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Old 10-02-2012, 10:25 AM   #1
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Is fishing for snapper and grouper in the bay any different than offshore regarding bait, tackle, and method? By bay I mean Choctawhatchee Bay specifically but I'm asking the question in general. I don't think the fish are in the bays in the same numbers but it would give me something to do on days when I can't make the trip offshore because of time, weather, etc.

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Old 10-02-2012, 11:53 AM   #2
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Put your favorite rig out the back to troll, then watch your bottom machine in 15'+ depths, preferably within a mile or so of the pass. When you see a blip, Stop/Drop/Reel.

Live bait works best for me. The fish will be spookier in shallow, so keep your boat noise down.

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Thanks for the tips, I'll give that a try sometime.
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Old 10-02-2012, 05:00 PM   #4
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Naby, just east of Crab Island about 3/4 mile in 18-20 ft of water (toward Joe's Bayou) there were some granite boulders that locals rolled off a barge that was parked there when they were repairing the jetties in East pass. I've caught grouper, red snapper, triggers, and large black sea bass there, but it's been a few years back. Might be silted in - might not.

Anyway, it would be a good place to start.
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Thanks again, I'll definitely look that area over. That sounds like it is pretty close to the bay cones area.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:18 PM   #6
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I have looked and looked for those rocks... Bay cones I find but those boulders are elusive! Good luck to you sir!
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Thanks for the extra info. I'll let you know if I find them.
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