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Old 12-21-2010, 04:36 PM   #1
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I think the title says it all, what is the best (or preferred) method for bottom fishing for grouper? I prefer to drift when bottom fishing, especially in deeper water...
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power drifting is the way to go out deep. Anchoring on a small rock or wreck is extremely dificult. Now if we are talking a bigger spot like the Edge, then anchoring is doable. I have not anchored in years...
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Drifting is the way that we do it if we are strictly grouper fishing as I feel it gives us a better opportunity to target larger grouper.

We only anchor if we are mingo fishing or if I get tired of running the boat and want to fish some.
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Drifting is that way I have always done it!
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Thanks for the replies. Does it help you catch bigger grouper just because you're not limited to the small are under the boat while anchored or is there another reason?
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With our limited success over the edge it has been about covering ground plus you get some good numbers that way as well.
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:16 PM   #7
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Plus you can yank em out of the hole with the boat if needed...
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Drifting , grouper don't move around much (they will pop out if they see something tasty floating by) so you gotta take the bait to them. I end up picking stuff up on my bottom machine a bunch when I drift away from the wreck/reef. The fish aren't always in that exact spot.
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One vote for anchoring - especially when short handed - only on larger rocks - I find I can be a little more precise in setting the depth - getting bait close to the bottom but high enough so they can't rock you most of the time - Me and my crew get rocked more times drifting. My ideal fishing set-up is hooked up on a rock thats got mingo & scamp action, while Mr. Rod holder is soaking a live and/or butteryflied bait just the right distance over the bottom. I have gotten several big boys 1/2 hour or into a mingo bite. No grouper in 30 to 45 minutes - pickup and move.

If I had a bigger boat and more anglers - I would likely opt for holding up over a rock so I could hit more spots in day.

Lately my short handed set up (ust me and one other) has been running and gunning with speed jigs and electrics for mingos - If I get action - I throw the hook down and work em over.

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One vote for anchoring - especially when short handed - only on larger rocks - I find I can be a little more precise in setting the depth - getting bait close to the bottom but high enough so they can't rock you most of the time - Me and my crew get rocked more times drifting. My ideal fishing set-up is hooked up on a rock thats got mingo & scamp action, while Mr. Rod holder is soaking a live and/or butteryflied bait just the right distance over the bottom. I have gotten several big boys 1/2 hour or into a mingo bite. No grouper in 30 to 45 minutes - pickup and move.

If I had a bigger boat and more anglers - I would likely opt for holding up over a rock so I could hit more spots in day.

Lately my short handed set up (ust me and one other) has been running and gunning with speed jigs and electrics for mingos - If I get action - I throw the hook down and work em over.
This man knows how to put fish in the boat
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