Anyways, here is a quicky.
I had a group of accomplished jiggers from Brooklyn NY join me in a quest for some grouper on jigs. I told them it shouldn't be a problem, and it wasn't. The guys insisted we stick to only jigs, and not top bring a morsel of bait, and that was fine with me. First stop was near the rock and after our first two short drifts, we had three citation sized reds in the box. They were happy with that but it got crazier from there. Next drop, one of them came tight and the line came screaming for the surface. I say " This could be a damn billfish", and sure enough a stud sail busts out of the water. Got him leadered and billed but he was pretty green since we were jigging with 40 lbs. of drag, got a crappy picture, but he was gonna break his bill off in my hands so I turned him loose.
The guys were stoked now and wanted some variety so I pushed off to a deep bit of structure to see how tuff these guys were. It was on, the grouper were coming in droves and after a couple drifts we were limited out including our snowy grouper. The full grown aj's were there as well and some real studs were trying to kill these guys. Milton took top honors in the big aj department with a solid 90 lber he bested out of 450 ft. of water. The deep water action was getting the best of the crew so we picked our way back in jigging at some stops along the way getting more aj's , almacos, triggers , king mackeral,and once inshore jigged up some nice seabass and a couple gags we had to release.
It was a fun day and the guys wish to see if you can catch a grouper on butterfly jigs was more than granted. The only problem we had was fitting the catch in their coolers for the ride back to Brooklyn. I must say it was nice spending a day on the water and not having to squeeze the crap out of a single ballyhoo.