Last Updated on August 2, 2022 by Eric Bonneman
Late summer is a great time to be on the water fishing in Florida. The redfish bite is hot, and scalloping season is in full swing. But for those anglers looking to target grouper, the wait is almost over. September is prime time for some of the best shallow water grouper fishing of the year.
September 1 means the start of some of the best grouper fishing in the country in Crystal River, Florida. It’s an exciting time for fishing enthusiasts, as shallow water grouper can be caught in abundance. In this post, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of shallow water grouper fishing, including several ways to make the most of a grouper expedition. So mark your calendars and get ready to wet a line!
Shallow water grouper fishing takes place close to land, making them a great target for those looking to get their grouper fix without having to venture too far offshore. In addition, many of the same techniques used for other types of fishing can be employed when targeting grouper in shallow water.
Bottom fishing with live or cut bait is one of the most common methods for catching grouper in shallow water. This style of fishing involves using a heavy sinker to anchor your line on the seafloor and then waiting patiently for bites. Since grouper are predominantly bottom dwellers, sinker-based fishing is one of the most effective techniques.
Another popular method is trolling with shallow running lures. Trolling can be an effective way to cover more ground and find active fish. In addition, trolling is an excellent way to elicit reaction-based strikes from grouper.
Casting lures in shallow water habitats is another excellent way to catch grouper. This method is often used by anglers targeting other fish species but can be just as effective for grouper.
Using the proper tackle is one of the most important things you can do when grouper fishing. Grouper are extremely strong and capable of intense runs once hooked. To keep them out of deeper structure, use heavy rods and reels spooled with a heavy-duty line.
Now is the time to start planning your shallow water grouper fishing trip. So mark your calendar and start packing your tackle – September is just around the corner, and with it comes some of the best shallow water grouper fishing of the year!
If you’re ready for a fun-filled, action-packed fishing experience in Crystal River, book a trip before schedules fill up. We’ll treat you to the best shallow water grouper trip in the country!