Key West Snapper. White Grunts. Doesn’t matter what you call ’em, they sure are tasty! I ventured out on a half day trip Sunday on the Miss Pass-A-Grille. We pulled out of the Merry Pier at 8:00 a.m., and lumbered westward.
The last few times I’d been on this boat, I’d been after grouper (with mixed results). Today Grunts were the target. I had a fairly light spinning outfit, fresh 20 lb. SpiderWire, light fluorocarbon leaders, and small hooks (1’s and 2’s). It proved to be perfect for this type of fishing, and over the course of four drops, I nailed a couple dozen nice size grunts. I was hoping that there might be some triggerfish around, but there was no sign of them.
I did see a few gag grouper brought aboard, up to around 25″. With the season closed, though, they were returned safely, as was an 18″ red grouper. Other than the occassional puffer, it was all grunts for the 20 or so passengers on this trip. Compliments to Randy and Rich, who, as always, did a great job of putting us on fish, helping out the tourists, and cleaning the catch.