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Old 08-07-2013, 02:16 PM   #1
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Typically I fish grouper the same way I fish for large snapper but with larger baits, simple knocker rig with a live bait or large squid. Anybody have any opinions on how to better target grouper. Is it just getting the bait past the snapper or is it more of the type of spot I am fishing. Ie.. snapper like any structure that is out there period end of story. Do grouper prefer natural bottom rocks lots of relief etc.... trying to get better at it any input greatly appreciated
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I always catch more and better Grouper on natural bottom. Lot's of relief is not necessary.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:15 PM   #3
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Go deeper and fish less relief , my best spots you will run right over them watching your machine and most likely never think to stop.
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I have thought that the case for some time, deeper water little relief more grouper. ... more I just need to do some more looking for that type of bottom.
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Have you fished the "Mingo Ridges" out on the edge? You don't see a lot of relief there just a bump here and there but there are a lot of Mingo hanging around. The reason is that the bottom is what's called broken bottom, pretty much flat with a lot of cracks, crevasses etc. Are there any Grouper hanging around waiting to scarf on those Mingo? To quote Sarah Palin, "You betcha"!

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Have you fished the "Mingo Ridges" out on the edge? You don't see a lot of relief there just a bump here and there but there are a lot of Mingo hanging around. The reason is that the bottom is what's called broken bottom, pretty much flat with a lot of cracks, crevasses etc. Are there any Grouper hanging around waiting to scarf on those Mingo? To quote Sarah Palin, "You betcha"!
+1, here's a visual of what Kim is describing. Very thick mingo with nice grouper lurking below.

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Fishing these little to no relief areas do you fish your baits on the bottom, or give 5-10 cranks?
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For Grouper I will fish to the bottom sometimes with a Grouper rig, sometimes with a dropper rig tops hooks baited for Mingo, big bottom hook live baited for Grouper and every now and then even a carolina rig
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Fishing these little to no relief areas do you fish your baits on the bottom, or give 5-10 cranks?
I know I will get an argument on this one but I lay my bait on the bottom it takes most of the leader and the weight and rigging out of the equation , you just need to come tight fast and get that big ole grouper turned quick.That and I tend to rig heavy -VERY HEAVY- while targeting Gags 100# braid, 250# 12' wind on leader, as small of weight as possible and 200# flouro leader which is about 4' and a heavy duty non offset circle hook .
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I know I will get an argument on this one but I lay my bait on the bottom it takes most of the leader and the weight and rigging out of the equation , you just need to come tight fast and get that big ole grouper turned quick.That and I tend to rig heavy -VERY HEAVY- while targeting Gags 100# braid, 250# 12' wind on leader, as small of weight as possible and 200# flouro leader which is about 4' and a heavy duty non offset circle hook .
No argument here. Leaving your lead on the bottom stops the up/down motion imparted by the boat, and doesn't alert the grouper. You don't "play" a grouper. It's toe-to-toe war, hence the heavy rigging. I recommend a solid fiberglass rod also.
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