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Old 04-04-2013, 11:54 PM   #1
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Does anyone target Goliath Groupers from the surf in the Panhandle area? If so what are your tactics?
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:55 PM   #2
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I don't think many do north of cedar key or so. The population just isn't the same here
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:31 AM   #3
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I Just read up on the regs. for GG and it says it requires an immediate release if caught. It states that taking the time to snap a photo is not considered an immediate release. I don't think its worth it if I cant take a trophy pic after.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:42 AM   #4
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I have been thrashing the surf with a fly for many moons and have never caught, or seen any caught.

I'm with ChrisV on this. Too far North! JMHO C2
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:12 AM   #5
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Ive caught a couple in the pass. less than 15 pounds though.
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:22 AM   #6
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They are a rare catch up here... I talked to old timers who said they caugh a jew fish or two in Pensacola Pass - back in the 40's and 50's

Seen photos of one caught every now and then off off the edge- misatake n for a black, gag or warsaw ... I even here fish stories about a jewfish or two hanging out around the 3-mile bridge a few years back ...
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They are a rare catch up here... I talked to old timers who said they caugh a jew fish or two in Pensacola Pass - back in the 40's and 50's

Seen photos of one caught every now and then off off the edge- misatake n for a black, gag or warsaw ... I even here fish stories about a jewfish or two hanging out around the 3-mile bridge a few years back ...
I think the question was: In the surf?

I remember something BIG! many moons ago that people said was a J...Goliath Grouper under the Old 3MB Fishing Pier.

It would steal White Trout on your line, then head back under the bridge. There was no way that you could have possibly landed that monster!

It did give you a thrilling moment! Something to talk about! C2
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:37 PM   #8
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I have a photo of my wifes grandmother standing next to one they caught. Had to hoist it with a tow truck boom! Said the neighborhood ate on it for 3 days!! I have never seen one till we vacatiomed to Ket West last month. Had one in an aquarium and you could feed it. Back to question, I have never attempted it around here!
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:59 PM   #9
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there is one that lives on the three mile bridge caught him once while shark fishing
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Old 04-06-2013, 01:28 PM   #10
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There was a guy who posted on here, not too long ago, in maybe early March, that caught one in the surf near Ft. Pickens and included photos. They are a structure oriented specie but they probably move from one structure to the other during certain months and they have to eat during their travels. The 3MB sighting may be the answer to another poster who says he gets bit there and the fish just hammers him every time and the same story about the Mass also. I do remember when I was growing up we dove the Mass and there was a massive resident GG there then.
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