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Best Grouper Trolling Lures

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Bob Roberts
• Friday, 13 November, 2020
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This is because grouper like to live near the bottom close to underwater structures like rocks and wrecks. In this article we’ll go over the bestgroupertrollinglures depending on the type of lure and presentation you plan on using.

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Probably the most popular type of groupertrollinglures, deep diving plugs work great when fishing for grouper in water no deeper than roughly 30 feet. The Your Crystal 3D Minnow Deep Diver Trolling Lure is a great option when trolling for grouper (and other saltwater fish like Spanish mackerel) as it’s realistic 3D eyes mimic an actual bait fish’s eyes.

The X-Rap has been a trolling favorite for years and works well for many species (like halibut, lake trout, and more) of fish besides just grouper. If you have access to down riggers or want to use a diver separately from your lure, we recommend using soft plastic groupertrollinglures.

These lures look and feel more like the fish grouper are used to eating, and are an excellent choice for trolling. The rubber tail’s action imitates a frantic bait fish trying to escape a hungry grouper.

The rubber tail flutters in the water at all speeds and mimics a scared shrimp or shad. Grouper love feeding on both small crustaceans/bait fish and find the Each Fat Swing Impact Rubber Shad irresistible.

If you aren’t getting any bites on your soft plastic lures or the diving plugs, we recommend trying out a fishing classic: metal spoons. Metal spoons imitate sardines, mackerel, and other small shiny fish that grouper like to eat.

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These chrome-covered spoons have been catching many types of fish for years, including grouper. They have a simple action that when trolled with a down rigger looks like a small bait fish that has been separated from its school.

It has a more aggressive action than the Clark spoon which can entice reclusive grouper from where their hiding in underwater structure. The Huntington Stainless Steel Drone Spoon works for many saltwater species (such as smaller yellow fin tuna and bonito) along with grouper, so it’s a solid addition to any tackle box.

Keep in mind that we typically fish for grouper in the southern Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, so these are the species common to those areas. They are gray and brown and love living close to coastal rock piles and underwater wreckage.

You usually won’t catch Goliath groupers while trolling because they live in deeper waters and go after larger bait. While this can make figuring out where to fish for them easy, you need to be extra aware of your lure depth and how fast you’re trolling.

If your lure bounces off the bottom when you’re trolling over underwater structure, you’ll most likely snag and end up losing equipment. This might seem counter-intuitive when trolling, but you don’t want to give a hooked grouper any chance to swim back into the cover it darted out from.

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If it gets back to the hole it lives in, chances are your line will scrape against the rocks and snap. A tight drag will not only prevent this but also act to set the hook with the movement of the boat.

Grouper are reef-dwelling aggressive fish that are large and make a great addition to any outdoor grill. Many lures on the market are developed to trick an aggressive predator like grouper.

The most effective method is trolling slowly over their prime habitat or reef area, because their instincts naturally tell them to chase their prey and make a quick bite. Grouper lures are more effective than bait because the fish like to stay close to their reef home.

That is because they are predators that love the chase and catch the action of a fish in the water. This ideal grouper lure for deep trolling whether you are inland or way offshore can reach depths up to 30 feet and speeds of 13 knots.

The transparent design with an internal cast system means that you will throw it a good distance. Corrosion resistant parts mean it will endure through lots of fishing trips and use.

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Since early 1952, Salas jigs have been helping fisherman catch albacore, perch, and grouper. This jig is a popular seller, because it really works to hook those big grouper fish.

With 7 times the light and a 3/0 hook size, you are sure to land some big grouper with this great lure from Salas. For over 50 years, Your has been making quality lures in Japan and shipping all over the world.

Their advanced technology means they lead the industry in products that are among the best in artificial baits in the country. Your Crystal Minnows have a bright holographic finish that reflects light and attracts big game fish even in murky or unclear waters.

Whether you are using a stop and go or steady retrieval, these minnow lures from Your get the job done when it comes to catching big grouper. Whether you are using a stop and go or steady retrieval, these minnow lures from Your get the job done when it comes to catching big grouper.

With one of the above grouper lures, you will be sure to catch a great tasting fish on your next outdoor adventure. They are found in the warmer waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and points south.

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While they are a powerful fish that puts up a strong battle, grouper are prized by many anglers for their flaky white fillets! 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. Reefs, wrecks, artificial reefs, areas of rocky bottom, and ledges are the top spots where anglers catch grouper in open water.

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.

