OFFSHORE species. Adults found by rocky bottoms, reefs and
drop-off walls in water over 60 feet deep. The young may occur inshore in
Up to100 lb.
Black groupers are large, hard-fighting, reef fish. Anglers
will commonly hook a live baitfish to a line that has a breakaway sinker.
This allows them to drop the bait right on top of a reef and keep it
anchored in position. Be ready to have your line cut-off on the reefs, as
most groupers will run straight into the rockiest areas. Sixty- to 80-pound
tackle and a heavy, abrasion-resistant leader is best suited for targeting