Nearshore grouper fishing in one of my favorite charters. The challenge of reeling a grouper off of the bottom is unmatched. People often ask, “How big are the grouper we will catch?” My response is, “A keeper grouper is 24″, but they fight many times stronger than their size.” After a client catches a keeper, they understand the power of these fish.
The gag grouper creates a great challenge to anglers when they slam your bait and head to the rocks trying to break your line. You had better use the rod to hold the fish of the bottom our before you know it you will be gagged. Gag grouper are on of the best eating Gulf of Mexico fish. This species is manged well, it’s replenishment rate is stable enough to handle the harvesting that occurs during the open season.
If the fish finder looks like this you might be about to catch a keeper grouper. One key to successful grouper fishing is precise anchoring of the boat. Your captains ability to anchor will determine whether or not you catch fish. Nearshore grouper hold on small rocks and ledges in depths of 18′ to 45′. It can be a challenge for the best of captains to park the boat on such little spots. Patience is the key. Let the captain take his time to park the boat properly so he can give you the best opportunity to catch fish.
While trying to catch the trophy grouper you will catch many undersized grouper. This is great because it gives clients a chance to catch a lot of fish and practice for the keeper grouper bite. Bottom fishing straight up and down for is they way we target this fish. Hold on tight to the rod because you never know when the big one will hit.
These nearshore trips consistently bring happy clients back to the dock. The ride offshore on these trips is usually about 30 minutes. That is one of the benefits of these trip. If sea sickness occurs we can be back inshore to calmer waters very quickly.