Every fisherman and fisherwoman on these shores know… groupers are fun to catch and make for even better eating! Time to pack up the boat and set out for a relaxing day of fishing.

Just think of the fun and sun you’ll experience as you make your latest catches. However, grouper can be a bit tricky to handle, so you’ll want to make sure you know what you’re doing before you head out to the water.

Whether you’re new to fishing or need a refresher, we got you covered. Here are 5 easy tips to teach you how to catch Grouper in absolutely no time.

5 Tips on How To Catch Grouper

1. Plan Ahead

Before you can set sail, you’ll want to make sure you have everything in order. Doing even a few minutes of research can save you tons of time and frustration. Know what time of day is best for catching grouper. Head online and getting a fisherman’s forecast to save yourself some potential heartbreak.

You’ll want to make sure you’ve got all the necessary equipment before starting up your boat. Here are a few things you shouldn’t leave shore without.

Gloves

Grouper can be tough-skinned and slippery.

Bait

To lure the grouper. Some bait works better than others. (More on this in a minute.)

Tackle and rod

Make sure you’ve got a tackle and rod capable of supporting a grouper’s weight.

2. Go Deep

You’ll stand a significantly better chance if you travel at least a few miles offshore. However, depending on your region, it can be one mile or several miles. This is where all the research from our first tip will come in handy.

A general rule of thumb when focusing on how to catch grouper is the deeper the better, so head on out for adventure. You’ll want the water to be around 50-70 feet deep before you cast your anchor and prepare to make your catch.

3. Know How to Attract Grouper

The toughest part of figuring out how to catch grouper is learning the best bait techniques.

There are a few tried-and-true methods, but a lot of it will come down to some good ole’ fashioned trial and error.

The most effective method seems to be chumming. If you’re not familiar, chumming is the practice of dropping chum off your ship to attract fish. Think of it like a dog with a bone. You can also use live or dead bait. Groupers tend to eat fish, so your best bet is either squid or sardines.

4. Know What Type of Grouper Live in Your Area

This is – literally – our biggest tip for you. If you’re new to the fishing world, you may not know just how varied grouper can be. There are all sorts of gorgeous colors (keep in mind that different species of grouper have different open seasons), but most importantly, grouper can get big.

Really big.

Part of figuring out how to catch a grouper is knowing what kind of grouper you’re likely to encounter. That’ll help you along with our next tip…

5. Get The Right Rod For The Job

We suggest you choose a rod that’s at least 6 to 7 feet long. And since grouper can get massive, make sure your line is capable of supporting up to 100 pounds or more.

We don’t suggest using a monofilament line as they tend to snap quite easily if you’re dealing with a heavier fish. Instead, we recommend circle hooks and braided lines to make the experience easier.

So now that you know how to catch grouper, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get out there and fish!