Grouper Jigging Trip to NC on 04-18-08

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  1. ksong

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    Choi and I drove down to Sneads Ferry, NC, just south of Morehead City to fish with Capt. Ken Mullen and Capt Joe Hifko for grouper fishing on 04-18. We started to fish in 80 ft about 16 miles off the inlet. I was surprised to see we catch some nice grouper in 10-15 lbs range in such a shalllow spots in winter. Though fishing was pretty decent, Capt Joe didn't like the action and told us to make a 20 mile run for red grouper.
    He tried many spots in 110 - 130 ft and finally found right depth. Thought it was Choi's first grouper fishing ever, he was a hot hand. If he had landed all hooked grouper, he could have caught about 25-30 groupers in 15-25 lbs range. I jigged all day, but groupers were not responding to jigs well. I had one scampi, one gag and three red in 10 - 20 lbs range. However, I caught one nice fluke, a cobia, many vermilion snapper, silver porgy, triggerfish, a nice bonito in addition to groupers on a same 8 oz hammered diamond jig. There was no dull moment at all as something bite my jigs all the time.

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  2. hatidua

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    Good stuff Kil! the fish even match your foul weather gear in a few shots :D
     

  3. STx Fisherman

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    Thanks for the pics Kil.....they make me want to go jigging !!
     
  4. JerseyBrian

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    I love the pics Kil. Akira-san said hello! ;)
     
  5. Ice Cream Man

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    Nice report.......How do you work a Diamond Jig (is my go to jig) for Flounders?...thanks...........ICM
     
  6. cbaker77

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    Glad you guys got into em Kil. We had a tough time finding grouper yesterday but ended up with some real nice gags and a yellow edge. Most grouper came on jigs for us though. I think the full moon really messes the grouper fishing up around here. Cheers!
     
  7. Snagged

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    Looks like you had a decent day dispite the full moon.
     
  8. BretABaker

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    nice cobia....id like to get one on a jig as well :)
     
  9. ksong

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    Looks like you had a decent day dispite the full moon.
    Sure we did. :)

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  10. Snagged

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    Yes, indeed you did! :)
     
  11. njnicka

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    I would say so!!!
    Way to catch up!!
     
  12. ksong

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    Another nice grouper jigging out of NC yesterday.

    This red grouper doesn't look big, but it weighs 29 lbs 4 oz.
    I got it on the tail on a diamond jig. :)
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    another nice 20+ lbs red grouper on a jig
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  13. Snagged

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    Kil, your making me jealous! :)

    Looks like you had another good day.
     
  14. ksong

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    I drove down to NC again to fish grouper yesterday.
    This is my 8th trip to NC this year. When we left the inlet, I knew we were going to have a good day as water was so clear and there was no swell.
    Groupers were in biting mood and I could catch 9 nice groupers in 10 - 22 lbs range on jigs. The more I fish in NC, the more I appreciate how good the NC fishery is. I caught a cobia on a jig again.

    Nice red grouper on a hammered diamond jig.
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    These fishes were caught while jigging for grouper.
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    The sizes of red groupers we caught were quite impressive.
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  15. gman

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    congrats Kil you impress as always. Do you live in Essex County BTW
     
  16. Snagged

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    Congradulations Kil
     
  17. LEXPRO

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    Kil, do you only have that kind of result using hammered jigs? What method do you use with them? Nice trip and pictures.
     
  18. JerseyBrian

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    congrats Kil you impress as always. Do you live in Essex County BTW

    Glenn, I believe he lives in the same county as I do (if he lives in Englewood Cliffs). Bergen County.
     
  19. ksong

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    congrats Kil you impress as always. Do you live in Essex County BTW
    Yes, I live in Livingston in Essex County. My office is in Englwood Cliffs.

    Kil, do you only have that kind of result using hammered jigs? What method do you use with them? Nice trip and pictures.
    I mainly use 8 oz hammered diamond jigs simply because it works better than any other jigs for me and they are cheap. I bounce the bottom. While most grouper were caught under the boat, I had a couple by casting far and working bottom.

    You need to find one good spot to cach like this. I had three on jigs on this particular spot.
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  20. gman

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    Yes, I live in Livingston in Essex County. My office is in Englwood Cliffs.


    I mainly use 8 oz hammered diamond jigs simply because it works better than any other jigs for me and they are cheap. I bounce the bottom. While most grouper were caught under the boat, I had a couple by casting far and working bottom.

    You need to find one good spot to cach like this. I had three on jigs on this particular spot.
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    I live right next to you in Fairfield, near Caldwell