Middle Grounds bait question for grouper/snapper
I along with two of my uncles will be fishing the 12 hour extreme trip on Hubbards Flying Hub June 9 & July 11. As it is during ARS season we will be targeting them along with grouper and mangrove snapper. The boat supplies threadfin and squid.
Besides the two ARS that I am allowed to keep, I am looking to target larger fish like red and gag grouper.
I live over on the east coast in Palm Beach County so I have access to fresh ballyhoo and possibly fresh dead goggle eyes. I think goggle eyes are not common in the Gulf and was wondering if I would be wasting my time and money bringing over a few dozen fresh frozen goggle eyes from the local bait guy to bottom fish with?
No matter what I will bring over some fresh ballyhoo.
What do you guys think about bottom fishing with fresh goggle eyes vs fresh ballyhoo for grouper?
Also what leader length do you prefer while bottom fishing in middle grounds at anchor? Over here along east coast I have to go long leader while drifting and I think that a long leader may cause tangles with other fishermen.
As I am on the east coast I don't have much experience bottom fishing in the middle grounds.
Thanks in advance