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Naples Fishing: Gag Grouper!

Grouper, Sunday, February 4, 2018, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Grouper, Sunday, February 4, 2018, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

Naples Fishing Report: Gag Grouper

VacationHomeRental.org. No VRBO Booking Fees. Free To Renters. $99 Annually To HomeOwners.Naples Fishing Report, Sunday, February 4, 2018, Florida Fishing Report – Naples: Gag Grouper, Near-Offshore!  Latest Algal Bloom & Water Quality / Lake Okeechobee Update and Red Tide Report.  We’re mostly focused on Naples fishing the channels, grass flats, passes, oyster bars, mangroves and near shore fishing in Naples, but we also give updates on Naples deep sea fishing.

We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sport fish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Grouper Fishing, Friday, February 24, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.
Grouper Fishing, Friday, February 24, 2017, Naples Fishing Report & Charters.

The Naples-Marco Island area has terrific beaches and beach fishing!  The beaches stretch along the Gulf of Mexico for about 10 miles and include Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Clam Pass Beach Park, Naples Municipal Beach & Fishing Pier (Naples Pier), Vanderbilt Beach, North Gulfshore Boulevard Beach, and Lowdermilk Beach Park.  Naples beaches are often ranked in the top 5-10 beaches in America!

There are also a number of both small and very large reserves in and nearby Naples-Marco Island.  They include Corkscrew Swamp SanctuaryEverglades National ParkBig Cypress National PreserveFlorida Panther National Wildlife RefugeTen Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge, and Picayune Strand State Forest.

Naples Fishing, Grouper, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Grouper, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Like much of southwest Florida, Naples has barrier islands which mean great fishing!  The breadth of the natural ecosystem near Naples is immense and can’t be fully described in this short post.  Marco Island is the most well-known, but Marco Island spills south into the Ten Thousand Islands and unbelievably good fishing!

Naples Fishing, Grouper, Monday, June 27, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.
Naples Fishing, Grouper, Monday, June 27, 2016, Naples Fishing Report & Charters ~ #Naples.

Other islands include Keywaydin Island, which is the longest unbridged island in southwest Florida and has a lot of natural habitats, and Kice Island and Cape Romano, which are very remote!

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“Gag Grouper: Mycteroperca microlepis

Appearance:

  • Color brownish-gray with dark worm-like markings on sides
  • Bottom of preopercle (cheek) has strong serrated spur
  • Fins are dark, with white edges on anal fin and tail
  • Dark lines radiate from the eyes

Similar Species: Black grouper, M. bonaci (spur on preopercle is gently rounded, not serrated)

Size: Up to 36 inches (50 pounds); common to 25 pounds

Habitat:

Coastal waters near structure such as rocky bottoms, reefs and drop-off walls in water over 60 feet deep. Juveniles found in estuaries and seagrass beds

Behavior:

Born as females but can later become male. Gag and red grouper are the most widely distributed of the Florida groupers. Goliath and Nassau grouper are protected from harvest in Florida waters. Spawn between January and May with some of the more tropical species spawning year-round.

Feed on fishes and invertebrates.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 80 lb 6 oz, caught near Destin

Fishing Tips and Facts: Grouper fishing from a boat typically involves baits fished near the bottom, with heavy tackle and heavier to bring grouper to the surface. Live fish or dead cut or whole bait are used. Grouper are very tasty meals.’

Recreational Regulations.  More information at FWC.

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Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

“Black Grouper: Mycteroperca bonaci

Appearance:

  • Color olive or gray with rectangular black blotches and brassy spots
  • Bottom of preopercle (cheek) is gently-rounded
  • Second dorsal, anal and caudal fins black on outer third part of fin
  • Pale yellow or white margin on pectoral fins

Similar Species: Gag, M. microlepis (spur on preopercle is serrated); and yellowfin grouper, M. venenosa (pectoral fins trimmed in bright yellow)

Size: Up to 48 inches (180 pounds); common to 40 pounds

Habitat:

Coastal waters near structure. Juveniles can be found inshore. Adults are associated with rocky bottoms, reef, and drop off walls in water over 60 feet deep.

Behavior:

Spawn between May and August.

They are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning that young predominantly female who transform into males as they grow larger.

Larger individuals of this species are generally found in greater depths and they feed on fish and squid.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 113 lb 6 oz, caught near the Dry Tortugas”

Recreational Regulations   More information at FWC.

Tampa Fishing Report, Sunday, April 9, 2017

Tampa Fishing, Sunday, April 9, 2017, Grouper, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.
Tampa Fishing, Sunday, April 9, 2017, Grouper, Tampa Fishing Report & Charters.

Today’s Tampa Fishing Report: Grouper.

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Tampa Fishing Report, Sunday, April 9, 2017, Florida Fishing Report – Tampa Fishing: Grouper, catch & release; latest Florida Algal Bloom & Water Quality / Lake Okeechobee Update and here for Red Tide Report.

Most of the time we fish Tampa’s flats, passes, oyster bars, inlets, and islands.  Sometimes we’ll go offshore of Tampa a couple of miles or so if we’re fishing for goliath grouper, or tarpon or sharks.

Tampa Fishing Report, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, Florida Fishing Report – Tampa Fishing: Sandbar Shark, catch & release; we’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sportfish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

Tampa Fishing Report, Sunday, March 19, 2017, Florida Fishing Report – Tampa Fishing: Big Sea Trout; please see our SanibelCaptivaFort MyersSeashell & Shelling and Cuban Fishing sites for charter photos from our other captains, additional fishing and shelling reports, and musings on fishing in Cuba one of these days!

Tampa fishing is some of the best in the world!  A fishing trip is a great family adventure and your children will love it!

The Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater area has some of the nicest beaches in Florida, including Ford Desoto’s North Beach, Caladesi Island and Siesta Key!

Perhaps more important to fishing, the Tampa-St. Pete area has a great coastline structure and topography. Barrier islands stretch close to 70 miles from North Pinellas to Venice. In general, barrier islands mean great fishing habitat because they create passes where fish move on the tides in a concentrated fashion, and also protected back-bay areas for the overall ecosystem.

On parts of the west coast of Florida, including the Tampa area, the barrier islands also tend to still have large protected mangrove areas.   Mangroves are critical to the whole lifecycle of the ecosystem. Mangroves are often truly foundational to the formation of the islands and their decaying leaves feed microorganisms that are the starting point of the food chain that leads up to tarpon and sharks at the top of the system!

We’re just getting started in Tampa, but we’re looking forward to reporting on Tampa fishing!

If you are a local fishing guide/captain and would like to submit photos and reports, please let us know.  All are welcome.  You can reach us @ FloridaFishingCharterReport@gmail.com.

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Happy fishing!