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several things going for them. They are easy to catch, they are great
to eat and there are a lot of them. Some of my clients cannot land
Grouper. When we are getting lines broken time after time, I
sometimes rig up dropper rigs (Rig #4) for some of the people. After
several Grunts are brought aboard, everybody wants the same rig and to
heck with Grouper fishing for a while.
It is way
too easy to catch a hundred Grunts. I try to impose a limit of 10
Grunts per person but I sometimes wind up with a hundred for 5 or 6
folks. I donít mind cleaning Grunts too much but a hundred is too
dang many for one guy to clean.
If you keep
a rig baited with a half a Grunt or with big live bait, you often
catch a nice Grouper or Cobia that is attracted by the thrashing of
the Grunts you are snatching. A big bait will be wolfed by a Jewfish
just as some of the Grunts you are jerking up will be eaten. Grunts
really respond to a smelly chum bag.
A 2 or 3
hook dropper rig will catch lots of Grunts, Sea Bass, Trigger Fish and
an occasional nice Grouper. Bait is a matter of personal preference
and I personally hate frozen squid. In my opinion, Remora and Bonita
make the best Grunt Snatchiní bait. Both are bloody, smelly, tough
and mighty attractive to Grunts.
circle hooks catch lots of Grunts and circle hooks are seldom
swallowed. Unfortunately, circle hooks are not very efficient Trigger
Fish hookers. With circle hooks, we catch more fish because I donít
have to spend so much time taking fish off the hook.
Porgies, Triggerfish, Sea Bass and several other small species can
help fill the box on slow Grouper fishing days. These fish are a hoot
for little kids to catch.