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What Big Black Grouper Really Want!


Author: Landshark

How to- Catch Big Black Grouper


As you can see by the title of the youtube video above the Black grouper truly is the king of the reef. As a diver and fishermen I have seen these fish in an out of the water and can tel you there is nothing smarter and more powerful on Floridas Reefs than the Black Grouper. They don't get as big as Warsaw's or Goliath but they are certainly Faster and Smarter fish! 

If you have ever dove with one chances are you never got close to it, because black grouper are extremely weary of people. They are almost always in a rock or structure, or moving to another safe-haven. When you do see them out in the open they are always close to some type of reef. These fish have big broom like tails powerful jaws and shoulders made for short powerful fast runs. 

Black grouper eat almost ANYTHING from crabs to dead bait and live fish. They are not that picky! Fishing big dead baits to entice a bite, can work in some instances, but many times it just leads to by-catch such as sharks and eels, which are also inhabitants of the reef. Black grouper love commotion and nervous big baits! We have caught them on a wide variety of big baits from blue, runners, mackerel and even grunts. 

The secret to catching these grouper is big live baits presented just above bottom!

Lets talk tackle. You NEED heavy duty gear to sort these fish from going into the reef. These fish will test your gear. I recommend a reel capable of putting out 20+lbs of drag at minimum and fishing no less than 80lb braid, and 100lb leader. Both mono and fluorocarbon will do, with fluorocarbon giving you more abrasion resistance. Hooks should match the size of the bait, but I like 6/0-11/0 3x strong Mustad Demon Perfect Circles. 

A bottom rig with a sliding sinker enough to get down at the depth your fishing and not drag in current is needed. Along with a short 3-5lft leader.

Once you get a bite, your on, there is no munching with these fish. Once you feel it they have inhaled your bait and you better rip them off the bottom!



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