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Old 02-09-2008, 06:13 PM
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Default What is best for a Grouper Rig???

I've always been told that the best Grouper rig is a Heavy rod, a PENN 113-H with 60-80 lb. mono and a 6 oz. barrel sinker. Is this the best. Also what type of bait is the best. I have always used Sardines, but I have also heard that Gray Snapper is great for the big boys.
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Default RE: What is best for a Grouper Rig???

That will work.....heavy rod or for some group 30-50lb class tackle. My buddy Ben Chancey from http://www.chewonthis.tv uses the Avet T-RX with 100lbs of drag for the Goliath grouper down there in Florida and he hooks Live Rays as bait!!!!




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Default RE: What is best for a Grouper Rig???

I would prefer braid over mono because braid has no stretch. You will need this when grouper fishing so you can yank them out of the recks. With mono you have a very good chance of the grouper hanging you in the reck because of the line stretch!

A 113H special senator is fine but braid also allows you to lighten your tackle. Ive got my Penn 706z filled with braid and several other spin fishers filled with braid and I grouper fish with all of them and it works great.

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Old 02-18-2008, 08:13 AM
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What about Penn 160s do those work???
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Default Re: What is best for a Grouper Rig???

I would suggest at least 30lb rod, 80 lb braid line with 150lb leader(down to 50lb depending on water clarity), and the reel is personal choice. I use a Penn 113, Penn 112H, Penn 330GTI, Shimano TLD25, and Shimano Torium 30. Most all of it's about what you feel comfortable with. You can spent a lot or a little and still get pretty much the same results. My favorite is my 20-something year old 113 Senator, just because that's one that my father passed down to me as a kid.
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Here is the headboat classic. I also use this set-up and have been for years (I use to use mono main line and leader).
Ugly Stik BWB 1120 8' rod
Penn 113h 4/0 reel (Penn 330 GTi if you like levelwind)
stand. knocker rig w/ 60-100 # flourcarbon leader (varies)
I like to use live bait hooks unless I am in super deep water I'll use circle hooks....but looks like circle hooks will be mandatory on Florida reef fishing.
I have also been won over by braided line.....I use PowerPro 65#

You can get this set up for right around $200

here is a headboat's recomendations that fishes the Florida Middle Grounds (bottom fishing speactacular)
http://www.vikingfleet.com/vikingnew...d=58&zoneid=14
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Down in FL where I fish we use very heavy set up for goliath groupers. We use at least 125# main line with a leader that is equally as strong. I use a penn international 30W on a star rod 50-80 pound class. We upgraded our gear because our regular grouper rods (80 pound braid) were not nearly enough to stop these big beasts. the goliaths that we target are 225 pounds and up that why we had to upgrade
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Hey guys, I would like to jump onto the conversation here. I am an experienced fisherman, but new to the Goliath. I recently purchased a Penn International 50VS. I have a 70" 130-160# rod with rollers. I would like to set this rod up for Goliath fishing. After some thought, and much research, I think I have an idea of how to set this reel up, please give me your opinions: my target is large goliath, and I’m fishing in less than 80 foot of water here in Florida.
I plan to spool the reel with about 400 yards of 80# mono (this way I can use in the future for trolling). Then add 150-300 yards of 250#PP. I am unsure of what leader to use, 200-300 mono, or go with a fluorocarbon. I plan to use an 18/O or 20/O hook, circle - probably Owner.
From my research, I see that there are 1million different opinions on what works better. If you are experienced in Goliath fishing, can you please give me some advice? Thanks again,

Joey.
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