With this outfit, anglers can cast lures and live baits towards structure as well as have a decent chance of landing a big fish that might be hooked when bottom fishing. In water much deeper than 50 feet, conventional outfits are simply a better choice.

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While the initial cost is higher, braided line last much longer than monofilament. 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. In very deep water, just reeling and coming tight as is done with circle hooks works the best anyway.

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The weight is generally placed on the running line ahead of the swivel that attaches the leader. However, there is another rig that works very well for grouper fishing, particularly in water shallower than 100 feet.

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.

Many a large Goliath grouper has surprised an angler casting to the mangroves for shook or redfish. The reports I was seeing posted with large grouper being caught in shallow water got me thinking.

“Honey, I think it’s time we spent Thanksgiving with your family in St. Petersburg.” It was already mid-November, but the three-and-a-half-hour trip from Stuart doesn’t take much planning. My wife Chris called her parents and happily told me they were looking forward to seeing us.

It was a good thing considering I had already booked a three-quarter day grouper fishing with my friend Capt. I lived in the St. Petersburg area for 14 years and always wanted to target the fall time inshore gag grouper bite.

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Each October when the water temperature starts to drop, beginning at 76 degrees and peaking at 70 degrees, the gags begin to show up on the inshore rock piles of the northern Sun coast, ranging in depth from a super-shallow 8 feet to 20 feet. He said what you’re looking for are isolated rock piles, not typical west coast limestone cheese bottom or ledges, in 15 to 20 feet.

Ed Walker prefers side scan to traditional sonar for locating rocks, not fish. The trolling lures will tell me where to begin fishing.” As for what type of rock pile to look for, Walker stresses the smaller the better for later in the season.

Once Walker catches a keeper, he marks the rock pile, both visually via his sonar and with his GPS. The quickest and easiest way of doing this is by shifting to neutral and letting your boat drift in the current and wind.

Ed uses a dry-erase marker to keep track of both the anchor heading and number of fish in the box. “An accurate anchor job, meaning the rock pile ends up just off the stern of the boat is key,” emphasized Walker.

Ideally you have the wind and tide working with you, it’s a small victory every time you get your anchor back.” But, we didn’t have any problems in our five or six stops. A couple of anchoring tips: One is, you may want to think about shackling the terminal end of the chain to the fluke end of your anchor, then use twine, wire ties or heavy mono leader to fasten the chain along the shank.

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Finally, anchored up, it was time to get serious about catching our Thanksgiving Day gag. “Don’t stop’em, let the line peel off the reel.

Once your bait realizes that there’s more harm in the rocks than in the live well you won’t get him to swim back down,” said Walker. And just as Ed predicted after a swing and a miss on a grouper strike, my pinkish wouldn’t go deeper than the keel of the boat with my next attempt to send it back down.

As soon as we had a new recruit pinned to the 9/0 Owner circle hook he eagerly, and quickly, made the wrong decision and beelined it for the rocks. For line Ed uses 50-pound mono, no leader; 60-pound is too thick and jumps off the spool and 40-pound breaks too easy.

As soon as my clear keeper came over the gunnel, Ed was encouraging my father-in-law, Art, to cast his bait towards the rocks ten feet off our starboard side. Art’s fish was a keeper and Ed made an update on the console next to the anchor heading.

Within minutes, we were trolling again and equally fast we were establishing our COG and anchor heading. We were catching a keeper grouper, over 24 inches in the Gulf of Mexico, on about every third fish.

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“No better Thanksgiving gathering than the one we spent on the rocks with Ed,” said Blair, who took this picture of family with fish. It wasn’t even 11 a.m. when Al brought over the gunnel the biggest fish of the day and with that, Sharpie in his mouth, Ed exclaimed that his streak was alive.

Rock piles north of Anecdote up to Cedar Key, on Florida’s Gulf coast, represent an important aggregation zone for pre-spawning females. Gag eggs have to be spawned at the right time and place to ride with ocean currents to estuaries 50 to 100 miles away, where they spend their first months of life.

After gag are about half a year old, they begin to move to shallow nearshore habitat. But before this, they form all-female pre-spawning aggregations that begin to show up when the cold fronts pass through.

At this time, females feed heavily to build up their reserves before migrating. Dr. Sue Lowerre-Barbieri’s lab (Fri/Of) is researching gag behavior, movements, and sex change, working with knowledgeable fishermen.

Ed shares his expertise, what he is seeing on the water, and often is hired to help with sampling. As part of the gag research he has been sharing data from shallow-water respawning aggregations and dart tagging females he releases.

