The second time, Dean bested the fat grouper and fought it to the surface. It took a while for all the paperwork to be submitted and approved, but Dean’s 35 pound and 11 ounce catches was officially recognized as the new N.C. record on February 2, 2018.
“They specialize in bottom fishing and I’ve been booking the second week of June for more than 10 years. The state record was truly the icing on the cake, but we also caught several hog snappers and a lobster.
Dean said all agreed this was an exceptionally large red grouper and that it should be weighed on official scales once back at the dock. He wasn’t thinking state record, but he had caught a 31 founder several years earlier and thought this one was a little heavier.
In addition to the new state record, the catch on this trip included several more grouper, plus several hog snapper, a spiny lobster and an assortment of other offshore bottom fish. Dean’s red grouper weighed 35 pounds and 11 ounces on the certified scales at Island Tackle and Hardware in Carolina Beach.
The world all-tackle record for red grouper is a 42 pounds and 4 ounces fish caught off St. Augustine Florida in 1997. Dean was using a mixed bait of squid and a cigar minnow when the big grouper hit.
He said he likes to put several pieces of squid on the hooks as it lasts better when the overly abundant bait thieves are pecking at it. Dean was fishing a combination of a JB Custom Rod, built to Batson’s specs, and a PENN 3/0 Senator reel.
The reel was filled with Mo moi 80 pound test mono line in the smoke gray color and the bait was pinned on a Mustard circle hook. His writing features this area prominently, but he has fished and written about the East Coast from Virginia to Florida, the Gulf Coast, California, Alaska and several of the Great Lakes in the U.S., plus several countries in Central America and several Caribbean Islands.
They're naturally strong fish, but often it's their pure size and weight that makes them difficult to land. This species of grouper can weight hundreds of pounds, and they're often responsible for broken lines and lost tackle.
On Dec. 29, 1998, Ernesto Join landed the biggest broom tail grouper ever caught and certified as an IFA all-tackle record. Alberto Penalty boated a giant mottled grouper on Aug. 13, 1996, off the east side of Gibraltar (a small country located between Spain and Morocco).
William Laser landed the all-tackle record gulf grouper off Lore to in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, Tim Ostrich II reeled in a 124-pound black grouper.
KOI Yeshiva caught the all-tackle record convict grouper off YAGNI Island in Okinawa, Japan, on April 25, 2011. On March 4, 2012, Shane Keith Nelson caught a monstrous giant grouper off Latham Island, Tanzania.
Along all the coasts of Florida and the Bahamas, from inshore estuaries out to the deepest waters offshore Groupers are found. They are the most widely available of the game fish and also offer a great number of differing varieties.
The species have now started to make a comeback and have been renamed Goliath Grouper) are the most widely distributed. Most of the other species, Nassau, Red Hind, Black, Yellow fin and Scamp live in and around the coral reefs of the extreme south of Florida.
Groupers live close to the bottom and are always associated with some type of submerged structure i.e. reef or wreck. Adults inhabit rocky bottoms, reefs and drop-off walls in water over 60 feet deep; young occur inshore in waters around seagrass beds, mangrove forests and hard-bottom communities.
Adults inhabit rocky bottoms, reefs and drop-off walls in water over 60 feet deep; young occur inshore in waters around seagrass beds, mangrove forests and hard-bottom communities. Grouper are born as females but can later become male. Grouper spawn between January and May with some of the more tropical species spawning year-round. Grouper fishing from a boat typically involves baits fished near the bottom, with heavy tackle and heavier to bring grouper to the surface.
They feed on squid, crustaceans, and fish. The Florida record is 42lbs 4ozs caught near St. Augustine Inlet. Kevin Kelly displays a Goliath Grouper killed unfortunately by RED TIDE in 2005.
We found this 400lb monster floating on the surface at the entrance to the Segment Channel. Jewish now known as the Goliath Grouper (Epimetheus Tamara) can attain weight up to 800lbs and is more common in the south of Florida than the north.
Goliath Troopers are found nearshore often around docks, in deep holes, and on ledges. Goliath Grouper spawn over summer months and have a lifespan of 30 to 50 years.
Nassau grouper form large spawning aggregations, making this species highly vulnerable to over harvest. The species is found in tropical and subtropical waters as deep as 400 feet, from North Carolina to Brazil, including the southern part of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.
Spawning occurs from March to July, and females release an average of 90 thousand to 3 million pelagic eggs. The species may live up to 17 years or longer, and reach a length of 23 inches and a weight of 10 pounds.
Red hind feed on small fishes, crabs, shrimps and squid. Red hind will hide in holes and crevices and capture their prey by ambushWorld record 6lbs 1oz.
Adults are associated with rocky bottoms, reef, and drop off walls in water over 60 feet deep. Black grouper spawn between May and August, and they are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning that young predominantly female who transform into males as they grow larger.
Larger individuals of this species are generally found in greater depths, and they feed on fish and squid. Undergoes sex reversal from female to male in latter part of life; specific name translates to “venomous,” alluding to the fact that this fish, perhaps more frequently than other groupers, is associated with ciguatera poisoning; feeds on fish and squid. Florida record 34lbs 6oz caught near Key Largo.
Young undergo a sex transformation from female to male as they become older.Florida's record is 28lbs 6ozs. Yellow mouth Grouper (Mycteroperca interstitial is) has a color tan or brown with darker spots, or a network of spots, fused into lines; distinct yellow wash behind the jaws; yellow around the eyes; outer edges of fins yellowish.
Found OFFSHORE over reefs and rocks; not as common as scamp in the Gulf; range limited to southern Florida. Undergoes sex reversal, young individuals female, older individuals becoming male; young fish are bi-colored, dark above white below; feeds on small fish and crustaceans.
Warsaw Grouper (Epimetheus nitrites) is uniformly dark brown, with no distinct markings; dorsal fin with 10 spines; second spine very long (much longer than third); caudal fin squared-off; rear nostril larger than front nostril; young have yellow caudal fin with dark saddle on caudal peduncle; some whitish spots on body. On May 24th 2014, Cullen Greer reeled in a six-and-a-half-foot-long, 297-pound Warsaw grouper while fishing in Venice, Louisiana.
The most shocking part of this story may be that it won't go down as the largest fish ever caught in the state. If the catch does get verified by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, it would become the fifth-largest ever caught in the state.
It could also go down in the state record books as the third-largest Warsaw caught by a hand crank, according to Greer. Leaders need be substantial as these fish are usually on the large size and dive straight back into the whole in which they live.
As the State Regulations are in constant flux we advise anglers to refer to www.MyFWC.com/fishing for the latest information. The nearly world record gag grouper was caught by the fishing team Hauling’ Grass.
Photo provided On June 1, American red snapper weren’t the only fish to have their season opened. Flying a bit under the radar for offshore anglers has been the simultaneous opening of gag grouper.
With the opening of red snapper, many anglers running deep have run into big gags, and none were bigger than the beast that Brian Turner and crew of team Hauling’ Grass caught 80 miles offshore in 200 feet of water. The world record gag grouper of 80 pounds, 6 ounces was caught in Destiny in 1993.
Turner would find his a few pounds behind, somewhere in the mid-70-pound range, one of the biggest gags I’ve ever heard being caught from Bradenton. Joining him aboard Turner’s 42-foot Yellow fin will be fellow local marlin expert Scott Cricket to fish the 66th Ernest Hemingway International Billfish Tournament.
I can say that as our four-man crew limited on American red snapper in 30-minutes during the short two-day extension. We also came across a few tuna, yellowtail snapper and big red grouper as well before heading in to beat the storms.