The Great American Grunt Hunt is in its sixth year! The Old Salt is proud to announce that we are once again sanctioning this event, which means it has our official seal of approval. This crazy and fun for everyone fishing tournament is so fitting for Madeira Beach. Every year we look forward to grabbing our rods, gear and friends to hunt down the elusive white GRUNT (Haemulon plumieri) The objective, to claim a win with the biggest overall and/or the heaviest of a 3 grunt aggregate.
Last year first place went to Brian Hansen with a 2.04 lb fish and took home $500. The aggregate winner was also Brian Hansen with 4.9 lbs total and won $750, making his fish worth $1,250! I think that is around $255 per pound! HOGFISH is a second species to fish for for an additional fee. Hugh Hall took 1st for this last year with a 5.94 lb fish that won him $1,412.50.
White Grunt is plentiful and usually known as a throw back fish or bait in some cases. Their body color is a light bluish-gray, the head has horizontal blue stripes and they have a white underbelly. The average size is 1.5 lbs but we have weighed in many over 3lbs over the years. Their habitat is from the short to the outer reef edge or on offshore hard bottom to 115 feet; most abundant in water less than 80 feet deep. They are a relatively easy catch and can be caught jigging on a sabiki rig.
1 Hansen, Brian 2.04lb $500.00
2 Burger, Brenda 1.98lb $400.00
3 St. Hilaire, Maxwell 1.78lb $325.00
4 Troche, Edgar 1.78lb $275.00
5 Robertson, Pam 1.76lb $250.00
6 Vanhooser, Taylor 1.72lb $200.00
7 Brvenik, David 1.72lb $175.00
8 Stephens, Rachel 1.72lb $150.00
9 Miller, Robert 1.70lb $125.00
10 Wissing, Lola 1.70lb $100.00
11 Dargie, Greg 1.68lb $50.00
12 Drake, Caden 1.66lb $50.00
13 Gerlach, Kip 1.66lb $50.00
14 Bacheler, Frank 1.64lb $50.00
15 Fraley, Sam 1.58lb $50.00
Place Name Hogfish
1 Hall, hugh 5.94lb $1,412.50
2 Wolf, Ron 5.80lb $847.50
3 Burks, Branden 4.96lb $565.00AGGREGATE
1 Hansen, Brian 4.90 total weight $750.00*There are no ties …. If the fish weighs the same, the person who weighs first wins the high place. So be in the weigh in line early!