Grouper fishing in Venice, LA is world renowned. The Gulf of Mexico is home to over a dozen species of grouper, many of which grow in excess of 100 pounds. During a Grouper Fishing Charter, it’s common to catch powerful species such as Black, Gag, Scamp, and Yellow Edge. These voracious bottom dwelling predators are some of the toughest fighting fish in the ocean. Groupers will congregate around rock piles, deep water structure, pipelines, and ship wrecks – often in large schools. While they are naturally territorial, Groupers will move around an area in search of food – with a preference for large live baits, or chunks of dead bait.
Grouper Fishing Charters are an ideal alternative to offshore fishing charters. Grouper fishing requires anglers to use stand-up tackle, or electric reels, to hoist larger specimens from depths of 100ft to 400ft (and deeper for some species). Fighting groupers is an experience unlike any other – they are resilient, exceptionally powerful predators who do not tire easily.
It’s common for grouper fights to last 20 minutes or more, depending on the angler’s tackle. Bottom fishing, in general, is a challenging endeavor – requiring the use of heavy weights to drop large baits to the bottom. Fishing around structure and rock piles can often lead to “break offs” as fish run for cover once hooked. Proper angling technique, durable rods/reels, and heavy line/leader is a requirement to catch trophy size groupers in the Gulf of Mexico.
Groupers are considered some of the finest table-fare in Gulf of Mexico waters. Despite their incredible strength and size, their meat is delicate and vibrant with flavor. Groupers feed, mostly, on fish and crustaceans, which makes their meat “white and flaky”. Groupers also develop a significant level of fat as they age, which is where they get their “buttery” taste. Due to their popularity as a food fish, the grouper populations in the Gulf of Mexico are carefully regulated. Before booking a grouper fishing charter with Paradise Outfitters, please call Capt. Hunter to confirm the season is open.
Casting topwater lures to pelagic fish that are aggressively feeding on the surface is an unparalleled thrill in the world of sportfishing. Predatory fish that actively feed on surface baits are ferociously powerful and often attracted to the “injured” motion a lure can present when skipping across the surface. This fishing style requires long-distance casting and rapid retrieval of large lures – making use of heavy-duty spinning tackle which can withstand immense pressure. Many pelagic species caught at the surface can be extremely acrobatic once hooked. Watching a “fired up” fish charge a surface lure is an incredible experience that should not be missed.
Deep water structure such as rock piles, shipwrecks, and pumping stations are considered the best area to fish for grouper off the coast of Venice, LA.
Grouper fishing is a year round endeavor, but there are seasons when the harvest of certain species is prohibited.