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Old 06-09-2011, 01:06 PM   #1
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I have caught red grouper sporadically while mingo fishing on natural bottom in 100-130'. My question is: How can I specifically target reds in these areas? I am looking to diversify my fish box after I get the snapper limit (and since gags are closed). I dont have the option of running to deeper water and I know reds are in the area, just need to know how to target them. Thanks for any help you can provide!
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:14 PM   #2
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You will find them on natural live bottom with very little relief but plenty of swiss cheese bottom. Bt that I mean live rocks, coral, fans and such. Just look for lower relief.
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LARGE pinfish... gags seem to like squirrel fish better.. snappers may leave pinfish alone ???
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finding the reds is not a problem, I was just wondering how to rig and what baits are best to zero in on them. I use big live baits for gags, but the reds I have caught have been mostly on butterflied baits. Anybody else have any tips?
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I've caught 2 or 3 the last few times I've been out, threadfins work and have got a few on jigs. Most came off the bottom.
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but the reds I have caught have been mostly on butterflied baits. Anybody else have any tips?
This is how I have had the most success. The other thing with red grouper is to cover some ground - I like to drift big hardbottom areas.
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I am no pro, but I like to use butterflied baits also. When targeting red grouper or grouper in general I like to use a longer leader than I do just snapper fishing. Something like 6-10 ft. Gotta be careful and pay attention with the longer leaders or they take you in the hole a lot.
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I am no pro, but I like to use butterflied baits also. When targeting red grouper or grouper in general I like to use a longer leader than I do just snapper fishing. Something like 6-10 ft. Gotta be careful and pay attention with the longer leaders or they take you in the hole a lot.
yes butter fly northern macs..
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I am no pro, but I like to use butterflied baits also. When targeting red grouper or grouper in general I like to use a longer leader than I do just snapper fishing. Something like 6-10 ft. Gotta be careful and pay attention with the longer leaders or they take you in the hole a lot.
yes butter fly northern macs..
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