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Ellen Grant
• Thursday, 17 December, 2020
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1 At Big Pier 60 in Clearwater, a few Spanish mackerel were caught early before the latest front, but nothing since. Decent whiting have been caught, but the water has been churned up, reports Big Pier 60 Bait & Tackle (727-462-6466).

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2 At Madeira Beach, nearshore there are dogfish around a depth of 30 to 70 feet on live shrimp. The black fin tuna bite is picking up for the pelagic anglers, reports Capt.

4 At Fort De Soto Park, sleepyhead up to 5 pounds are biting around the bridges, the area docks and the marina. At the pier, sleepyhead are on the pilings, but the water is churned up, reports Joe Berlin of Terra Verde Bait and Tackle (727-864-2108).

The shallow reefs and rock piles are holding good numbers of keeper grouper. There’s plenty of snooks, redfish and trout in Terra Can Bay and the mouth of the Manatee River, reports Capt.

“There’s a phenomenal gag grouper bite in Tampa Bay right now,” reports Capt. 6 At Anna Maria, redfish up to 30 inches are up around the docks of Palma Sold and on the west side of the sound around Key Royale.

Good-sizes nook are holding at the Rod and Reel Pier, but they’re finicky on the bite, reports Moore. Redfish, trout and a few snooks are biting around Miguel Bay, Terra Can Bay, the mouth of the Manatee River and south to PERCO Bayou and the surrounding flats, reports Capt.

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7 At St. Petersburg, the gag grouper bite is solid on most structure, around the bridges, the reefs and along the shipping channel. Redfish have moved real shallow and cut bait on the bottom is producing in the deeper holes on the low tides.

Gag grouper have been caught while trolling along the channel south of Picnic Island. A few tripletails have been caught while blind casting the markers, reports Andy Bait & Tackle (813-839-5551).

• At Homosassa, the offshore gag grouper bite has been good using live pinkish, but cooler water has made the fish sluggish. Live shrimp are the best bait, but soft plastics along the rocky points along the north shorelines will produce, reports Capt.

• At Fort Pierce, lane snapper are biting offshore on the bottom at a depth of 50 to 80 feet. The Melody Lane Pier and the bridge catwalks are producing sand perch, sleepyhead and black drum.

If you do have a large aquarium and can provide the necessary foods and water quality the groupers make excellent pets. Cephalopods miniature Coral Grouper To keep a Coral Grouper you are going to need a tank that is 180 gallons or larger for long term success and plan on feeding them feeder fish, larger shrimp, pieces of chopped up fresh or thawed fish, etc.

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They are covered from nose to tail fin in bright blue spots that are edged in black, except the area of the chest in front of the pectoral fins, which is spotless. Report Broken Video Juvenile Peacock Hind in captivity.

This is an excellent example of how tiny juvenile Peacock Hinds, or Blue Spot Groupers can be! Add as the last member of an aggressive community reef or fish only tank and provide places for them to hide.

This video shows two adult Coral hinds in the wild, swimming near their favorite food, the Lyre tail Antics! Groupers will sometimes elicit the help of octopus or Gray Moray eels to flush out a morsel hiding within the rocks or corals of the reef.

Often purchased as an adorable 2" baby, the Panther Grouper can grow 2" per month, so putting them in a 180 gallon tank is best. They swim around nose down with their big pectoral fins constantly wiggling and moving, which is one of their endearing qualities.

This little guy will grow to 27" in the wild, but closer to 20" in captivity and will only become a threat to any fish or crustacean that can fit into their mouth! The gentlemen in the video refers to the Panther Grouper as a Barracuda Cod, and acknowledges they are a protected fish and will be letting it go.

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The great thing about this video is that it gives the aquarium a real VISUAL of how big these fish will get. Report Broken Video White spotted Grouper juvenile feeding response.

Report Broken Video Adult White spotted Grouper in the wild. To get an idea of the full size of this fish, you can see adult Blue-Headed Wrasses nearby who are dwarfed in comparison to this 12" grouper.

The fry at 16 days develop a big white spot on the sides of their bodies. Most Groupers will grow well over 12 inches in captivity and need a large tank full of swimming room and hiding places to thrive.

In the wild, it can attain sizes up to 18", but tank specimens rarely exceed a foot in length. Like all groupers, it will eat any fish that they can swallow whole and behave aggressively towards tank mates that intrude into its preferred hiding place.

Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges. Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed.

