Young Fishermen Wrestles Huge Goliath Grouper From a Private Boat Dock By Hand

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Now here’s an inexpensive way to land a huge fish; just attach a fishing line to a tow rope, bait a Lindgren Pittmen hook, and you’re good to go! That’s at least what this fisherman did to land an enormous grouper fish from his local boat dock. The enormous fish almost got the best of him as he nearly lost his footing a couple times, but he was eventually able to wear it down.

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A Little History About the Grouper Fish

There are several species of grouper fish ranging from small to incredibly big like the one at the end of this young fisherman’s line. As opposed to biting and taking chunks off, groupers swallow their prey whole, and they are actually able to create suction with their gills and mouth to suck their prey in. While some species attack their prey openly, most prefer ambush-style attacks. They also have a built-in defense mechanism as well: digging into sand with their mouths to create shelters beneath large rocks.

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Popular Fishing Techniques for Catching Grouper

In the US, groupers can be found anywhere from the Gulf of Mexico all the way up to New England. They prefer places with shelter like coral reefs and other underwater formations. Popular ways to go about catching a grouper are slow trolling, straight bottom fishing, or free-lining the bait. Let’s take a closer look at these methods.

Trolling for Grouper

A common method for catching groupers is trolling over and around artificial reefs, which can be anywhere from 5 miles to 50-plus miles off the coast. In the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll usually want to get the bait down 30 feet or more, and you can do this using magnum diving plugs. Another way that’s the preferred method off of the South Florida coast in wintertime is trolling using wire-line. This method uses the following equipment and bait:

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