Went out with Clay Oaks, it was a bit rough but we caught fish, 6 AJs, 5 Gag, 3 Red Grouper, and various assorted smaller snappers. Brought up a whole lot of Red Snapper, that was frustrating. We were in 92 to 96 ft of water.
The little guy, my grandson, consistently catches more grouper than anyone on the boat, and he caught two of the AJs. He just leaves the rod in the holder and reels, it seems to me that with circle hooks that works as well or better than holding the rod. Old guys like me have a hard time overcoming the urge to "set the hook".