The Grouper Knot works great on anything with an eye; hooks and swivels are perfect candidates. The small profile and simple construction of this knot make it easy to tie anywhere, it’s a great one to keep in your arsenal for rough days offshore.
The Figure 8 knot is strong, easy to tie, and fast. Watch our quick how-to video below and learn how to tie a Grouper knot.
The most typical application would be for tying a hook to a leader where the leader strength is greater than 30 pound test. The Grouper Knot is used for a line to hook connection.
Hold hook and line end and begin to tighten. The gag grouper travel really close to shore when the weather is colder, even sometimes to deep channels and residential canals.
Pitch live mullet or sardines by the dock’s edges, tighten up your drag and make sure you hang on. One reason, is that you’re able to cover lots of ground, so you’ll have a better chance of finding a very large grouper.
Another reason is that when fish bite trolling lures, they have to do it by coming out of their ledges and holes. People who are experts in fishing for grouper use frozen sardines and squid for their chum.
The smaller grouper species and fish like grunt are going to chew up this type of bait and then disperse their leftovers into the water. That’s when you follow up your chum and drop a live grunt or pinkish so that your larger groupers bite.
So when you are bottom- fishing and you’re anchored, using chum can increase the amount you catch dramatically. If you’re getting good bites while close to a reef, you’re probably going to find that they are going right back into holes and your fish will be lost.
You’re going to find that there aren’t a lot of situations in which you can use either artificial or natural bait when you are trolling. When you are slowly trolling using a lure made for deep diving, it’s going to produce a lot of fish.
When you’re fishing at depths of approximately 160 feet, you’re not going to feel a bite on your monofilament because of the line stretching. But you should always use a leader that is long and clear, anywhere from 4 to 6 feet, so your fish isn’t spooking when they see your line.
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Grouper are part of the Mycteroperca family, which means these bottom dwelling predators enjoy anatomical features which are perfectly suited for strength and endurance in a fight to the finish. Groupers make their home under coral ledges, within rock piles, and particularly wreckage for sunken ships and debris.
While I was diving on a wreck in 110 the other day, I came across a big dead black grouper that was half buried in a hole. I was intrigued by the giant fish half poking out of the hole, stiff as a board, and pulled him out of the wreckage for a closer inspection.
Don’t go overboard here and show up with a tuna stick, but make sure you select a rod which is built specifically to battle groupers and lift them clear of structure which can cut line in a split second. Make sure you’re using a strong shock leader of approximately 25 connected by crimps to 100lb ball bearing swivels (use the same outfit you would use when trolling for bull dolphin offshore).
Some of the most popular lures for grouper trolling in Miami, FL include Mann’s stretch 20s, Papal Magnums, and Your’s in pretty much the largest size available. It’s best to use one rod when trolling for grouper, unless you’re feeling somewhat adventurous and are confident you can keep the plugs far enough apart as to avoid snagging and wrapping up the lines.
We typically troll between 20 and 30 of water along the patch reefs, working the sand immediately next to the reefs/rocks which are widely scattered from Iowa Rocks south. Many charter boats enjoy decent success trolling for grouper off-Key Biscayne, and will often work their way from Government cut south to Iowa before doubling back.
While it’s 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. If we’re targeting groupers specifically on a trip, we will bring a selection of baits to make sure we can offer a wide menu.
We find that pinkish, goggle eyes, and big pilchards work best for grouper in the summer months, but grunts and blue runners are a close second. If you’re anchored up on an area and the grouper bite is consistent, you might consider tossing a few chunks into the water to get fish fired up while vertical jigging.
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There are three main ways to double over your rod on these hard pulling bottom dwellers. Five pound boxes of Spanish Sardines and Cigar Minnows are a great way to get the ball rolling when bottom fishing for grouper.
The most common live baits are pinkish, grass grunts, and squirrel fish. Leader material ranges from 50lbs to 100lbs depending on the depth and the size of fish that you are targeting.
And listen, unless you’re trying to be the little drummer boy, patient don’t bounce the lead on the bottom. Over the last five years, vertical jigs have made their way to many of the top grouper anglers' arsenals.
Braided line is the key component to making this system work. The good old trusty stand by Buck tail jigs can also be fished on these rod and reel combos.
Starting from loading the boat with the right equipment and supplies to detailed instructions on drifting a grouper hole, tips and techniques are provided in detail. After a lot of experimentation I developed a tangle-free, flexible grouper fishing rig.
This video describes everything you need to know to make up this rig. Like many fish species in the wrasse family, young gag grouper are predominantly female, transforming into males as they grow larger.
The coloration of this species 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 (the middle bone of the gill cover).
Wrecks and oil rigs in shallow shelf waters of the Gulf also attract many gag grouper. Trolling lipped diving plugs in shallower areas of rocky bottom or reef is also a very effective method to catch these fish.
More Advertise Blog Contact Us Earn Free Knot Cards Testimonials Wholesale not Cards The FCC (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) manages the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean differently, and it’s important to know what’s in season and what you can harvest from each shoreline.
The Gulf of Mexico is a unique body of water that provides commercial and recreational anglers plenty of fishing opportunities. The Gulf covers most of Florida’s west coast, from Pensacola in the Panhandle to the start of the Everglades at the tip of the peninsula.
This is important to keep in mind as there are different regulations for what’s in season and what you can harvest depending on if you’re in state or federal waters. For counties of Franklin, Weibull, Taylor and Jefferson (in the Panhandle area from Apalachicola to Steinhatchee) there is open season in state waters from April 1 to June 30, and again from September 1 to December 31.
Black, Red, Scamp, Yellow fin and Yellow mouth Grouper all have similar regulations in the Gulf. It’s open season in both state and federal waters for Rock Hind, Coney, Yellow edge and Snowy Groupers.
You can ask your charter captain if the size you have is a keeper or not; or refer to the FCC regulations to make sure you’re staying compliant. Now moving east to the beautiful Atlantic Ocean where there are excellent opportunities for grouper fishing.
Keep in mind, the FCC considers the Everglades and Florida Keys as part of the Atlantic Ocean waters, and all fishing done in these areas must stay within Atlantic-specific regulations. From the Florida Keys to Jacksonville, anglers have hundreds of cities to choose from to launch your grouper expedition.
The real question is, what subspecies of grouper you’ll find at the end of your line. The season runs until December 31, and each angler can collect one or the other each trip within the 3 grouper aggregate.
While federal waters have a season from May 1 until August 31 and there is a bag limit of one per vessel per day. Honestly, that’s why there are regulations in place, so that this incredible species is not overfished and the population stays healthy.