Made my first attempt at trying for grouper using live piggy perch on a party boat out of Port A that was in fed water targeting vermillion snapper. Everytime I sent a very frisky and very alive perch down to the bottom they died- right away. First time I back hooked the perch below dorsal fin, next time I nose hooked, 3rd time I lip to nose hooked. All 3 times same result, dead perch after reeling up about 2-5 min after sending it down (boat moved spots frequently). Can someone help me understand what I need to fix to keep the perch alive? Deckhands rigged me with a 3way swivel to a circle hook and 2x12 oz weights on the other line. I let the line out at regular dead bait drop rate, thumbing the spool to prevent a backlash, do I need to drop down live bait super slow? Also, if the bait dies one deckhand said groupers won't eat it and get a new bait. Later an old salt on the boat told me dead piggy perch is fine just squeeze the eyes to get the juices running and maybe cut one side too. Which is right? Does the bIt need to be live, or is dead fine too? I'd really like to catch a grouper. My gear is a senator 114H USA made version and a heavy roller rod meant for trolling. If I hook one, will my gear be ok? Pic of rig deckhands tied attached.