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If you capture a gag with a dart tag, please call the Fri hotline at 1-800-367-4461, so we can better understand the habitats these iconic Florida fish. Just so you know, Track Fishing may earn an affiliate commission from the links on this page, at no extra cost to you.

If you want to engage in fast and intense fishing for grouper, you will need a six or seven-foot spinning rod coupled with a heavy reel. Although heavy reels are not required for inshore fishing with live bait rigs, they don’t hurt.

This will allow you to exert more strength and precision when it comes to extracting the grouper from its hiding places. Shaman TLD 2-Speed Conventional Reel is durable, sturdy, and remarkably powerful.

It offers exceptional lever drag, a unique feature that should be praised for numerous reasons. The Shaman TLD has a unique design that includes a solid graphite frame as well as a side plate with an aluminum spool.

Shift gears easily with the two-speed effect of this reel and know that it has a maximum drag of 42 lbs. With a quick retrieval rate and a line capacity that is far beyond what you could ever need or want, the Shaman TLD is one of the best grouper reels for you to consider.

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Easy to maintain with smooth drag Durable and corrosion-resistant Has a low gear ratio A slight upgrade to the Penn Squall series, this reel is not only robust but it’s also durable.

The Penn Squall Level Wind is corrosion resistant as it is designed for saltwater. Lightweight and strong, this powerful conventional reel is perfect for grouper along with other bottom fish and predatory species.

You aren’t limited just to grouper when you use this reel, however, as it can also be used for other bottom fish or large species, too. Built with a solid aluminum frame, this reel is strong, and resists rust and corrosion.

The Penn US Senator also has the HT 100 drag system, providing you with all the fishing power you might need. It can easily land fish past 50 lbs, offering power and user-friendly design.

It has a power handle that is comfortable to use and easy to hold along with reversible harness lugs. It has a durable gear train and is machine framed, making it more resilient and perfectly aligned.

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Known as the Saliva Lever Saltwater Reel, this product has six separate corrosion-resistant ball bearings. You won’t have to worry about replacing any ball bearings any time soon, even when you fish daily in saltwater.

It also has a machined aluminum frame and plate that make it super strong and resistant even to being dropped! It has a precision ratchet feature for anti-reverse and a gear ratio of 6.3:1 or 3.1:1, depending on which option you purchase.

Several sizes and gear ratios available Massive stainless steel cut for smooth winding and awesome power Corrosion-resistant bearings It performs well on fresh and saltwater, offering greater versatility and strength than some smaller models.

A highly capable reel, it can hold a ton of monofilament or braided line. This reel has a bail wire made out of heavy aluminum along with an oversized line roller, giving you excellent performance for long term use.

Comes with a manufacturer’s warranty Reduces bulk and maximizes efficiency Comes with a comfortable EVA handle They are often caught high speed trolling, but you can also catch them slow fishing.

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The body is designed to change colors in the water with a powerful wire construction to handle a battle with Yahoo. The lure has 3 durable treble hooks that make it great for catching a variety of saltwater species, while the lure is designed to move with a wobble action that attracts fish.

The lure features a sharp 10/0 hook and strong cable for your trolling needs. The reflective color pattern, skirt, and rattle system is designed to signal through the water and get the Yahoo paying attention to your lure.

Pros Reflective pattern and skirt to attract fish Durable stainless steel Rattle system Made with durable wire construction and available in five color options, this unique lure is an excellent addition to any serious anglers' arsenal.

In this set you get 5 high-speed Yahoo trolling lures and a convenient carrying back to store everything in. For five heavy-duty trolling lures this is one of the best bangs for your buck you are going to find, overall this is an excellent value.

The Capt Jay Fishing Topped High Speed Trolling Lure takes our final spot. This is an extremely affordable high-speed lure that features a multicolored skirt and an eye to help attract the fish.

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It features a metal head with a tough stainless steel cable and a 7/0 hook. Most often Yahoo are caught with high-speed trolling lures, which is the most exciting way to catch them.

Hearing your line blitz of the reel with Yahoo action is thrilling. You can also catch them slow trolling or dropping jigs though, so you don’t just have to limit yourself to one kind of fishing.

Black, red, purple, or any blends of these can be good color choices. Don’t be afraid to try more exotic colors like pink or yellow too, they can work great.

If your lure bounces off the bottom when you’re trolling over underwater structure, you’ll most likely snag and end up losing equipment. Depending on the season, artificial fishing lures are divided into winter and summer species.

