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Best Grouper Fishing Rigs

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Ellen Grant
• Saturday, 03 October, 2020
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How to build three proven rigs for taking grouper, snapper and other bottom species. Consistent success demands precise anchoring or drifting tactics, specialized rigs, a strong back and plenty of elbow grease, not to mention a little of luck.

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Should all of these elements fall into place, you'll find yourself muscling big fish out of the depths and into your cooler. As simple as they might appear, bottom rigs have a major influence on success, or lack thereof.

For many fishermen, the main selling point of fluorocarbon is that the material is simply less visible than traditional nylon monofilament. Therefore, in murky water, where leader visibility isn't a concern, fluorocarbon still offers an advantage that justifies its expense.

For groupers and amber jack, I'll use a large, double-strength, short-shank hook in a size ranging from 8/0 to 11/0, one with a relatively wide gap if I'm dropping big live baits. Although there are numerous variations when it comes to bottom rigs, outlined on the following pages are three highly effective versions that will fool more big snappers, groupers, amber jack and cobra around reefs, wrecks and other structure.

This is a good rig to use with weights heavier than 16 ounces and for fishing over heavy structure. The weight, usually a bank sinker, is connected to the third eye of the swivel via several inches of lighter line.

This rig boasts many of the same advantages as the in-line version when using a long leader, plus the heavy sinker won't chafe the fishing line. Furthermore, should the rig snag on the bottom, it can usually be freed by locking down the drag and winding tight until the lighter line holding the sinker parts.

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However, the short leader provides hardly any slack for a fish to dive back into the structure before or at the moment the hook is set. Then I tie on six feet of 40- or 50-pound fluorocarbon and a 5/0 to 8/0 circle hook, based on the bait I'm using and size of the fish.

It's also productive when fishing the bottom well up current of a wreck or reef. The long leader allows a live bait to swim relatively unrestricted, or a dead one to float more naturally in the current. As the in-line egg sinker rests on bottom, the bait flutters enticingly above it some 15 to 25 feet back.

Should a suspicious fish peck at the bait, the play in the long leader usually prevents it from detecting any resistance. Some grouper grow to over 500 lbs, and can often be caught with a simple hook and sinker style rig.

Some bait shops may have pinkish you can buy, but we recommend going out a day before your grouper trip and catching some above bait fish to store in your live well. If you’re targeting a rock pile or wreck, anchor your boat up current and throw some old cut bait in the water.

A regular bottom fishing tackle setup is a great place to start. We like using a 6 to 7-foot long heavy action rod paired with a bottom- fishing reel and 50 lb test braided line.

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Like we mentioned earlier, we usually fish for grouper off the coast of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, so these are the species you’ll most likely encounter there. They are gray and brown and love living close to coastal rock piles and underwater wreckage.

Gag groupers will even hang in water only a few feet deep if there are structure and bait fish nearby. Their massive size means you need to fish with an extra heavy-duty set up in order to stand a chance.

Lastly, we wanted to share some grouper fishing tips that will improve your chances of catching grouper significantly if you follow them. One of the first mistakes amateur grouper fishermen make is keeping their drag at a normal level.

This is a big mistake when fishing for grouper due to their tendency to retreat back to rocky holes and tunnels after they take your bait. IF your drag is set high, it will be much harder for them to make it back to their rocky hideouts before you can reel them away.

Drifting allows you to cover more water and get your bait in front of more fish than if you anchor your boat. Since oftentimes the difference between catching a grouper and not is just finding them, drifting allows you to maximize your chances enticing them to bite.

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As long as the current isn’t too strong and your lures aren’t down too deep, you should still be able to keep your live/dead bait right where you want it. Since they live at deeper depths than other sports fish, they still enjoy feeding when the surface bite is off.

This is why it’s always a good idea to have a bottom fishing reel and rod ready for off days. Grouper put up a great fight and taste delicious if you prepare them correctly.

Sliding sinker rig with 6-foot mono leader, ready to drop sardine, pinkish or other bait. “Sometimes it’s hard to grouper fish with Mali swimming around your boat, but our stretch of offshore reefs can give up some really quality gags and scamps this time of year, particularly on spots deeper than 120 feet,” he said.

The rig consists of an egg sinker sliding on an 18-inch piece of 100-pound mono between two swivels. A 6-foot piece of 100-pound mono leads to a circle hook, with the size depending on the bait.

“If I’m fishing for gags, my favorite bait is a live golden spot or a pinkish,” said Johnson. Johnson prefers the slip sinker rig, because fooling big grouper is all about presentation.

