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Grouper Jig Lures

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Elaine Sutton
• Tuesday, 27 October, 2020
• 14 min read

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. 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.

If you find grouper that are close to shore or in shallow water, your best bet for a trolling lure is the Papal Shadow Rap Shad Shallow Trolling Lure. These lures look and feel more like the fish grouper are used to eating, and are an excellent choice for trolling.

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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. 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.

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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.

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.

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.

When you know your favorite spot is holding them, but they are being finicky on baits, jigging can often be the ticket producing a reaction based strike that triggers their predatory instinct. Best places to jig for black, gag, red, and scamp grouper include hard bottom outcroppings, reefs, wrecks, oil rigs, and other structures that hold bait fish and provide hiding spots for ambushing their prey.

The Shaman Saragossa 8000 and 10000, Died Saltiest 5000, and Penn Slammer SLAIII6500 are all more than capable if you are just getting started. Black Hole Cape Cod Special 250g, Otis Fathom Blade 300g, and Shaman Arévalo 58XXH rods in both spinning and conventional models are all fantastic options that are super light weight with plenty of power and action to fool and whoop up on the best of them.

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If you are using a buck tail, you can simply attach directly to the jig and avoid the rest of the terminal tackle. Otherwise, keep your jig at the bottom and reel in about 20-30’ towards the surface and then drop back down to stay in the strike zone longer.

Big buck tail deep jig tipped with squid or goggle eye . Followed by diamond jig ... then flat fall, bent hos/vortex. But a lot of this can be answered in depth by using the search button here.

Can’t beat a glow buck tail but I prefer to put Gulp on mine. Have caught well with Mr Twister tails in glow, as well.

Squid when you want a bigger profile. Haven’t done much of it to confirm this is best but live bait would entice them as well.

The Biggest gag came on one tipped with a nice size live bait. All the fancy paint jobbed new creations can’t compete with good ole buck tail.

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Pro type jigs in white work well but the hooks are a bit weak. A very old timer once said to use just a round white jig head with a hook embedded, no tinsel, Mylar or furry skirt.

My experience is that it works as good or better than a Carolina rig here in north Go, especially in the Big Bend area. Also had luck with the Lucas style jigs.

I use them for a sinker when fishing dropper rigs and catch fish on them especially when something is spanning on the dropper rig. I have jigged Grouper, As, AJ and even big Triggers on these.

View attachment 75385 10OZ Lucas STYLE VERTICAL GLOW JIGS W/ SQUID SKIRTS I use them for a sinker when fishing dropper rigs and catch fish on them especially when something is spanning on the dropper rig.

We would sometimes insert a skinny bait fish inside the body of a squid and hook the head of the fish wearing the squid coat. I lost two big fish due to someone else's knots but my 12/0 electorate may have been overkill.

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I have been wanting to drop a live bait straight down while drifting with no weight. Mark your bottom depth somehow on your line (and I haunt figure out this yet) maybe a rock or something you can quickly release (rubber band) and hold that meal just off the bottom, darting around.

I have been wanting to drop a live bait straight down while drifting with no weight. Mark your bottom depth somehow on your line (and I haunt figure out this yet) maybe a rock or something you can quickly release (rubber band) and hold that meal just off the bottom, darting around.

Mark the distance off bottom with a rubber band to keep the bomber above it. Proper hook placement also helps encourage them to go down.

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Similarly, buck tail jigs (with natural or synthetic hairs) always make it into our tackle trays and onto our boats. Traditional jig heads fill the jack-of-all-trades role, but better options might be available for specific styles of fishing.

Application: The Almost Alive Weighted Swim bait Hook prevents baits from surface-skipping, holding the presentation subsurface when trolling. It’s great for king mackerel fishing with cigar minnows or pulling ballyhoo offshore, but just as useful as a heavy head in front of soft plastics when trolling or casting.

The nose-rigged hook guides plastic baits in a natural swimming motion by controlling the lower jaw. © Jon Whittle SIZES: ½ to 1¾ ounces Unique Factor: Almost Alive sells two different styles of weighted hooks.