THE REAL FISH ADVANTAGE: Our popular Sand dabs are being used by many professional anglers who are filling their limits in the boat. Metal spoons imitate sardines, mackerel, and other small shiny fish that grouper like to eat.

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Good snug knot like the Uni, Cinch, Palomar to connect the top of the light leader to the weight section. If it gets back to the hole it lives in, chances are your line will scrape against the rocks and snap.

The black sea bass, trigger fish, summer trout, flounder, and other bottom biters love the option of a free meal. While its a bit more expensive to leverage this tactic due to fuel costs, it can certainly help to catch multiple fish in a day by covering lots of ground.

They have a simple action that when trolled with a down rigger looks like a small bait fish that has been separated from its school. As the fishing season kicks off with the arrival of spring, anglers start thinking about their favorite baits, and those whose preference is king fish are no exception.

REALISTIC MOVEMENT: Simulating a natural sand dab, jigging and trolling motion, and its tail action increases the chances of your fishing line getting strikes. Gag groupers will even hang in water only a few feet deep if there is structure and bait fish nearby.

Keep in mind that we typically fish for grouper in the southern Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, so these are the species common to those areas. This might seem counter-intuitive when trolling, but you don’t want to give a hooked grouper any chance to swim back into the cover it darted out from.

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There are times when artificial lures work great for catching grouper, a Our Top Pick. Even with 6 ounce weights record would follow it down on the drop and strip the bait leaving only the Bonita skin.

DURABLE AND LIGHTWEIGHT: Made with soft plastic material, the Sand dabs smooth skin feels and looks like real. The best way to target trout is by using either live bait such as shrimp or mullet or artificial lures such as mirror lures.

Pinkish are great bait because they really hate being on hooks and complain a lot by making grunts. The standard double and triple bait drops work well for yellow edge grouper and smaller tile fish.

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It has a more aggressive action than the Clark spoon which can entice reclusive grouper from where their hiding in underwater structure. Grouper trolling is an excellent alternative to bottom fishing for grouper if the current is slow and the reef bite just doesnât seem to be happening.

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The X-Rap has been a trolling favorite for years and works well for many species (like halibut, lake trout, and more) of fish besides just grouper. Platinum Black Hooks stay sharp and strong, Durable construction stands up to big game fish, REALISTIC FEATURES- Made from durable and flexible 10X material, the SMASH CRAB JR is very tough and ultra-realistic; Fish will think this crab is real and too tasty to refuse, LIFELIKE MOVEMENT- Once cast, it will flip onto its belly and the legs and claws will vibrate rapidly to attract fish’s attention, FRESHWATER TARGET SPECIES- Bass (Small & Large mouth), Trout, Wall Eye, Muskie, Pike, Catfish, SALTWATER TARGET SPECIES- Tarpon, Permit, Redfish, Striped Bass, Grouper, Mackerel, Bluefish, Sea trout, Snapper, Shook, Sunfish, SIZE- 75 mm (2.95”) WEIGHT- 18 gm (0.63oz) HOOK SIZE- 2/0 SINK RATE- 3.3 sec/m.

While this can make figuring out where to fish for them easy, you need to be extra aware of your lure depth and how fast you’re trolling. Most would agree that the best part about catching flounder are the sweet, succulent fillets these peculiar fish provide, so a 9.7/10 our score.

Poppers are great surface lures that work well when fished properly. Lures, plugs, and chiggers will work occasionally and in a pinch, but by far the preferred baits are live.

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Fishing Lures Another really common type of grouper you’ll catch while trolling is, In this article we’ll go over the bestgroupertrollinglures depending on the type of lure and presentation you plan on using.

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If you aren’t getting any bites on your soft plastic lures or the diving plugs, we recommend trying out a fishing classic: metal spoons. This ideal grouper lure for deep trolling whether you are inland or way offshore can reach depths up to a Not only is it a lifelike facsimile of the crustacean, it also incorporates a small rattle inside that makes a subtle a Also, a GREAT bait are “Yoga's”.

This is because grouper like to live near the bottom close to underwater structures like rocks and wrecks. Pinkish are great bait for catching giant fish in shallow waters.

The best grouper bait is an artificial lure that mimics a wounded or fleeing bait fish. The Your Crystal 3D Minnow Deep Diver Trolling Lure is a great option when trolling for grouper (and other saltwater fish like Spanish mackerel) as it’s realistic 3D eyes mimic an actual bait fish’s eyes.

