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Old 11-17-2019, 10:53 PM   #1
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Going out of orange beach a couple days next week/weekend. Trying to target grouper. Never really specifically targeted them. Should I run to the edge or can they be consistently caught on some of the deeper structure before you get out that far?
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Old 11-24-2019, 12:00 AM   #2
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Really, it depends on what kind your targeting; Gags, Blacks, Reds, & Scamp can be caught on wrecks, artificial reefs and natural bottom well before the edge. Generally these are found at 100’ and up, but we have snagged several in 60-90’ snapper fishing. Hell, we catch Gags on the mid bay bridge in Destin consistently with the right bait. For the other species of Grouper like Yellowedge, Snowy, Warsaw, etc. you wanna be closer to the edge and beyond via deep dropping. Go get em.
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Old 11-24-2019, 08:24 AM   #3
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Same sort of question but out of Pensacola pass. The species doesn’t really matter to me. Approx how far out should I expect bf I start to see natural bottom? Dumb question but what does that look like on the screen? I’ve got an older RayMarine and I usually fish structure. Does large white bait work best? Should I anchor or drift? Is a chum bag recommend?

Or should I stay in the bay? Lol

Sorry for all the questions.
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In the winter time the grouper move in. You should be able to round some up long before the edge!
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Old 11-26-2019, 01:11 AM   #5
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A lot of the generally closer natural bottom grounds and rocks (certainly not all) are marked / published online. Find a few Escambia numbers and give em a shot. See what the show looks like on your bottom machine and you will figure it out pretty quick. Don’t get fixated on a specific number, drift around and see the differences in bottom types. I personally like drifting bottom and anchoring on higher relief wrecks. No chum bag needed for Grouper; save your money and use them for snappers. All live bait works, but bigger the better. Hope this helps!
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My best luck with grouper has been on a jig, specifically in the first couple minutes on any spot. After a couple drops to the bottom if I don't get bit I'll try jigging every so often, but bottom fish with a large live bait (bigger is better) most of the time.

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My best luck with grouper has been on a jig, specifically in the first couple minutes on any spot. After a couple drops to the bottom if I don't get bit I'll try jigging every so often, but bottom fish with a large live bait (bigger is better) most of the time.

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Hey Jim, what is your go-to jig for grouper?
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Be advised that tipping a jig with any form of natural bait, e.g. cigar minnows, bonito strips, etc. is ILLEGAL unless the jig comes with a circle hook.

I personally think it's a bad law. I understand the idea of using circle hooks to minimize gut-hooking, but someone using a bait-tipped jig will set the hook long before gut-hooking occurs.
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Hey Jim, what is your go-to jig for grouper?
I like the Gomoku and Vortex Williamson jigs.

https://www.rapala.com/williamson/jigs/metal-jigs/

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I like the Gomoku and Vortex Williamson jigs.

https://www.rapala.com/williamson/jigs/metal-jigs/

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I bought some yesterday Jim, and if I don't catch a grouper i'm blaming you!!!


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