Finally, grouper make it to the dinner plate

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By Danny Allen

 Grouper,  grouper,  grouper. Folks have been waiting all year for the officials to say it is okay to keep a few fish to eat. 

The boat ramp was full of double and triple axle trailers, which all had a offshore boat sitting on them, prior to daylight. 

The local grouper charter captains finally got a chance to spring into action. Most have been sitting on the sidelines, so to speak, all year. 

I had the chance to speak with Capt. Phil Muldrow ,of Native Son Charters, based out of Cedar Key. He said the bite was a lil’ tuff but he said a limit was reachable both days he went. He did the best in 45’ but did wet some lines in 65’ and was also able to boat some keepers out that far, as well. Capt. Phil also said that boating 15 barely short red grouper would produce a keeper. 

Well folks, catching a 19.5” red grouper is just as dang fun as a 20.5” grouper. 

There is plenty of fish, overall, to catch and the limit is low and reachable when the weather cooperates. The current grouper limit is a aggregate limit of 4 fish -  2 gag grouper and 2 red grouper. The red must be 20” and over the gag 22” and over. 

Now for some inshore - the redfishing was a lil’ off due to the wacky tides we had this week. The best moving water was 2 hours before daylight. That kinda makes it tuff. We were still able to fill limits and some extras. 

So, all in all, fishing here in the Key was a good place to be. That’s all I got. C y’all on the salt.


Capt. Danny Allen can be reached at gulfcoastflatsfishing@gmail.com or 352-215-3686.