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Daniel Brown
• Friday, 13 November, 2020
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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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. 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.

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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. 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.

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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.

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.

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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. 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.

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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. 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.

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In conclusion, this article on the best grouper fishing tackle and lures should help anglers catch more of these hard fighting and fantastic eating bottom fish! This is because grouper like to live near the bottom close to underwater structures like rocks and wrecks.

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.

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.

Gag groupers will even hang in water only a few feet deep if there is structure and bait fish nearby. They’re often caught using down riggers and keeping your trolling lure 10 to 15 feet off the bottom.

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.

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While most groupers won’t be larger than 40 lbs, some grow to enormous sizes! 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.

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.

If jigging and using grouper bait aren’t working for you or you want to cover a lot of water, trolling is the ultimate grouper fishing weapon. Trolling for Grouper is not a common method known to many fishermen, however it is extremely productive and can also be employed when the wind is blowing hard making it rough offshore, but inside on the reef it is nearly flat.

This is a great way to make what might be a “weather day” in the Bahamas very productive and fun. Start with preferably Dacron or braided line, with second choice being wire, and third monofilament.

The more flexible the rod, the better to take shock on strike and to keep from pulling hooks. Rig a 50' 250lb mono (trace) leader behind each sinker with a heavy duty snap swivel.

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Connect your favorite Tormented lure with a 6' wire leader (as Yahoo & Judas love this rig too) to the snap at the end of the 250lb mono trace. Let your line out steadily applying pressure to the spool with your (glove protected) hand.

Let it out quickly but not too fast until you feel the lead hit the bottom and then lock the drag up IMMEDIATELY. Troll STRAIGHT with only SLIGHT turns as you are dragging your lure only feet above the reef bottom.

Any turn will allow your lead and lure to sink and probably (not possibly) hang the reef. In this case, jig the rod quickly to try to entice your guest to come back to the dinner table.

Pump and reel (giving ZERO slack) until you see the fish on or near the surface behind the boat. At this time, if needed, you can pull the boat out of gear as long as your angler will not slack the line.

Grab the leader when you get the sinker to the tip and ease your Grouper to the boat where you should have your favorite gaff handy. Sidebar: On my very first captain's job when I was 19, getting ready to fish the Bacardi Tournament in 1979, the marlin fishing was slow, so I gave my mate the wheel, and went to the pit to make up these really strange rigs (strange to everyone else on the boat anyway).

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It was around 3:00 in the afternoon when we (I) deployed these rigs and climbed back to the bridge. I yelled to the mate to reel up the second line quickly as my Boss Lady wasn't pulling very hard and I would need to slow down.

“It's a rock” she said (repeatedly), I kept telling her it wasn't until she stopped reeling and the fish found a nice hole to wedge itself into. I had schooled my skeptical mate on what to do when he got the leader (beat the grouper's head against the rock until he gives up).

Well, he wasn't even going to try it seems, but lucky for him, the fish felt some slack and swam out of the hole. Well, as we had not fought this fish, he was very green, but fortunately my mate had handled many Tuna and Marlin in his career and this 60lb Grouper was no match for him.

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Characteristic features: a large head with a huge mouth, the lower jaw is advanced, a massive, laterally compressed body. A giant grouper (Red Sea and Indian Ocean) grows over 400 kg.

All groupers, from an early age, active predators, food addictions do not exist. The fish sucks in its victims, creating a vacuum around the object of the hunt, widely opening a huge mouth of a rounded shape.

They do not form large groups, they can come close to the shore, although they often live at great depths, about 100 m or more. For representatives of the serranidae family, to which belong groupers, a certain feature in the method of reproduction is characteristic.

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In the Gulf of Mexico, during the spawning period, there is a massive production of groupers with nets and hook gear, which greatly affects the number of these fish. In general, fishing occurs at sufficiently large depths at the bottom or at a complex rocky terrain.

With any method of fishing, they use either heavy baits or special deep-wellings, as in the case of trolling. Spinning fishing from a boat may differ in lure feeding principles.

Many types of marine fishing techniques require very fast wiring, which means a high gear ratio of the winding mechanism. In order to select the correct wiring, consult with experienced local fishermen or guides.

Groupers, due to their size and temperament, are considered a very interesting opponent for trolling. For fishing on ocean and sea open spaces, specialized vessels equipped with numerous devices are used.

There are a lot of auxiliary devices that are used depending on the fishing conditions: for deepening equipment, for placing lures in the fishing area, for attaching bait, etc., including numerous elements of equipment. In the case of fishing for groupers, an important element of equipment are various sinkers (deepened).

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Trolling, especially when hunting for marine giants, is a group type of fishing. In most cases, fishing is carried out by professional guides who are fully responsible for the event.

It is worth noting that the search for a trophy at sea or in the ocean can be associated with many hours of bite waiting, sometimes unsuccessful. It is worth considering that the size of trophies can be very significant, which requires special training from the fishing organizers.

In most cases, fishing is carried out with the lure of predators by various bites of animal composition. Among the natural ones, it is worth noting small live fish, for example, juvenile barracudas, sardines.

For fishing on a spinning rod, “kickback” or trolling, various cobblers and artificial silicone imitations are used. Groupers are distributed practically in all the warm waters of the World Ocean and its constituent seas.

One of my favorite groupers is the leather bass, which I’ve caught from Baa (this one came from the Revillagigedos Islands far to the south of the peninsula) to Panama. The IFA lists them all as “coral grouper” species; the largest all-tackle record tops 50 pounds caught off Japan.

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Another species with fins edged in yellow is appropriately named the yellow edge (world record about 46 pounds from Virginia). Hunter Cole with Penn (left) jigged up this bad boy from deep water off Venice with Capt.

Inshore-size Malabar grouper taken on a very windy day near Lizard Island off northeastern Australia, where the species is generally known as an estuary cod. A leather bass comes aboard for Seward, Alaska, skipper Andy Mexico, near Socorro Island south of Cab San Lucas.

He caught this massive dusky grouper off Isabela, Brazil, where I fished with him years ago (though he provided this particular photo).

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