Bottom Fishing Vero Beach grouper is outstanding in the fall and spring time. I run deep sea fishing trips on the charter boat Fins out of the Ft. Pierce inlet, where there is an excellent grouper fishery. Directly out of Ft. pierce through Vero beach there are awesome bottom fishing opportunities. Reefs and rocks are plentiful from strait out on the offshore bar to the north east grounds and the 27 fathom ridge. What I like and believe why the fishing is so good is that we have the Oculina Bank an area of deep water habitat protected from bottom fishing. Grouper move east and west from the offshore bar to the 27 fathom ridge to the Oculina bank .
The Oculina bank is just east of the 27 fathom ridge creating awesome grouper fishing. It is made up of rocks and ledges that average 160 to 200 feet of water. The gulf stream moves on and off these rocks providing food and excellent habitat for Gag grouper, scamp grouper, red groupers as well as a variety of snapper. I like to use Pinfish, grunts, blue runners, threadfins, sardines and such.
Rods are stout 50 pound class. I use Penn 114h 6/0s for their durability. 100 pound super braid albrighted to a top shot 100 pound test Ande pink, a stout barrel swivel 4 feet 100 pound pink to 3 way, 5 feet leader 100 pound to 11/0, 12/0 mustad circle. Dropper loop for bank sinker 60 to 80 pound so you can break off without loosing the entire rig. Why a top shot? Big grouper are ground pounders and provides abrasion protection of which braid has none.
Want to go snapper fishing in the Treasure Coast area? Make sure to choose Fins Sport Fishing! Call 772-812-1598 or e-mail Captain Rich.