Shallow Water Grouper Fishing
For many people the idea of Gag Grouper and shallow water do not go hand in hand. However, in Crystal River Florida it does! We have a very unique fishery that allows us to catch quality Gag Grouper in less than 20 ft of water. This fishery is usually at its peak from October through December but we can catch grouper inshore year round. Typically, we use 3 different techniques for catching the gags inshore, bottom fishing with bait, trolling shallow diving plugs, and casting plugs to the fish. This is a fun and dramatic fishing experience with bone-jarring strikes being the norm and physical being needed to pull these strong fish away from there structure.
Due to the fact that these grouper always try and use structure to break the angler off strong tackle is a must to give the angler a chance to land these fish. Our go-to setup is a Shimano 10,000 Saragossa spinning reel matched with a Shimano Terramar XXH spinning and 65lb braided line. This set up works great for all 3 of the different techniques that we employ to catch the grouper.
We do our best to provide a custom trip tailored to the desires of each group that steps foot on our boats as long as the requests are reasonable. On grouper trips we spend most of the day targeting grouper and if we get our limit then we will usually go target another inshore species of the customers choosing.