As it gets hotter and hotter, grouper go deeper and deeper. The vast majority of grouper move offshore in search of cooler water and to find easy meals out deep where bait fish are plentiful. Groupers relate to structure, hiding in any crevices they can find, patiently waiting to ambush prey. Deep water area such as reefs, boat wrecks, and ledges are prime spots. Fishing heavy live bait rigs with pinfish or other lively baitfish is the go-to method. Be sure to have heavy-duty gear so you can pull fish out of cover quickly before they try to run your bait back to their hole.
Recommended Shimano tackle:
• Shimano Tallus Blue Water casting rod
• Shimano TYRNOS II lever drag reel
• 80-pound PowerPro Maxcuatro
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