Grouper love feeding on both small crustaceans/bait fish and find the Each Fat Swing Impact Rubber Shad irresistible. They have a simple action that when trolled with a down rigger looks like a small bait fish that has been separated from its school.

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You usually won’t catch Goliath groupers while trolling because they live in deeper waters and go after larger bait. A tight drag will not only prevent this but also act to set the hook with the movement of the boat.

These lures look and feel more like the fish grouper are used to eating, and are an excellent choice for trolling. ¢ At Crystal River, keeper gag grouper are biting on the nearshore rock piles in 5 to 10 feet of water while casting shallow, diving lures.

The rubber tail flutters in the water at all speeds and mimics a scared shrimp or shad. If you have access to down riggers or want to use a diver separately from your lure, we recommend using soft plastic groupertrollinglures.

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They can reach up to 8 feet in length and can weigh as much as 800 pounds, with colors that change to camouflage them against the background. As the fish migrate closer to shore, they often find their way into residential canals, making them easy targets for crafty anglers.

This is a great time to fish from docks, using sardines or live mullet and tightening up the drag on your reel. When spring arrives and the water warms up heading into summer, those same fish that had spent the colder months in the shallow begin moving back offshore toward deep water.

Yet unlike many species that hurry offshore into the deep, grouper can often still be caught in the shallows. They head to ledges and holes, seeking to shake the hook or snap your line.

If plan to muscle a big fish, you'll want to gear up with a stout rod and reel, and use an 80 to 100 pound mainline. And as smaller fish chew it up and disperse their leftovers into the water, the larger grouper get stirred up and ready to feed.

At this point, you're ready to follow up the chum by dropping a live pinkish or grunt to attract the larger fish. Yet it's not going to be as successful when you're fishing close to a reef because they will go back into holes where they are more likely to break off.

One reason for this is you can cover a lot of ground quickly, giving yourself a better chance of hooking a large grouper. Lures that are designed to dive to depths of 30 or 40 feet will typically catch a lot of fish.

When you're trolling slowly over ledges and shallow reefs, these artificial deep-water baits work great. And because you'll typically be trolling in depths of 60 feet or more, monofilament allows you to set the hook yet still stretch enough so that you don't end up cutting the fish's mouth when it strikes your moving bait.

Mono filament is strong yet forgiving, making it the perfect line for trolling. Using a line that offers greater sensitivity is important when bottom fishing because you'll be working depths of around 160 feet.

Click here to learn what to expect on a chartered deep sea fishing trip. Trailer for Targeting gag grouper in shallow water is really fun.

Learn how to bottom fish, troll and cast plugs for grouper. There is a guy in Crystal River, Florida that is an absolute grouper fishing wizard.

He is one of those fishermen that has a deep understanding of the fishery and how any given atmospheric or tidal condition drives fish behavior. Dan is not going to blur the lines as he lays out how to catch grouper with dead bait on the bottom and how to use lures to trigger bites on the troll and casting.

Now, this is shallow water, so the bites are fast and the action faster. Know the gear rules and saltwater fishing regulations in your state before you set out.

Bottom fishing is a great way hit rocks in shallow water where the grouper like to hang out. Dan will talk about how he positions his boat relative to the target zone and how he drifts baits into the lions' den.

In Florida, circle hooks are required when targeting reef fish. Since you are trying to stop a powerful fish close to his house, you will need some stout tackle and high speed reels.

Dan will explain everything about the tackle, tactics and the grouper rig. See what kind of monofilament he uses, how much weight, the swivels, leader material and hooks.

Circle are required when targeting reef fish, in Florida. As the cooler water starts to move in during fall, bait scatters and grouper become really responsive to a lure vibrating over their house.

In 15 feet or fewer trolling for grouper is a very productive way to cover water with lures. Grouper will key in on a specific cooler at times, so you need to be prepared.

Learn how Dan quickly dials in which color is the flavor du jour. Plus, he will share his stealthy tactic of getting extra action out of the plug to produce more strikes.

The act of casting a big plug and cranking it back only to have it get smashed by a powerful fish with the sole intention of getting into the rocks is the thrill. All along Florida's Gulf coast, there are rock piles in 6-8 foot range that offer excellent gag grouper action.

See which plugs Dan likes to fish and why, the size/class of rod and reel he prefers for casting long distances, the line he spools his reels with and how much drag he prefers. Learning how to fish for grouper from a guy that knows this game so well is so nice.

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