Inshore Red Grouper


It was another spectacular Spring weekend here in Florida. I managed to spend a few hours pier fishing in St. Pete Beach using live pinfish and frozen sardines.  The current was running decent just after sunup, and the fish were active.  My first catch was a surprise- a red grouper, caught from a pier. It was about a foot long, and took a sardine:


After that, it was all gag grouper till the current went slack. I caught two over 20″, including one that JUST missed being legal. The last fish of the day was also a surprise; a feisty little cobia, again on a sardine. There were a few mackerel around, but no sign of the snook. I did see one decent mangrove snapper landed. They should be following the bait in any day now.


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