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Keep the sinker pinned against the bottom swivel and at the first sign of panic in the bait, let him swim away from the weight unencumbered. Johnson says he’d always prefer to hook his live spots, grunts, and pinkish behind the anal fin, but cautions that you have to consider the current.

There are quite a few other species of grouper that are found in deeper waters and throughout the Bahamas and other locations. For the most part, their habits are very similar and will be treated all the same when it comes to tackle and techniques.

The one thing that all groupers have in common is that they are bottom dwelling, structure oriented fish. Seldom will one be found high up in the water column or on sandy bottom with no structure.

Penn is THE name in saltwater tackle and makes some excellent equipment at reasonable prices. This can handle most the bottom fishing situations as well as some light tackle trolling.

Anglers using conventional tackle for grouper fishing can choose a reel with a level wind or one without. Level winds are nice in that the line is spooled up evenly as it is retrieved.

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Many old school grouper fishing reels such as the venerable Penn 4/0 do not have a level wind. Goliath grouper grow hundreds of pounds and requires special tackle.

Anglers fishing in hundreds of feet of water in the Atlantic Ocean with heavy lead will need a stouter outfit than those fishing in 40 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico. Anglers fishing in shallow, clear water sometimes find that lighter spinning tackle makes a more natural presentation.

Some anglers simply prefer the comfort and feel of a spinning outfit. This mostly occurs in the shallow waters of the Bahamas and the Gulf of Mexico north of Tampa.

Therefore, anglers anchor or drift a decent distance from the spot and cast live baits or lures in towards the structure. A 7-8 foot heavy action rod with a 6000 series real is a good all-around combination.

In water much deeper than 50 feet, conventional outfits are simply a better choice. Anglers shopping for grouper fishing tackle and lures will have quite a few choices when it comes to fishing line.

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While the initial cost is higher, braided line last much longer than monofilament. This is very important when grouper fishing as it allows anglers to feel the take as well is get the grouper away from the structure.

Braided line is also thinner in diameter, which allows it to sink faster when fishing in deep water. Many use a strong black swivel to connect the leader to the main line.

A sliding sinker is often placed on the main line and then the swivel stops it from going any further. Leader length and strength varies greatly, depending on the fishing situation.

Many anglers fishing in deep water use a very long leader, up to 20 feet and even longer. Anglers grouper fishing in the Gulf of Mexico are required to use circle hooks.

The hook may look huge, but the important part is the distance between the tip and the shank. Standard short shank live bait hooks are also popular for grouper fishing as well.

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In very deep water, just reeling and coming tight as is done with circle hooks works the best anyway. The weight is generally placed on the running line ahead of the swivel that attaches the leader.

With this rig, the sinker slides on the leader and rest right on the eye of the hook. Also, when snagged up, the sinker jerking up on the line then banging the eye of the hook will often free it.

With this rig, multiple hooks are tied off of dropper loops on the main line. The bank sinker works well as it tends to walk and bounce off of rocks and other snags.

While most grouper are caught on live or natural bait, there are a few situations when they can be taken on artificial lures as well. Trolling with deep diving plugs is an incredibly effective technique when grouper are in fairly shallow water.

It allows anglers to cover a lot of water over a large piece of structure in search of fish. Trolling is effective anywhere that there is submerged structure in the 50 feet deep or shallower range.

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The shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, channel edges and large bays such as Tampa Bay, and coral reefs of the Caribbean are prime spots to troll for grouper. They are categorized by size, giving anglers a good idea of how deep they will go.

Papal and several other lure manufacturers also make quality deep diving plugs for grouper fishing. With the boat idling along at 4 to 5 knots, the plug will dig down to the maximum depth, putting out a lot of flash and vibration.

A down rigger is a device with a cable and a heavy ball which takes the lure down deep. This technique is used extensively in the Great Lakes region for walleye and salmon.

Grouper can also be caught by anglers casting artificial lures, though there are limited situations where this can occur. Basically, when grouper are holding over structure in fairly shallow water, usually 10 feet deep or shallower, casting lures over the structure and retrieving them back in can produce jarring strikes from grouper.

Plugs will dive to a determined depth, while jigs can be worked through the entire water column but are extremely effective when bounced on the bottom right on top of the structure. White buck tail jigs are often used and can be tipped with a strip of squid or cut fish.

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There are basically four types of grouper that are found in good numbers in the United States. Gag grouper are very aggressive and are the species most often targeted by anglers fishing with artificial lures.

Black grouper are normally found in the deeper waters of the Atlantic Ocean and down around the Florida Keys. Surprisingly, they are often encountered in the inshore waters, as shallow as five or 6 feet deep.

