Reg Grouper may have the reputation as the redheaded stepchild of the gag grouper but that moniker is undeserved. They are great table fare and when you hook in to a big one, it’s like hooking into a firetruck that’s on its way to a 5 alarm blaze.
January is typically always a great month for fishing for these guys as they move their way into shallower water. We’ve been catching them on dead sardines and lie pinfish from 5-15 miles out this month. The action has been fast and the weather has been kind enough to cooperate most days.
Water clarity is at it’s best this time of year s that means the fish can see better. The trick to getting these fish to eat is to lighten up your leader line and downsize your hooks.