Factory testing found the lead near the hook eye gives soft-plastic baits the optimal appearance and balance when trolling. Almost Alive soon expects to sell a much larger weighted hook, over 100 grams (3.5 ounces), for the largest soft baits on the market.

Application: The Bait Delivery System can be used in the same situations as a traditional jig head, such as over sandy flats, around oyster beds or next to structure. Shrimp for flounder, redfish and sea trout, or dropping on the nearshore reefs for grouper and snapper, the odd-looking jig attracts most inshore species to bite.

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Made from a lead-free metal by Tundra, the BDS features a Grip Bait Keeper and realistic 3-D eyes. Application: As waters cool down in wintertime, redfish, sea trout and flounder don’t react to soft baits as quickly as in spring or fall.

Now saltwater anglers use the jig with soft plastics and live bait for a stealthy presentation. Live baits such as shrimp last longer on the light-wire hook compared to heavier gauges, plus the Wacky jig features a weed guard to deter hang-ups on the bottom.

© Jon Whittle SIZES: 116 to 332 ounce Unique Factor: The hook features a corrosion-resistant black-nickel finish and a weed guard made out of titanium (so it will always spring back into place). The light-wire hook penetrates fish such as sea trout and bone fish easily and keeps live baits alive longer.

Application: Built for vertical jigging, heavy casting or trolling, the Holy Lures SI Harness Jig features a semi-stiff rig and ball-bearing swivel to deliver a straight line of pull, minimizing possible leverage from heavyweight fish intent on straightening the hook. Paired with big baits like the Holy HDV Eel Tail, the Harness jig is a threat for deep species such as grouper, when trolling up to 8 knots, or when casting for heavyweight tuna.

© Jon Whittle SIZES: 132 to 116 ounce Mustard Classic Yellowtail Snapper Jig Head The weight of the jig centers on the hook shank so it falls vertically to mimic a chum line.

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Application: Owner’s Sled Head is a mix of worm hook and jig head, ideal for grassy conditions such as fishing kelp in California or Sargasso in open Gulf and Atlantic waters. Closer to shore, cast the Sled Head with a 7-inch jerk bait, rigged weedless near jetties and structure where snags are common.

Unique Factor: Features include a screw-lock keeper to hold plastics tight to the lead head. The shank design, similar to a worm hook, allows for completely weedless rigging to avoid snags.

Designed to ­mimic a bait fish head, all jigs have painted flared gills and 3-D holographic eyes. Application: Z-Man’s Trout Eye Bighead offers an attractive sink rate when matched to 3- to 5-inch inshore soft baits.

© Jon Whittle SIZES: 116 to ½ ounce Unique Factor: The Trout Eye jig was designed and developed by Charleston, South Carolina, sea trout guru Ralph Phillips. All Otis jigs feature a glow in the dark edge with red 3D eyes and are packaged fully rigged and ready to fish with 2 Raptor assist hooks, 1 Raptor Oh split ring, and 1 welded solid ring.

All Otis jigs feature a glow in the dark edge with red 3D eyes and are packaged fully rigged and ready to fish with 2 Raptor assist hooks, 1 Raptor Oh split ring, and 1 welded solid ring. This is due to the keel weighted design on the underside of the jig which gives it erratic actions on the fall.

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The Juggernaut's long head weighted body dances through the water. All Otis jigs feature a glow in the dark edge with red 3D eyes and are packaged fully rigged and ready to fish with 2 Raptor assist hooks, 1 Raptor Oh split ring, and 1 welded solid ring.

The Eager body style features a wider asymmetrical rear-weighted form that creates a great erratic flutter action. All Otis jigs feature a glow in the dark edge with red 3D eyes and are packaged fully rigged and ready to fish with 2 Raptor assist hooks, 1 Raptor Oh split ring, and 1 welded solid ring.

Drop to desired depth and begin rhythmic lifts of the rod tip. Work with a sharp upward motion, then allow the lure to flutter back down without resistance and repeat.

Excellent all-around jig for multiple situations Use for open water tuna when heavy current is present Use for bottom bouncing grouper Work with a sharp upward motion, then allow the lure to flutter back down without resistance and repeat.

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