The rig consists of an egg sinker sliding on an 18-inch piece of 100-pound mono between two swivels. “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. 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. Contrary to popular belief, neither scamps nor gags need a big ledge to hang around.
It is also helpful to score, crush or step on the bait to release more scent into the water. A good fishing technique for these freight trains of the sea is to suspend a bait about a leader length off of the bottom, rod in a holder.
Under no circumstances leave it in free spool or on a clicker while the rod is in a holder! Approximately every 15-20 minutes, pick up the rod and very slowly drop the bait and sinker right to the bottom.
If there is no bite right on the bottom after about 5 minutes, suspend the bait again and repeat the process. On certain occasions when the current is very slow, or there is none at all, a knocker rig, or a jig in 1-3 oz.
Size, can be used for jigging when tipped with dead bait like ballyhoo or squid. This technique works awesome for blacks, but requires more skill to execute properly.
Extensive chumming at one spot for long periods of time is very effective. They help to pick up the slack and stretch of monofilament faster to drive the hook home.
Like most grouper species, Mycteroperca Monaco, or black grouper, really doesn’t disappoint the hard core angler. Even the small ones, at 20-30 pounds can put up a physically draining fight, being known for their short, high torque runs.
That’s quite substantial, considering they’re some of the hardest fighting bottom fish in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Many species of grouper consider the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico home, and the black grouper is no exception.
These guys tend to hang out around offshore wrecks, ledges, reefs, and other structure. If you’re looking for larger ones, you’ll want to head for areas not frequented by other anglers, leaving the fish pressured with a chance to grow.
They’re found on the bottom, but they don’t tend to be very finicky as to what depth to call home. They tend to prefer the deeper waters during the warmer summer months, but they can be found pretty shallow in the winter and spring.
They spawn in March and April over a reef bottom between 30-120 feet of water. Blue runners, cigar minnows, or any small grunts make good live bait choices.
These guys really pack a lot of punch, so anglers left unprepared will find themselves short a leader… or four. You’ll want to grab a shorter heavy action, stout rod rated for 50 to 80-pound test.
Larger circle hooks work well for these guys since they’re less likely to snag bottom. Dead bait fishing gets a little trickier, employing the use of a hi-lo dropper rig with a 230-pound barrel swivel and a four-foot section of 100-pound fluorocarbon leader, with three dropper loops tied at 16-inch intervals and a 16 to 32-ounce bank sinker looped on at the end by an overhand knot.
Your heavier line, coupled with tight drag are instrumental in making sure you can muscle these fighters away from the structure. Unlike many other grouper, the black grouper isn’t likely to hit the bait again for some time once it’s bit.
Once they strike, they make a fast, mad dash back to the nearest hole, often before you even get a chance to react. Give a couple of quick cranks to turn his head up and prevent him from dogging back down into the structure.
Or the anglers’ battle trying to pull the grouper up before it gets to the structure puts more pressure on the line than the weakest point can handle (typically the very top not), leaving the anglers with just a bare end of the main line and the grouper with an entire leader stuck to them… And since grouper are structure oriented, the odds of them getting stuck to the bottom due to the weight getting snagged are high which will make them easy targets to the next shark that cruises by.
Knowing that grouper and most other bottom fish seek comfort in structure when the feel threatened, we need to account for the fact that there will be break-offs in our decision for how we make our leader assemblies. When targeting strong fish that live in and around heavy cover, the likelihood of getting snagged on the bottom is high.
Loop not at the final connection from the leader to the hook (it allows for maximum action of bait in the water while being slightly weaker than the top snug knots like the Uni, Cinch, Palomar, etc.) It is the strongest knot that we’ve tested for this connection, and it happens to also be the thinnest which is great because it allows for the weight to slide over it to save a fish if it happens to somehow break off above the leader.
There are several ways to tie the FG knot, and the one shown in this video is the quickest and easiest that I’ve been able to find so far: The Orris knot is my preferred choice to tie to the Perfection loop because it’s extremely fast to tie and is very strong (not quite as strong as the Palomar, but it’s stronger than any Loop knot I’ve tested so it’ll not be the weakest link).
Juvenile gags reside in estuaries and seagrass beds while adults are usually found offshore on hard substrate in water 60 – 250 feet deep (rarely to 152 m) and occasionally inshore on rocky or grassy bottom. Adults are either solitary or found in groups of 5 to 50 individuals. The coloration is extremely variable but generally brownish gray overall with a pattern of dark, worm-like or kiss-shaped markings along the sides.