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And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely. May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish. Level of Care: ModerateAcclimaton Time: 2+ yourself Compatibility: with caution Approximate Purchase Size: Small 2” to 2-1/2 Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" Large 6" to 8" Small$69.99Medium$89.99Large$129.99XLarge$189.99Aquarium ConditionedClown GrouperPogonoperca punctate YouTube Video of the Clown Grouper Description:The Clown Grouper, also known as the Spotted Soap fish, Snowflake Soap fish, or Lea flip Soap fish, is silverish-brown with white spotting over the entire body.

Clown groupers should be provided with plenty of both open swimming room and rock caves and tunnels. Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges.

Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely.

May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish. Level of Care: ModerateAcclimaton Time: 2+ yourself CompatibilityWith CautionApproximate Purchase Size: Small: 1-1/2” to 2-1/2” Medium: 2-1/2" to 4" Large: 4" to 6" Large: 6" to 8"Small$129.99Medium$159.99Large$179.99XLarge$299.99Aquarium ConditionedPanther GrouperCromileptes actively Click to view YouTube Video Panther Grouper Description: A very popular grouper and saltwater aquarium fish, this is perhaps one of the easiest to care for of all available marine groupers. Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed.

And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely. May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish. Level of Care: EasyAcclimaton Time: 2+ yourself Compatibility:With CautionApproximate Purchase Size: Sm 1-1/2” to 2, Sm/Med 2" to 3", Med 3" to 4", Leg 4" to 5", XL 5" to 7", XXL 7" to 9" Small$29.99Small/Medium$39.99Medium$59.99Large$79.99XLarge$99.99XXLarge$179.99Aquarium Conditioned V-Tail GrouperCephalopholis rode Click to view YouTube Video Red V-Tail Grouper Description:Red V-Tail Grouper, Cephalopods models, comes from the Indo-Pacific and from the Hawaiian Islands.

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With the potential to grow to nearly a foot in length, the Red V-Tail Grouper should be kept only in larger aquariums. Crustaceans, being part of its natural diet, will likely be eaten. Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges.

Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely.

May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish. Level of Care: ModerateAcclimaton Time: 2+ yourself Compatibility:With CautionApproximate Purchase Size: Small 2” to 2-1/2 Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" Large 6" to 8"Small$79.99 Medium $89.99 Large $129.99Large $199.99Aquarium Conditioned Cherry Lout GrouperVariola lout Click to view YouTube Video Cherry Lout Grouper Description:The Cherry Lout Grouper in the wild will reach lengths of over 24 inches therefore it requires a great deal of space to grow. Its coloration begins with a cherry red at the dorsal that fades into a pale yellow underneath.

Like all groupers, it will eat any fish that it can swallow whole and will behave aggressively towards tank mates that intrude into its preferred hiding place. Tank Recommendations: Can be maintained in ‘large’ reef or fish-only aquariums with several caves and ledges.

Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely.

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May be difficult to feed in the early days in the aquarium and if so, (if small live marine fish are not available) live glass/grass shrimp and/or small crabs, e.g., fiddler crabs may be needed to sustain the fish. Level of Care: ModerateAcclimaton Time: 2+ yourself Compatibility:With CautionApproximate Purchase Size: Small 2” to 2-1/2 Medium 2-1/2" to 4" Large 4" to 6" Large 6" to 8"Small$69.99 Medium $79.99 Large $129.99XLarge $199.99Aquarium ConditionedPolleni GrouperCepholopholis pollen Click to view YouTube Video Pollen Grouper Description:The Pollen Grouper is a stunning and large grouper. Pollen Groupers reach a maximum adult size of around 17 inches and need to be kept in tanks that are at least 220 gallons.

For these reasons if you want to add a Pollen Grouper to your reef tank, you must proceed with caution. Pollen Groupers will thrive in larger fish only systems where they will add a huge dash of color to your tank.

Therefore, a meaty diet such as enriched chopped fresh fish or shrimp flesh, and/or frozen carnivore foods should be fed. And because these are not overly active fish, their metabolism is somewhat low, so feeding once every other day should suffice nicely.

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1 www.coastalreview.org - https://www.coastalreview.org/2020/11/whats-on-the-line-north-carolina-grouper/
2 islandfreepress.org - https://islandfreepress.org/fishing-report/whats-on-the-line-grouper-in-north-carolina/
3 safmc.net - https://safmc.net/regulations/regulations-by-species/gag-grouper/