Author: Albert Acosta
How to Catch Goliath Grouper!!
So now that you have a good description of my set up I use for Goliath’s lets get back to the fishing that day shall we. Jorge, Luis and I saw an entire squad of these Goliath under my boat...they were big and hungry. I grabbed “DoomsDay” and raised him high into the sky and said a prayer...The Goliath Prayer. Oh you never heard of the Goliath Prayer...well it goes something like this.....Oh god almighty as I embark into battle with the Goliath demon please guide my reel, fishing line, and my body to glory...and please almighty do not let the demon Goliath drag me down under straight to his underwater lair for all eternity amen. Lol...yes its real...this fish can drag you into the water if you are not ready and paying attention to what the fish and your gear is doing during this fight. So I gabbed DoomsDay and opened the live well and selected my bait...a nice Lookdown. They love these fish and find it very hard to resist. I hooked the unlucky terrified bait and tossed him in the water.
The Goliaths Were Frantic Trying To Grab The Terrified Bait!
But they were very cautious....they new something was not right. They are smart...but their hunger overrides their brain...and one of the big Goliaths we nicknamed a while back Invictus swallowed the poor helpless bait...the battle was on! I set the hook true and deep into this monster Goliath and the Goliath went crazy...it was him or me one of of us was either going into the water or coming boatside. The Goliath made a dash for the rocks that are near by and I knew if he made it there I was done so I locked the drag and held on for dear life! The St Croix rod and Bullbuster mono and leader were stretching to their limits but they held....the rod was bent in a U and I was holding on with all my might with the butt of the rod deep into my side. See when I found this rod in a garage sale I knew it would be great for one thing...Goliaths...I said one day this is going to come in handy...a Goliath Slayer. So the rod was holding but I was barley holding on as the Goliath tossed me around the boat trying to get away. He turned and made a dash for the other side of the boat and after about 25 minutes I was wearing away...my arms and back could not hold on anymore....DoomsDay was in danger of being sucked down into the depths with Invictus. I had to make the decision to hand the fight over to Luis or Jorge. Jorge and Luis looked at each other and saw what I was going through and they decided Jorge would take the fight over. Luis had never seen or fought one of these beast before so he wanted to see it first and see what this was about. Jorge grabbed DoomsDay and held it like Thor’s hammer and fought Invictus hard. Invictus knew he was in trouble and made a few hard powerful runs for the rocks but Jorge held fast....soon we could see some color and Jorge raised the powerful Goliath to the surface....it was Invictus!
He was not happy and made another dash to try to get away but it was not his day...we had him. We brought him boatside and grabbed the Bullbuster 300lb leader. The leader was in shambles...it was torn up everywhere and cut up from Invictus’s fins and spikes and the rocks below....but the Bullbuster 100lb mono and 300lb leader held on! That Bullbuster fishing line is some seriously strong abrasion resistant fishing line...no doubt about it. Once we had Invictus subdued we all took pictures with this beautiful powerful fish and then gave it a few good pats and set it free.
Invictus swam back to his lair knowing he was beaten this day...we tagged teamed him and brought him in. Jorge and I were tired it is no joke fighting and landing these fish...if you have never done it you have to try it one day so you can see what it is all about. Here is a short video from that day so you can see some of the action.
Remember the tackle set up I am using is for shallow water from a boat and I know what size Goliaths are in that area..about 50lb to 350lb Goliaths..so I have a fighting chance. If you want to go after 300lb plus goliaths you need a different set up...minimum I would suggest would be a 50-80 wide reel with at least 200lb braid and a very good rod. This is without question what you would need for the God Tier Goliaths. We had a great day and had snook, Spanish Mack’s, trout, jacks, Cobia, shark, and Goliath action all day. We were tired but very happy for the great fishing day. Remember Spend More Time Fishing and order your fishing lines and tackle at Bullbuster.net. I hope my article helps you catch more fish now get out there and go get some Goliaths. Remember these fish are protected and must be released unharmed and taking them out of the water is prohibited...lets keep them safe for others to enjoy. Take care.
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