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There's actually near 400 species found in the waters of the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. For those of us who go further out sometimes for grouper, we can catch yellow edge, Warsaw, misty, snowy, speckled hind, and scamp.

There are thousands of GPS numbers for wrecks, reefs and grouper holes” available to the public. They tend to stay over hard bottom such as coral reefs and ledges.

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Others like to remain further offshore and hide in dark crevices and caves of reefs. On your chart and pictures, Florida Sportsman Magazine once suggested you look for deep cuts in shallows that are near deeper channels or for shoals that might have newer wrecks close by.

Deep holes several miles out can also hold grouper over rocks that have accumulated there over time or from hurricanes. Typically, for bottom fishing you use something similar to a Penn 113H spooled with 50lb test line on a 6-7' heavy-duty rod.

With our homemade grouper rigs, we make double drop rigs, so we can attach two baits. I start with free lining, I add 10-15 feet of 80lb top shot, AKA leader to my 80lb braid.

Typically, I like to free line for grouper in water that is 12 foot or less, the least amount of hardware that you can get away with using, the more successful you will be. Try to match the baits most natural distressed look; this is key, especially for finicky grouper.

A nice big grouper to start this page off the right way! Grouper are often targeted because their flesh has an amazing texture and consistency that people love on sandwiches, blackened on a plate, or in a salad.

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If you haven’t had a grouper sandwich, you’re missing one of life’s true pleasures. Grouper are heavy and strong fish that immediately try to wrap your line around structure or sharp stuff, so they’re fun to catch because you’ll need to use all your strength to get a big one up to the boat or pier.

Only three species cannot be caught and eaten, you can see in the black cells in the chart below. You’ll find the adult fish around 60 feet deep and more.

And stay at the bottom (3 to 230 feet deep) eating crustaceans and smaller fish. Coney Grouper have color variations including hues of red, brown, and yellow.

These massive fish can eat anything smaller than themselves including sharks, turtles, fish, crabs, octopus, squid, and attempts to have been made to munch on divers too! Identification isn’t difficult when the Goliath Grouper is mature at 400 to 800 lbs.

Goliath Grouper Identifying Features Can grow to 8 feet in length and over 800 lbs. Brownish yellow, gray or green hued body color.

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Head and dorsal part of body and fins with small black spots. Grays by Groupers are best identified with series of spots below dorsal fin.

A slow growing and delicious fish that has been overfished and taken by spears, decimating the population. Strict regulations are in place to attempt to bring back a healthy Florida population of these fish.

This grouper eats fish, crabs, and squid and can grow to around 5 feet in length and over 200 lbs. Misty Grouper Identifying Features Easily recognizable by 8-11 dark bands, similar to Sleepyhead fish.

These Red Grouper spawn more than twenty times between February and June each year. Red grouper are opportunistic feeders and will eat just about anything smaller including crabs, shrimp, fish, octopus, and squid.

Lives on rocky reefs and feeds on crabs mostly and fish secondarily. Rock Hind Grouper Identifying Features Coloration varies, but overall tan color with large oval/circular spots of reddish brown, red, and dark gray and black that get larger toward the ventral side (belly).

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Scamp grouper have almost decorative fins, which can make them easy to identify. Scamp Grouper Identifying Features Scamp Grouper have a brown or reddish body, sometimes it is light gray Lateral (sides) are covered with dark spots, sometimes in small groups.

Upper and lower caudal fin rays are long in a spot, giving appearance of an oriental style fish. Tail is also unique with top and bottom having lengthy spines.

Sub-adults are dark brown and have white spots in vertical rows on head and body. Speckled Hind Grouper Identifying Features Adults (15 inches +) are dark reddish brown and covered all over by small bright white spots.

Yellow mouth Grouper Identifying Features Inside of mouth is yellow. IUCN Realist Status: The Goliath Grouper is listed as Vulnerable and populations declining.

Other Grouper species in Florida State waters are plentiful and not in danger of being overfished. Appearance: Grouper have a thicker body than some other fish with respect to length.

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Some Grouper are found in the Caribbean, Cuba, Portugal, Trinidad, Brazil, and the West Indies. Young grouper spend their early years near submerged rocks and other structure close to the beach, so they don’t become prey for Shook, Jacks, Redfish, other Grouper, Tarpon, and Sharks.

Diet: Pinkish, mullet, other bait fish, crabs, squid, octopus, lobster. This section was easy to write because all three grouper world records were caught in Florida, so they’re the same.

The Biggest Goliath Grouper was caught on hook and line in 1961 at Fernanda Beach, Florida. I remember talking to some people who’d seen a massive Goliath Grouper at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge that they named Hitler.

