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Video:How to Catch Grouper

with Jeff Mackin

Grouper is a large, meaty fish, that's found near coral reefs, and ocean floors. In this About.com video, learn some tips on the best ways to catch Grouper.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Catch Grouper

Hi, I'm Jeff Mackin with the IGFA. Today with About.com I'm going to speaking about catching grouper.

Catch Grouper by Bottom Fishing

This right here, is what we're after, this is a large black grouper. When you're ready to target Grouper, you often go bottom fishing. You have two different line selections when you're loading up your reel. Bottom fishing is a great application for braided line. When you spool it up braided line is much thinner in diameter than monofilament. It also has zero stretch, both of which make bottom fishing much easier. You don't have to worry about the currents pushing your line as much, you have a much truer way down to the bottom. It's very very sensitive; when a fish takes your bait, because there's no stretch you actually feel the stretch you actually feel the bites much much better. So, with bottom fishing you want to use braided line.

Use Rigs to Catch Grouper

Now, there's all types of rigs you can use to target grouper. A good one, especially here in South Florida, is using a three-way swivel rig. Now, with this rig you can see it's a three way swivel.  You want to attach your main line, in this case I've got it doubled, with a bivvy twist, to one part of the swivel. On the next parts, you're going to want to have about three feet of fifty pound monofilament with a loop tied at the end. You can attach  a 16 to 32 oz bank sinker.

To the other end, you want to attach your leader. Your leader can be any where from 15 to 30 feet of monofilament or Fluorocarbon. In this case this is monofilament, but Fluorocarbon works as well. You want to use a long leader, because you want to get your bait well away from your sinkers and your swivel. You want it to really be able to really swim around; you can see I have it here on this yoyo. This is a great way of keeping your baits, keeping your leaders rather, nice and neat; you can just load them on and off that swivel. On the end of your leader, you can tie on with a union knot or you can crimp on a 5 to 9 knot circle hook depending on the size of your bait, depending on how deep you're going. And to that, you can add a wide arrange of different types of live bait. Something like a small gaggle line, which you could attach, which you could hook right through the nostrils.

Best Places to Search for Grouper

A great place to find grouper are over wrecks and reefs. With wrecks, grouper tend to hang out at the front of the wreck, facing the current. So if you have a current that's coming from the south moving to the north, they'll often be on the southern part of the wreck facing the current in little divots and holes underneath the wrecks that when bait fish is washed to them they can come out, grab the bait and run right back to their holes.

Troll for Grouper

A great way, that not a lot of people fish for them, is actually trolling. Trolling things, like big lipped plugs like this. We want to troll. These'll dive down between 15 and 25 feet, in shallow reefs, and the vibrations that these put out will cause grouper to actually come out of the holes they're in, come up, grab them, and you can catch them that way.

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