Gags can be distinguished from black grouper, Mycteroperca Monaco, that often occur in the same habitat by the distinctive color pattern and the shape of the properly. Wrecks and oil rigs in shallow shelf waters of the Gulf also attract many gags.
The world all-tackle record for red grouper is a 42 pounds and 4 ounces fish caught off St. Augustine Florida in 1997. Blake Schneider and her 2-year-old son Entry snagged a 160-pound doe in Simmesport, La.
Calcasieu’s flounder run peaks in November, Hack Attack spinner bait is big-bass bait in November, Thunder jig helps Port Allen pro match the hatch. The IFA maintains the World Records for all species of game fish.
Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, See a full list of our Social Media accounts, Color olive or gray with rectangular black blotches and brassy spots, Bottom of properly (cheek) is gently-rounded, Second dorsal, anal and caudal fins black on outer third part of fin, Pale yellow or white margin on pectoral fins. Speckled Hind, Gag, and Snowy Grouper all outgrow Red Snapper.
With the help of our friends at IFA, we've compiled this list of Florida Fishing Records. Just this last weekend, Ft Myers based Alex Newman was fishing the Ronald McDonald House Offshore Rodeo and Reggae Party, a charity fundraiser tournament that Alex has fished and placed in before.
, Brent London of Port Allen relies on Delta Lures Thunder Jig, bladed bait, when November passing arrives. Left to Right: Beau Hammond, Jim Lasher, Ben Floyd, and Tim Kent.
Grouper boast the reputation of being the most big-shouldered battling' bottom fish in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Groupies, behold: This man's grouper catch is one for the record books.
According to the International Game Fish Association, which collects and verifies world records worldwide, the current record for a black grouper is 124 pounds caught Jan. 11, 2003, in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas. In this episode, we recall the Top Five Biggest Goliath Groupers ever caught on Blackish.
Florida Saltwater Fishing Records Written by Noah Chain. The International Game Fish Association says the current world record for a black grouper is 124 pounds.
The average catch in Florida is around half that length, weighing between 5 and 20 pounds. (Credit: International Game Fish Association) 2 of … The world record for Warsaw Grouper is a staggering 436 pounds 12 ounces.
Adults are associated with rocky bottoms, reef, and drop off walls in water over 60 feet deep. According to the International Game Fish Association, the current black grouper world record is … Copyright 1999 – 2020 Louisiana Sportsman, Inc. All rights reserved.
The International Game Fish Association says the current world record for a black grouper is 124 pounds. State Record: 113 lb 6 oz, caught near the Dry Tortugas.
Goliath Grouper 680lbs caught in Ferdinand Beach in 1961 by Lynn Joyner. Grouper boast the reputation of being the most big-shouldered battling' bottom fish in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Black grouper have large, powerful jaws that they used to ambush their prey. The Backgrounder is one of the many members of the Grouper family, a variety of fish that have long been popular as game and Learn More.
Dean was using a mixed bait of squid and a cigar minnow when the big grouper hit. The Backgrounder is one of the most popular Key West game fish because it gives a hard fight and is delicious.
While on a holiday trip to the Key West from her home in New Jersey, angler Braille Bennett landed a 7.25 kg (16 pound) black grouper (Mycteroperca Monaco) on November 24, 2013, that could potentially earn her the new female Junior record. Florida Saltwater Fishing Records Written by Noah Chain.
They are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning that young predominantly female who transform into males as they grow larger. According to the International Game Fish Association, the current black grouper world record … That fish was caught by Tim Ostrich in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas back in 2003.
620 South Meridian Street Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. “All of a sudden, that rod just doubles over, and I knew right from the moment I set the hook it was something huge,” Thurman said, adding he initially suspected the catch was a shark or amber jack.
With an official weight of 106.3 pounds, the black grouper Thurman hauled in was 56 inches long. Potential World Record Backgrounder Caught in Florida Outdoor Reporters 06.09.15 What started off as an uneventful fishing trip for one Bonita Springs man ended in … According to the International Game Fish Association, which collects and verifies world records worldwide, the current record for a black grouper is 124 pounds caught Jan. 11, 2003, in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas.
State Record: 113 lb 6 oz, caught near the Dry Tortugas. Check some of these hot categories: dogfish, black grouper, cobra, mutton, cuber & mangrove snapper.
Goliath Grouper aside, there are several species which blow the biggest Snappers right out of the water. For the sake of comparison, the world record gag grouper is listed at 80 pounds, 6 ounces.
Alex Newman and his crew were dropping lines in the Gulf of Mexico for the 3rd Annual Offshore Rodeo Fishing Tournament, when Newman got slobber knocked by a behemoth black grouper.