Grouper Season in the Mediterranean
It’s Samuel from Israel.
Great catch my friend! It looks like Epinephelus akaara, one of the most expensive groupers in Japan. It habits in rocky bottom. It takes a lot of skills and luck to catch such a big one.
Rod Evergreen Poseidon Slow Jerker 603-3
Reel Shimano Ocea Jigger 1500HG
Line Shimano Ocea EX8 PE1.5
Leader Seaguar FXR fluoro #8
Jigs Seafloor Control Rector 240g, Spunky 150g
My friend said “the grouper’s have arrived!”
This sentence echoed in my head all week, and after 2 weeks without fishing, I found the time to go. Before departing I prepared Gawky and Crancky in every weight 180 to 300g. One of them would be the winner!
The basic 603-3 with gawky 180 was the one, this beautiful grouper followed my jig 10 m above the earth, which was probably my luck because I succeeding in lifting his head before he went back to his reef. After 30 minutes, followed a second grouper (2kg), sadly I lost him when I tried to pull him on the boat by hand, next time I will use the net.
To finish off on the way back to the marina, I stopped at a wreck with my friend and we each picked up 2 baby amberjack’s (there was a serious band), no big ones there, but an excellent sashimi on the menu…
I love that game my friend, but I have to tell you that I feel very lucky when I succeed in bringing back a nice fish like this. I have lost so many, that I didn’t manage to bring on to the boat … So I think I should change the line for PE3 at least. What do you think?
I went this Friday fishing in 120 m for the first time, it was exciting, especially when I had a bite, probably a monster grouper, that again I couldn’t bring onto the boat, and again it broke my line…
Totoooos! I need a solution…help me! You will tell me: rich peoples problem?!! No no no, it’s not the Caribbean here, each time I go fishing it’s a real battle to have a bite, it’s very competitive here.
I know exactly what you mean. How many times have I regreted that I was not using heavier tackle or when a big one contacted? But then again, it’s maybe because I was using finesse that the fish liked it. Using heavy tackle clearly gets less contacts.
I think you are playing a great game, my friend. If the fishing is so easy to catch many numbers and big in sizes, it would not be this fun.
See my follow-up on this post.
How can I catch a monster? →