Author: Sandesh Sukhdeo
My Go To Pier Goliath Grouper Set Up
I have been pier fishing for most of my life but more recently I have seen people start to target Goliath Groupers for Sport.
The setup I have is a great all around set up that can handle fish from 10-200lbs and it can be fished in many applications.
Reel For Goliath Grouper
The Reel I use is an AVET 30 narrow. I love these reels and I think they are the best reels for the money. They have bullet proof construction and great drag ratings for the size of reel. The Avet 30 put out around 40 pounds of drag on full and 35 max at strike. I have this reel spooled with 500 yards of 80lb Bullbuster braid and a 50 yard top shot of 400lb grander leader. This set up allows me to fish with my drag close to maximum as well as being able to pull fish out from underneath pilings and piers. The 400lb mono acts as a shock leader and it has superior abrasion resistance.
Rod For Goliath Grouper
The Rod of choice is a Star Rods Aerial Boat 7'6 and 50-80lbs with Foul Proof guides. I like this rod because it has a great backbone. I am able to pull fish out the pilings and I don't have to worry about the rod being too flimsy. Another thing I like about this rod is that it has Fuji Fowl proof guides. It allows me to pitch baits out without having to worry about my FG knot getting caught up in roller guides. Another reason I like Star Rods is the fact that they offer a life time warranty on their products. You can fish these rods as hard as you want and you don't have to worry about a company screwing you over about a broken fishing rod.
Bait For Goliath Grouper
The bait of choice is a live jack crevalle, ladyfish or moonfish. On the jacks I like to clip the tails off. This help keeps the bait in the strike zone longer and gives you a better chance of catching a fish.
Hook For Goliath Grouper
I like to use a 20/0 Commercial Swordfishing hook that is forged. These hooks wont rust, break or bend. They are not terribly expensive when bought in bulk and they are a great investment.
I hope this information helps. Good luck and tight lines.
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