• June Fishing on Florida’s Adventure Coast

    Fishing-Report-HeaderJune is here and that means that grouper season has arrived. Gag grouper season is from June 1 to December 31. The daily bag limit is two fish per person, sized 24 inches or longer.

    There are many ways and water depths to catch grouper. Shallow water grouper fishing is my expertise; I have mastered the art of grouper fishing in state waters inside of nine miles of the Adventure Coast. I target these fish in six to twelve feet of water and, depending on the conditions, I either use live pilchards or plugs to catch the gags.

    This is the gear I use:

    • Eight-foot XXH Shimano Teramar rod
    • Finn-Nor 80-size reel
    • 50-pound power pro line with 50-80 pound leader at five-feet long
    • A 4/0-6/0 circle hook.

    For fishing gags in June, get out early because the bite will be quick. You might get a keeper or two per rock. They will fire up fast and turn away fast in summer months so have a game plan of rocks or ledges you want to hit before the heat takes over.

    Live pilchards are my go-to bait but you can also use dead thread fins and Boston mackerel.

    The deeper you go, the longer the bite may stay going as the water is a little cooler at the bottom. I know a lot of guys that will hit the 50-70 foot offshore depth range and have a steady bite.

    Tarpon are still here to catch as well. Book your trip soon to catch the fish of a lifetime.

    Note: Hernando County is the southernmost area to catch and keep spotted trout, redfish and snook. South of the Hernando/Pasco county line is catch and release only as a fisheries replenishment measure.

     

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