 80lb leader minimum. However, around 100lb leader is best with around 7-12ot hooks depending on your bait size.
The 39 hour trips are slaying the red snapper right now along with some big gags, fat red grouper, some really nice scamp grouper, plentiful mangroves, some yellowtail, porgies, vermillion, almacos and more!