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.
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.
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.
Customer Review Price: Low to High Price: High to Consort by: I've tried lots of jigs from shaman butterflies to Williamson, no hits.
If the Grouper are there, I found they will hit about anything as they are not picky but you cannot speed jig them. If the Grouper are there, I found they will hit about anything as they are not picky but you cannot speed jig them.
That is not always true, last spring when hunting AJS we were speed jigging and had to move four times because we couldn't keep the gags and red snapper off our jigs speed jigging for AJS....(season was closed) I like the Bubble Parade V jigs for grouper and one of my favorite grouper jigs is the Hots Drift Tune in 80-200 g depending on the current and depth...in red and gold. These jigs fished slow styled will out fish live bait a lot of times, I have done it numerous times when everyone else is using bait.
The sharpies in that part of the world called them “gum drops” they have a different name officially. But, its what some pin hooking comes used, probably kept it secret from most at the time.
I think it all depends on how you work the jig iv bought Groupers with many tips of jigs . Also putting a small skirt on the assist hook helps a lot!! People have been doing well with Grouper on our Striker Tackle Flat Fall jigs.
My go to vertical jig is a Flat Side and on that I’ve caught them on glow, pink, blue and purple. Hammered and non-hammered Diamond jigs catch them as well.
They live on the reef surrounded by colorful fish and are opportunist feeders. Only reason I prefer glow is because it provides contrast when it stops glowing by providing a white Pinochet against dark water and structure.
This method works best because it taps into the instincts of the fish to chase prey and bite fast (without thinking about it too much). Because they don’t like to stray far from their homes in the reefs and ledges, this behavior makes artificial lures just as effective as natural baits when trolled in the right places.
These lures can easily be fished down to 30 feet using a modest slow troll, but can go even deeper using a simple down rigger. Soft plastics are best for mimicking actual bait fish because they not only have the look, but also the texture and movements of a natural fish as well.
If the grouper are inshore under the docks and bridges, flip a soft-plastic mullet or pinkish down there with some weight and slowly retrieve. A butterfly jig is a heavy, thin lure that creates spontaneous and erratic movement that is attractive to a grouper because it mimics a live fish.
The bright shine of a slowly passed spoon will certainly bring a grouper out of its hole or hiding place. Spoons can be used by flipping under inshore structures in the cooler months, or trolled over shallow reefs using a down-rigging system to bring groupers out.
The prices are $15 each for the (purple, white, and blue) and $17 each for the glow blue one and if you want the mun-rigged with no hooks take $3 off the price per jig. With the eye loop on top they seem to hold the bottom better than similar type jigs.
They are rigged with a Gamakatsu circle hooks straight eye 4x strong 8/0 with one on a snap ring and one on 250 lb Kevlar stinger hook loop. Most of the larger fish where brought in on the stinger hook.
Bait used on the jig range from whole cigar minnows, whole squid, whole ballyhoos, large cut bait, and live and dead pinkish. Ordering info: local pickup in Wilmington NC or shipping with payment thou PayPal.
The grouper shown in the top two images tangled up with other lines in the water had to undo the snap swivel to get the jig free._________________OUTCAST 24 ft Pursuit Walk Around cape fear anglers member They dog, I bought several of these jigs last season.
So I can clip them on to a snap swivel on the main line. Do not jig them up into the water, leave them flat on the bottom I would not recommend drifting with them anchor, so they don't snag.
Pretty close design to the Snapper Slapper. But if I had to put that much bait on it, I would agree with just using a hook and weight.
Looks identical to the Decoy jig Tim Barefoot has been selling for years. I have the following colors purple, blue, white, pink, red, black.
If you want 15 jigs I can do almost any color on the jig the heavy skirts I use are available in yellow/green, green/black, red/black, pink/black, clown, blue/white/black, blue flying fish, white/blue/black, purple/pink if you want 5 or more I can use those colors._________________OUTCAST 24 ft Pursuit Walk Around cape fear anglers member Stevehes wrote:Looks identical to the Decoy jig Tim Barefoot has been selling for years.
They work great so no reason why this shouldn't. The jig shape is similar but a lot heavier. The skirts are a little longer and are a heavier material.
Bump_________________OUTCAST 24 ft Pursuit Walk Around cape fear anglers member The swivel is under the fish nose on the first, hanging from the mouth on the other two.
The swivel is under the fish nose on the first, hanging from the mouth on the other two. He already said the snap swivel on the main line was unhooked from the leader going to the jig.
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