For fishing offshore on reefs, use light ocean tackle with live pinfish, ballyhoo chunks, or live pilchards. When targeting these fish on shallow grassy flats, light inshore spinning tackle should be used with small jigs, plugs or live crustaceans, such as live shrimp or crabs.
How do I catch more and bigger snappers and groupers?
Man, we get this question all the time. Everyone wants to catch bigger bottom fish...including us!
Here is a great tip that you need to incorporate immediately if you are not already doing this...what is it?...
Mix sand with your chum and send your bait to the bottom inside the chum ball. Also, simply dropping sand/chum balls to the bottom in the area you are fishing gets the chum to where the fish are. When you just put out a chum bag, you are only getting the chum to the surface of the water and maybe a couple of feet below. This is great for Yellowtails, but the grouper has no idea that chum is even there.
Here is Steve in a quick video to show you how it is done