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What types of gag grouper fishing charters are common?

Nearshore fishing is the most popular for gag grouper as well as offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and flats fishing.

The most common fishing techniques are bottom fishing, heavy tackle fishing, and trolling but light tackle fishing and live bait fishing are popular as well.

How much do gag grouper fishing charters cost?

for gag grouper prices can range anywhere from $300 to $3,000 and up, but the average price for a half day for gag grouper is $1,023. The average price for a full day for gag grouper is $1,764.

When is the best time to go gag grouper fishing?

The most popular season for gag grouper fishing is summer, and most anglers book their trips 32 days in advance.

Where can I get a fishing license for gag grouper and what are the bag limits for gag grouper?

See here for more information on gag grouper fishing licenses, gag grouper bag limits, and fishing season regulations for gag grouper. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right gag grouper rules and regulations.



What is a Gag Grouper?

Gag grouper (Mycteroperca microlepis), also known as velvet rockfish or charcoal belly, are a member of the grouper family. They have a mottled-gray coloring with spots ranging from worm-like, boxy, or even “kiss-shaped” covering their stocky body and large head.

They are often confused with other members of their family, especially the black grouper. They can be most easily distinguished by their coloring, as well as the shape of their preopercle. The preopercle is the middle bone of the gill cover, which with gag groupers are noticeably notched with a very lobed appearance, whereas black groupers have a very rounded preopercle with no lobe below it.

Also, like many of their grouper family, they will use their swim bladder to make low grumbling sounds when they feel threatened.

How big do Gag Grouper get?

Over their average lifespan of 16 years, gag groupers can grow up to over four feet and weigh over 50 pounds.

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    It's been awesome! Lots of red snapper, groupers and tunas.
    In the bay we’re catching mangrove snapper and grouper. We’ve been using a #2 circle hook with 14 pound leader for the snapper and 30 pound leader for the grouper. Cut bait on the hook and free line back with the chum. On the flats, we’re using live and dead thread ins and greenbacks to catch bull redfish and snook. Mostly smaller snook in the flats. Dead Bait is working just as good as live bait. Bite has been good on the snook as well.

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