A test of strength

Tom’s friend Andrew was in town on a fishing vacation.  His first stop was Miami area for peacock bass and snake heads.  His last stop was our Gulf coast for a little pull of a Goliath grouper.  Guys day out on the boat, both Andrew’s and Tom headed out in search of a local moster grouper, the conditions were perfect.  They brought along some frozen mullet for bait but soon learned these grouper were going to be picky today.  A few tries with the mullet on the knocker rig and no luck.  Not a nibble.  Then they started to notice some large jacks schooling around the area and caught a couple on swim bait’s.   These are fun to catch and drag screamers at this size!  They make nice goliath and shark bait as well.  Since the mullet werent working the guys gave the jacks a try!

boca grande jack

That sure did the trick!  Andrew hooked one on the line and sent it down next to the piling where the grouper like to hang out.  It wasnt down on the bottom for 3 mins before he was hooked up!  Andrew was in for the workout of a life time, these fish are pretty strong and know how to take you into structure to cut your line.  After a fight on the 80w reel Andrew landed his first goliath grouper!  Check out the video below of his adventure, watch in HD for best quality.

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