The Deep Drop
Fishing in water 600 feet and deeper isn’t the same as dropping bait over the side on a shallow reef in search of common snapper or grouper. That’s a relatively easy task, but when you’re seeking fish that live in total darkness and frigid temperatures a quarter-mile or more beneath the surface, you need to be prepared.
Deep dropping for tilefish and grouper is becoming more and more popular by the day. Faster boats with longer range have now made fish like snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, longtail sea bass, barrel fish, tilefish and others easier targets. The problem is, recently the government has placed parameters and restrictions on certain species of fish that are harvested in the deep drop venue. Such fish like Blueline Tilefish and Snowy Grouper have been closed until the turn of the year. This may not seem like a huge issue, you may think its easier to just fish for something different…but you can’t pick and choose what eats your bait when it’s a half mile deep! The problem arises when the fish surfaces. More often than not, the fish blows up due to the sudden pressure change and then if not vented properly (and sometimes even when vented properly) the fish dies. I know that it is imperative that our fishing industry preserves the sustainability of these fish but it sure is a bummer to have to throw a dead fish back into the water!
There are various deep drop techniques that will help you find these fish in 400–1,300 feet of water. At Angers Answer Sport Fishing, we use the finest equiptment and tackle that is sure to put meat on the deck!
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