Grouper Fishing

The unfortunate thing about grouper fishing is that, due to the biting habits of the fish, you’ll lose many of them, and you’ll also get a lot of hung lines. Typically, the grouper will dart out, grab the bait, and head back for cover, dragging the line with it. The best advice for serious anglers is to crank the drag down on the reel as hard as possible, perhaps even locking it down with a pair of pliers. This should help keep the grouper from actually returning home. Many anglers will simply lay their rod on the rail of the boat and begin winding hard. Be aware that, when grouper fishing, it is often the prey that wins the battle. You have a better chance if you use a circle hook that will actually catch on the fish, though you’ll still want to simply break off the line if the grouper gets to a rock, reef, or other shelter, simply re-rigging and trying again.

Obviously, it can be great fun and very rewarding to go grouper fishing, but you should have good gear, patience, and a lot of willpower so that you can fight the beasts and reel in a few good ones.

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Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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