The Biggest Red Grouper was 42 pounds, 4 ounce fish that was caught on hook and line off St. Augustine, in the Atlantic side of Florida in 1997. Grouper is one of the most often targeted species of fish by anglers all over the USA for a couple of reasons.

If you’ve never had a blackened grouper sandwich at a restaurant along the coast in Florida, you’re missing an incredible experience. Grouper is thick and juicy and has an odd texture that most fish don’t possess.

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Besides being great for a meal, Grouper takes your bait and immediately pulls hard when it realizes it is attached to your line. It’s a real fight to get a grouper up off the bottom of the sea, especially if it’s down 100 feet or more.

They’re heavy, strong, and tough fighting fish that will give you a workout. Small grouper can be found generally inshore, and in water 15 feet deep or more usually.

I’ve caught small black, red, and gag grouper in shallow areas near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in south Pinellas County. To find adult grouper you’ll need to take a charter off the coast and ride out for a while to reach deeper water.

Around 60 feet deep is a good starting point, and any structure, wrecks, or rocks will probably hold at least a grouper or two, but bigger areas will hold dozens, possibly hundreds. Don’t get me wrong, you CAN find grouper in shallower water when it’s cooler, and I’ve seen them pull 12 lb.

Gag Grouper out of 10 feet of water off the Gulf Coast. You basically drop your pinkish down to the bottom and hold on for dear life.

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It doesn’t really matter how much weight you used to get your bait down there, you’ll certainly feel it when the Grouper inhales your bait fish! If you’re fishing with artificial, you can get some larger Your Minnows with 2 treble hooks and try those retrieved at a fast (but not blinding) rate.

Hit the piers, wrecks, rocks, and fallen trees to try to find some Grouper in the shallows if you are in a Kayak fishing or other small boat. Every year there are some good size Grouper pulled in at most of the big piers in Florida.

The easiest way to set up a Grouper Rig is to use a simple egg sinker, swivel, and leader on the end of your braided line. Mono with an 8/0 Circle Hook holding live bait like a Pinkish, Pilchard, or other similarly sized fish.

You don’t set a circle hook, you’ll likely just pull it free of the mouth before it has a chance to work itself into the jaw of the fish. You can Troll for Grouper in the Gulf, and that works well for people who feel like they have to be on the move and want to fish shallow water.

Hook and line, and spearfishing are legal options for harvesting most Grouper Species. Grouper species are regulated differently, and it’s quite daunting to try to comb through the official website and figure out what you can and can’t catch, when and where.

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We’ve combined all Grouper Laws into this graphic to make it easier, but to be honest, it’s a bit easier, but you still need to read a lot to understand how to take Grouper legally in Florida and in International Waters. If you also want to know about which fishing license and permits you need in Florida, we just created a new page for that HERE which easily explains it.

Grouper are farm raised in some areas of the world, primarily Asia. Here’s an interesting and informative article about some challenges Grouper farmers faced in Thailand.

The best way to cook Grouper is to blacken it with some Cajun spices or something that adds some spiciness or other flavor to it. I always bleed the grouper immediately after catching by cutting the gills with scissors or a knife after I’ve put him out of his misery.

Trying to bleed a fish after icing, is an exercise in futility as not all the blood comes out easily. I also coat each side in some finely ground black pepper because I love the taste.

Put the Grouper Fillets in the pan and cover, leaving room for the steam to gather, and escape. Cut your Italian bread into sandwich-sized portions and smear butter and minced garlic pieces on them.

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Put in oven on top shelf on Broil until lightly brown, remove quickly. Throw your fillets on your sandwich, cover with guacamole, tomatoes, chili water, onions, and smash it all together with another piece of garlic bread on top.

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The rigs include 10ft of 900lb stainless steel cable, 12/0 1,500lb barrel swivel and a massive 24/0 super strong circle hook. The most manageable bottom rig to set up requires a circle hook, an egg sinker, and an abrasion-resistant leader material.

When looking for the best grouper bottom fishing reels, you will want to prioritize drag, line capacity, and most importantly gear ratio. If you have the right rig, if you go to right place at the right time and of course with a good bait, you will definitely catch a beautiful grouper.

Hot grouper and snapper action awaits off Floridians central Gulf coast. If rigged properly, and with a little of luck, the Grouper will take the bait and start to swim away prior to feeling resistance from the weight.

They tend to prefer the deeper waters during the warmer summer months, but they can be found a These are the best jigs I have used for Grouper. The easiest way to set up a Grouper Rig is to use a simple egg sinker, swivel, and leader on the end of your braided line.

