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Grouper Season Opens Up After 4 Month Closure- Groupers Snapping

Capt. Paul Roydhouse
May 2, 2017
Fort Lauderdale - Saltwater Fishing Report

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Grouper season just opened up and they are snapping. On our drift boat, the red and strawberry groupers are biting great. And on our sportfishing charterboat, the larger groupers such as blacks, warsaw and snowy groupers are biting. It's been hard for us to release all the groupers we've been catching over the past few months. It almost makes me cry releasing a 25 pound black grouper. We don't have to anymore. Groupers are back on the table for us now, we can keep them again.

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Groupers are interesting fish. They are one of the only fish that almost always takes the bait and swims directly into their hole or around a rock. A big art to catching groupers is to pull them out of the rocks without breaking them off. There are several techniques including putting it into freespool and letting them swim out naturally. Or tightening up and twinging the line (like you're plucking your guitar). Or slowly pulling them out inch by inch, trying not to break them off. Heck, I've even swam down and grabbed them by hand a few times. With groupers, it's an art to getting them out of the rocks and sometimes you just have to do whatever it takes.

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Groupers are all over the wrecks and reefs this month. They haven't been harassed by us fishermen for a very long time, so now is a great time to get out there and catch them. Let's go fishing!

Capt. Paul Roydhouse

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Come fishing with us on one of our 3 daily trips aboard the 85ft Catch My Drift for only $40 per person. Drift fish the reefs for kingfish, tuna, snapper and grouper. Also, Sportfishing charters with Capt Paul Roydhouse catch some of the biggest fish in the ocean. Capt Paul is a Ft Lauderdale native fisherman, with over 43 years of local, full-time fishing experience. We also run All Day Fishing trips for only $100 per person aboard the Mary B III. Sportfishing/drift fishing combo trip.

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