Longtail bass, barrelfish, tilefish, bearded brotula, and spinycheek scorpionfish are almost exclusively caught in water deeper than 500 feet. They are uniformly excellent eating. We use electric reels to access these “deep drop” species.
Long Tail Bass | Barrelfish | Tilefish | Brotula | Queen Snapper
These delicious groupers are caught typically between 450-750 foot depths. Considered by many to be the best eating of the gulf groupers, they are of major commercial importance.
They are found over the muddy bottom and also in deep-water structure. Deep-drop rigs and electric reels are critical to catching these beasts who seem to love very oily, smelly cut bait like squids and boston mackerels.