December 2009 deep drop fishing

This is a good article written about Deep drop fishing in the Gulf Of Mexico. It is a new way to spend some time offshore if the Tuna bite is not happening or if you want to go and try something different. We have had great success fishing in the deep water and would love to take you out and try your luck!

December's a Great Month to Deep-Drop Fish and Catch Plenty of Fish Offshore at Alabama's Gulf Coast with Captain Johnny Greene

By: John Phillips

Friday, December 11, 2009

Editor’s Note: Captain Johnny Greene of the “Intimidator,” based at of Orange Beach Marina, in Orange Beach, Ala., takes his customers deep-dropping offshore for all kinds of hard-fighting, good-eating fish.


December is a great month to fish, and there are plenty of fish to b caught this month, especially if you pick days when the weather’s good. We’ve got yellowfin tuna, blackfin tuna, and wahoo. December’s proven to be a great month for deep-dropping down to 500-700 feet for yellowedge grouper, snowy grouper, longtail bass and a lot of other fish that many blue-water fishermen aren’t accustomed to seeing that are fun to catch and delicious to eat.

Made Possible by new technoligy

The advancement of the Daiwa electric reel has made deep-dropping affordable and a way of fishing that anybody can do now. Because these reels are affordable now, a small businessman like a boat captain can go out and buy three or four of these reels with the line capacity to be able to get a bait down to deep water. Plus, these reels do not draw so much electricity that you have to carry a spare battery for each reel. They are really solid pieces of equipment. Deep-dropping is basically an untapped resource in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Although quite a few people are talking about deep-dropping, very-few people have actually been on a deep-drop trip. Sometimes anglers don’t realize that getting your bait to the bottom when you’re fishing like this may take 2 to 4 minutes. Ten minutes may be required to reel a big fish up from the bottom. But this kind of fishing can be a lot of fun with these power-assisted reels. We can fairly consistently catch deep grouper and longtail bass, and those longtail bass are neat-looking fish. They resemble somewhat a crappie in shape and size. They have paper-thin mouths and if you really find a big school of them, you can often catch two or three of them in one drop. We usually fish three or four hooks when we’re deep-dropping, so this sport is a lot of fun. When you’re deep-dropping, you really have to pay attention to the bite. Usually a person needs to make several deep-drops to understand what a bite feels like at that depth. Then you have to be concerned with how to get the fish up from the bottom to the boat without bringing them up too fast or too slowly. The new electric reel doesn’t know when the boat’s rising or falling on a wave. So you have to adjust turning the electric reel on and off to the rise and the fall of the boat. When we’re looking at deep-dropping, we’re usually going to be fishing 400- to 2000-feet deep. But the deepest I’m fishing right now is about 1375 feet. At that depth, we mainly catch four species. The spiny-cheeked scorpionfishshyellowedgege grouper, snowy grouper and longtail sea bass. Now believe it or not, I have some fishermen who want to jig-fish in that deep water. They’re jigging 600- to 800-feet deep with braided line, and they’ve actually dropped diamond jigs in that deep water. One guy caught a really-nice golden tilefish deep-jigging with conventional tackle. Then onboard weighed 24 pounds, and that angler fought him all the way to the bottom of the boat on a manual reel and had a great time. If you decide to deep-jig, you have to understand that you’re probably not going to get a whole lot of bites. But, when you catch a fish using this tactic, that fish may be the fish of a lifetime.

Time is the Key

I’m often asked, “How long of a trip should I schedule to go deep-dropping?” I always explain that the angler has to remember that from the time he or she drops his line until it gets to the bottom, by the time he reels it in, even if he doesn’t have a fish on it, the tilefish will take about 10 minutes. So, you need at least a 12-hour trip to a 2-day trip to really try deep-dropping at its best. This time of year, boat captains aren’t real busy. As long as you can be flexible with your schedule and pick weeks with good weather, you can have a great trip. December is my favorite time to fish. The weather’s usually good, there aren’t many other people fishing, and we can have a really-good time. We usually combine a deep-drop trip with a tuna trip. We’ll generally leave at night to reach the area where we’re going to fish for tuna at daylight or a bidoesnore, tuna fish for a while, deep-drop, fish for tuna late in the evening and at night, and fish for tuna the next morning. There are a lot of things to do on a trip like this with lots of action.

To learn more about Captain Johnny Greene, the “Intimidator” and deep-dropping, visit, call (251) 747-2872, or email

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