Diehard grouper fishermen once headed for the ledges in spring before a January-to-April season closure changed their habits. Now, many fishermen are experiencing their best action in the final month they can these fish.
Capt. Mike Webb of Morehead Citys Pelagic Sport Fishing and Jodie Gay, owner of Blue Water Candy Lures, did just that one day last December, taking advantage of one of the idiosyncrasies of North Carolinas weather patterns. When winter arrives, there are always some warm, calm days that leave the oceans surface as slick as motor oil, and these are perfect days for bottom fishing.
We catch just about anything out on the ledges in December, Webb said, but with the season closed for sea bass and red snapper, it makes grouper your best option for bottom-fishing. You are going to have to sort through a lot of fish you cant keep, but you are going to catch some nice grouper. There are plenty of big gags out here.