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Christina Perez
• Tuesday, 03 November, 2020
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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.

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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. 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. 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.

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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. 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

The higher you get in the water column also increases the probability of hooking amber jack aka Reef Donkeys, king mackerel, and more. Featured ItemsNewest ItemsBestsellingAlphabetical: A to Alphabetical: Z to Avg.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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The Best vertical jigs for tuna, snapper and grouper Not only are these fish very intriguing to tackle and catch, their meat is always soft, fluffy and very tasty.

They require special types of bait to lure, and very hard tackles to secure them, and to pull out of the waters. However, you also stand to lose your bait, your hard-earned grouper game and you will definitely feel some pain if your rod finds itself hitting your gut.

Even though you can use frozen mullets from local bait shops, it would be even more fun and practice to catch some on your way to fishing groupers. Live and hooked mullets provide an even more attractive allure to groupers, especially when they look slow due to injuries.

Fishing pros attribute the impressive bait qualities of squid to their smelly and oily nature. You might find that you could be lazy and fail to go to the exact spots where groupers lounge and breed, but you will still catch some other tasty giant fish.

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Squid can also be caught easily or bought at local bait shops at very affordable rates. Because of their shiny and lively visibility, and of course their tasty and oily fleshy, sardines make very great grouper baits.

Even when dead and frozen, sardines will still do the trick of luring groupers out because of their shiny bodies. Pinkish are great bait because they really hate being on hooks and complain a lot by making grunts.

The grunts and their average size of about 7 inches make groupers eager to just swallow them whole in feeding anticipation. You can fish them out with traps as you go out on the deep waters to catch groupers, or you can buy them cheaply at local bait shops.

These fish baits are great because they are big enough to catch Goliath groupers and small enough not to be wasted food. They will be very helpful to you, especially if you would like to isolate giant groupers and tackle them hard when they are distracted with their own hunting success.

Reading Time: 6minutesSlow pitch jigging is a technique with seemingly limitless potential. In order to perfect this technique, you’ll need to forget everything you know about fishing and invest in some seriously premium gear.

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The fundamental difference between slow pitch and regular jigging is how your “bait” behaves. Instead, you use small, precise movements to mimic a wounded fish trying and failing to swim away from the seafloor.

They flex evenly from grip to tip, distributing the weight for extra durability. They’re matched to the jigs themselves and are rated in grams, from 60 g twigs to “heavy” 400 g rods for taking on the biggest and deepest fish out there.

They all have one thing in common, though: They’re designed to flutter and jerk in the water, imitating an injured fish or squid. PE line has some serious advantages for this style of fishing: It doesn’t stretch, it cuts through the water with minimal resistance, and it’s incredibly strong for its diameter.

It’s designed to be light enough for precision jigging 500 feet down, without snapping as soon as a fish takes your lure. From special leaders to custom split pins and swivels, this style of fishing comes with a long shopping list.

They’re small and razor sharp, designed to puncture deep into the fish both in the jaw and the body cavity. This spreads the weight for a stronger hold, letting you use impossibly thin hooks to keep the presentation as subtle as possible.

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A lot comes down to knowing your gear and how it behaves, but there are some golden rules to bear in mind. This guy spent 20 minutes carefully picking his setup before he was ready to pose with it. Successful slow pitch jigging is a balancing act, where the right rod, reel, jig, and line class changes day by day.

In strong currents and deep water, lighter rods and line with heavier jigs give you more control. If you’re targeting a specific species, the size of your hooks and even the length of the assist cord makes a huge difference.

In an ideal world, a vertical presentation gives you the most control and finesse with your movements. In this case, heavier, faster-falling jigs and lighter line let you keep a tighter handle on your lure.

However you do it, the idea is to let the rod soak up the tension then spring back straight. This “pitches” your jig off the seafloor, giving it that signature limping motion of injured prey.

It will then fall slowly down to the floor, allowing nearby fish plenty of time to take a bite at it. Angle your rod tip straight at the fish and resist the reflex to pump or lift.

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No matter how well-made your reel is, you can’t put the brakes on a 50 lb Grouper with such light tackle. Once it turns, use your reel’s gearing to slowly but firmly guide the fish to the surface.

You need to know exactly how much drag you can safely pile on and how quickly you can reel in when the fish runs your way. It takes a lot of practice, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll easily out fish any other technique around.

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