CC Spring 06/Grouper Fishing Guidelines
GB DEALER GIVES GULF GROUPER ANGLERS GREAT GUIDELINES
In early March Brad Kenyon, owner of Boat & Motor Superstores in Clearwater, Flor.,
gave a fishing seminar on “How to Catch Grouper” to about 40 members of nearby Gulf
Harbors Fishing Club.
A well-established Glacier Bay dealer, Kenyon bought his first boat at the age of 10 and
has continued boating, fishing and diving pretty much ever since. A Coast Guard Captain,
Kenyon has set two, IGFA Line class red grouper world records on 30# line. The first
was an 18 lbs red grouper that he later bested with a 26-pounder.
How to Catch a Grouper by Brad Kenyon
Boat – 20’ minimum. I like a 22’ Glacier Bay with twin motors. We run from 20
to 100 miles offshore.
Electronics – Loran or GPS. Plotter & fish finder are recommended. If a good
plotter is not used a jug (marker buoy) will be necessary).
Ground Tackle – Good quality anchor with plenty of chain.
Terminal Tackle – 4/0 Penn or 400 H Diwa are good choices. Something with
stopping power is a drag that will lock down #60 line with 4 to 6 oz. swivel and
circle hook. Circle hooks save lives of released fish. Tagged studies by Mote
show up to a 60% increase in survival. Jigs also work!
Bait – Dead bait like Spanish sardines, cigar minnows, shad, threadfin, Boston
mackerel, mullet are good dead and cut baits. Properly hook dead bait through the
eye socket or nose. Live bait is fine & can be hooked the same way. Hook dead
bait with hook exposed and as hydrodynamic as possible so bait will not spin on
the way down.
Location – Rock piles, ledges, hard bottoms and wrecks. Situate your boat very
close to the structure because grouper do not like to swim far from their
underwater homes. A good plotter or jug is necessary.
Ready for action – Put your lead on the bottom and wait. Crank. Do not yank!
Venting – Survival rate appears to improve on fish that are vented (at the surface
angler pokes a hole in the fishes’ ribs so it can release gases) in waters over 100-
Images: See Grouper Fishing- big file of grouper photos
See email/images Peter Harper 3/14/06
CALL DAVE MOREL – AD GUY AT POWER & MOTORYACHT 508-845-0090
Contact Peter Harper @ peter.harper@GE.com
#1 – Dave Morel (green coat)
#2 – Dave
#3 – Peter Harper/Brad in front
#7 – Dave Morel – amberjack
#19 – Dave in white shirt/Peter in Blue