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I just spent 2 weeks in the Florida Keys and got to do some fishing. I didn't catch many, but I had a great time with my Dad. Few things top spending quality time with Pops doing what we both love. 

 

The canal we stayed on was loaded with grouper. I caught a few and each one i caught had several others following them up. These things pull like CRAZY. At first I tried to use my bass rod to land one, but that was an exercise in futility as they are just too tough and the area was to small to allow a fight before they got into holes in the sea wall and broke off or wrapped around pilings. 

 

Here are the ones i caught. As awesome as these fish are, I still like bass fishing more. lol 

 

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That is crazy, I didn't think that gags were supposed to be shallow in the summer. I have seen where people can catch them fishing docks in Florida, but only in the winter. Very nice fish! (and top notch table fare)

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Great catch!

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I'm not a grouper expert at first I thought it was a gag, I'm not so sure the markings don't appear to be quite the same. The one's I've caught have been offshore over reefs, black grouper too.  A must is knowing the species, some may be legal and some not.

 

Nice groupers none the less and they do put up a very respectable fight.  Given the water they were caught from, catching them on bass gear would be a ball.  Offshore in 80 fow, no.

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You may be right, it could be a black grouper. They do look similar. I tossed it back anyways. 

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Nice. Keys canals hold just about everything, you never know what you are going to pull up!

Did you get a chance to chase any tarpon?

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no tarpon catching, but i saw one in the canal that was easily 150

 

I also went to that place Robbies where you hand feed the tarpon and have a nice battle scar from one lol 

 

 

Here is what it is like there…. (not my video)

 

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