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http://www.get-involved.us/grouperdigger Assembling a grouper fishing rig with easy interchange of weights and hooks. The best bait for red snapper and grouper can help ensure a successful fishing trip.

Get our best posts delivered straight to your inbox: Like Salt Strong on Facebook:) Time to talk about one of my favorite fish species Grouper ! Mono with an 8/0 Circle Hook holding live bait like a Pinkish, Pilchard, or other similarly sized fish.

Sounds better as u discuss leader and hooks then weight.do I drift or try to stay in one spot using motor should I fish straight down even if it takes 10 pounds is laying on bottom for tile and grouper is the guppy rig or the dropper loop rig for snapper what size line. Spiny dogfish are small, deep water sharks that have spikes near the dorsal fins that can cause a painful sting.

Mark will tie about 20-30 grouper rigs at a time (at home, before he goes fishing) and wrap them around this hand reel. How To Make A Grouper Rig That Saves Money, Time, & Marine Life.

The majority of black grouper we catch have hooks with 20-30 lb line attached stuck in their lips. The best grouper jigging spinning reels include the Shaman Stella STL8000SWPG and Died Saliva 5000, however there are plenty of budget conscious options that will more than get the job done.

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Opt for live bait when possible a cigar minnows or pilchards for red snappers versus sardines for groupers. Each rig is made with the following premium quality components: 10ft of 900 lb SS cable, 12/0 1,500 lb barrel swivel, extra heavy duty 24/0 circle hook, double crimped with thick wall double barrel crimps, connections to hook and swivel are made with a Flemish eye for additional strength at these stress points, swivel and hook a At the ends of the rig you can tie perfection or surgeons loops, making the rig easy to attach to a snap swivel or lead.

I seem to catch lots of big tiles early in the year, April through May, and sometimes in as shallow as 850â1,000 feet. Lighter versions of the rig can be used for yellowtail, gray, and red snappers while heavier variations are ideal for big groupers and buttons.

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3 way swivels in place of dropper loop knots can help reduce line twist. A heavy duty bighead mated with an 8" Glow Curly Tail Grub.

The Shaman Saragossa 8000 and 10000, Died Saltiest 5000, and Penn Slammer SLAIII6500 are all more than a Made with Mustard 39960-13/0 circle hooks, 150 lb. This is not the case with a spinning rod, which has its reel on the bottom to be used with your grouper fishing rig which makes the line parallel to the fish.

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No matter what kind of rig you're using to catch grouper, you'll have the most success with circle hooks. These rigs are overbuilt to handle the largest Goliath and can be used on rod n reel or with a rope hand line.

Add a four ounce egg sinker, 2 1/2 feet of 80 lbs fluorocarbon leader and a 6/0 circle hook and the rig is complete. More serious grouper anglers will opt for the second approach, called a live bait rig.

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This seasonal migration offers bay boat anglers the opportunity to target keeper sized grouper well within sight of land. The most common methods for targeting gags is trolling lipped plugs near the bottom, or anchoring up on rock piles, ledges and wrecks.

It’s a wonderful way to scout for new fishing areas and it’s also great for pulling big grouper away from heavy structure. These depths generally produce Gag Grouper, so I’m looking to troll near hard bottom areas with small breaks and ledges.

Make sure to mark your GPS when a fish is hooked for a second round of trolling or jigging. Heavy action spinning outfits are preferred for jigging, they offer a lighter weight package that’s more comfortable to fish for extended periods of time.

I’ve often seen fish ignore a standard 80lb grouper bottom rig, yet jump all over a lightweight jig head-rigged pinkish on 40lb leader. Owner of The Intrepid Angler, Captain Ross hails from the historic waters along the Caloosahatchee River.

He has a a fishing guide and outdoor professional working the waters of Florida and Alaska over his career. He now permanently resides in Cape Coral offering anglers exciting opportunities to target trophy game fish around Southwest Florida on a custom Pathfinder 2500 Hybrid Bay Boat.

Gag grouper are a mottled brownish gray in color with irregular square shaped patches on their sides. Most catches are fish in the five to ten pound range, just over the legal size limits.

They like any kind of structure, including ledges and holes, and will take up residence in any object that will hide them. Huge migrations of gags gather in the winter months in the Gulf of Mexico to spawn.

Deep trolling large lures or jigs with a strip bait is popular in the Gulf of Mexico. Heavy tackle in the thirty to fifty pound class with conventional reels and boat rods is the standard.

Wire line trolling with a feather jig and strip bait is popular in Florida and the Caribbean. Many anglers crank the drag on their reel down all the way to prevent the fish from reaching a hole.

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