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Old 07-02-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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I have been fishing Pensacola waters for about 15 years and i can never catch any grouper any where i go. will someone tell me a good spot for em, nothing private but public within 10 miles from Pensacola pass. I need some friendly advice on rigs and baits as well.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:48 PM   #2
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Try some live bottom to the southeast near the paradise hole. Use a little bigger baits like whole northern mackerel or live baits such as croakers or ruby lips. Use a minimum of 80# leader and hang on.
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bigger pinfish... squirrel fish are grouper cocaine !
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:05 AM   #4
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Try some live bottom to the southeast near the paradise hole. Use a little bigger baits like whole northern mackerel or live baits such as croakers or ruby lips. Use a minimum of 80# leader and hang on.
Unless some ass hole steals them........ but excellent advice! "Reel baby, reel" ........ is the song that gets them in the boat.

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Try some live bottom to the southeast near the paradise hole. Use a little bigger baits like whole northern mackerel or live baits such as croakers or ruby lips. Use a minimum of 80# leader and hang on.
Do you go deeper for bigger ones or just bigger baits in the right spot? I'm getting a little more confident about finding scamp, and we've caught the occasional red grouper, but we never stumble onto any gags what so ever. We fish lots of natural bottom too, and I'd say mostly fish natural bottom.
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Definatley deeper for bigger ones. My favorite depths for real big ones are 180'-220' and out to even 350' but you still can catch some in 100' or less.
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We always fish the edge, yes it is about 28 miles south, and it isn't cheap to get there, but it's a huge location with lots of room for every boat willing to make the trip. It is where we always have caught the biggest fish and biggest variety of fish. Yesterday we had three 17 pound + groupers, AJ (released), two 40" + Cobias, to many Kings to count, bonitas for bait, and sharks. Normally it is loaded with mingos but none where there yesterday and the red snappers seldom go that deep. It is non stop fishing and you never really know what you are going to pull up from there. Have lots of anchor rope.
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I have been fishing Pensacola waters for about 15 years and i can never catch any grouper any where i go. will someone tell me a good spot for em, nothing private but public within 10 miles from Pensacola pass. I need some friendly advice on rigs and baits as well.

I have good luck at destin deep water catching gag
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Or you could just use your bottom machine and use public numbers. Most rocks aren't just one but in a group. So just search around and then drop half a grunt down and 30" grouper pop up everywhere. Ask around and try to get a private number or make your own by setting down some toilets and tires or sink an old fiberglass hull. Set a free line out the back for kings and just get Spanish sardines and squid.
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Definatley deeper for bigger ones. My favorite depths for real big ones are 180'-220' and out to even 350' but you still can catch some in 100' or less.
Cool. Thanks. We have plenty of numbers where I'd expect them to be, but I never run into them. I'll figure it out eventually.
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