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Biggest Red Grouper Ever Caught

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Earl Hamilton
• Sunday, 26 September, 2021
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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.

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On Dec. 29, 1998, Ernesto Join landed the biggest broom tail grouperevercaught 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.

Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Actinopterygii Order: Performed Family: Serranidae Subfamily: Epinephrine Genus: Epimetheus Species: Binomial name Epimetheus lanceolatus Synonyms Holocentrus lanceolatus Bloch, 1790 Promiscuous lanceolatus (Bloch, 1790) Serra nus lanceolatus (Bloch, 1790) Serra nus geographic us Valentines, 1828 Serra nus abdominal is Peters, 1855 Barracks gigs Gunther, 1869 Rigorous Goliath DE Vi's, 1882 Serra nus phaeostigmaeus Fowler, 1907 Stereolepoides Thompson Fowler, 1923 The giant grouper has a robust body which has a standard length equivalent to 2.4 to 3.4 times its depth.

The dorsal profile of the head and the intraorbital area are convex, The properly has a rounded corner and a finely serrated margin. The gill cover has a convex upper margin.

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The adults are greyish-brown in color overlain with a mottled pattern and with darker fins. The giant grouper can grow to huge size with the maximum recorded standard length being 270 centimeters (110 in), although they are more common around 180 centimeters (71 in).

And a maximum published weight of 400 kilograms (880 lb). The giant grouper is a species of shallow water and can be found at depths of 1 to 100 meters (3.3 to 328.1 ft).

Large specimens have been caught from shore and in harbors. They are found in caves and in wrecks while the secretive juveniles occur in reefs and are infrequently observed.

The adults are mainly solitary and hold territories on the outer reef and in lagoons. They have also been caught in turbid water over silt or mud sea beds by prawn fishermen.

The giant grouper is an opportunistic ambush predator which feeds on a variety of fishes, as well as small sharks, juvenile sea turtles, crustaceans and mollusks which are all swallowed whole. Fish which inhabit coral reefs and rocky areas favor spiny lobsters as prey and 177 centimeters (70 in) specimen taken of Maui in Hawaii had a stomach contents of two spiny lobsters and a number of crabs.

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Fish living in estuaries environments in South Africa were found to be feeding almost exclusively on the crab Scylla errata. They are, however, curious and frequently approach divers closely.

They are not generally considered dangerous to humans but divers are advised to treat large specimens with caution and not to hand feed them. They are aggregate broadcast spawners, usually with several females per male.

Studies in captive populations suggest that the dominant male and female begin the spawning event as nearly the only spawners for the first day or two, but other members of the aggregation fertilize more eggs as the event progresses, with even the most recently turned males fathering offspring. Giant groupers are diabetic protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning that although some males develop from reproductively functional females other males start to produce sperm without ever having gone through a phase as a reproductive female.

The giant grouper is a highly valued food fish and is taken by both commercial and recreational fisheries. As well as the consumption of its flesh its skin, gall bladder and stomach are used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

It is valued in Hong Kong as a live fish for the live reef food fish trade, especially smaller specimens. This species is cultured in agriculture and this practice is widespread but there is a restricted supply of juveniles, although hatcheries in Taiwan have produced captive bred juveniles, exporting some for to be grown on in other parts of South-East Asia.

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Many of the fish produced in aquaculture are hybrids between this species and E. fuscoguttatus. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

“A study into parental assignment of the communal spawning protogynous hermaphrodite, giant grouper (Epimetheus lanceolatus)”. ^ Peter Palma; Akihito Nakamura; Garden XYZ Libunaoa; et al. (2019).

Growing to lengths of 8.2 feet (2.5 m), this grouper can weigh as much as 800 pounds (363 kg). In Florida, the largest hook and line captured specimen weighed 680 pounds (309 kg).

In some places, anglers say, Goliath grouper are the most prominent game fish. And since they’re illegal to keep, not many people want to tug on a 500-pound fish for upward of an hour just to release it.

They are relatively slow growing and take five to seven years to reach sexual maturity. Large groupers in the Caribbean are linked to increased risk of Cautery poisoning.

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Growing to lengths of 8.2 feet (2.5 m), this grouper can weigh as much as 800 pounds (363 kg). In Florida, the largest hook and line captured specimen weighed 680 pounds (309 kg).

Since 1990, it has been illegal to capture or kill the Goliath in federal and state waters. However, for several years, fishermen in Florida have contested that the grouper are back, and are eating much of their catch.

The mysterious animal that had killed and eaten the 9-foot great white shark and had stumped scientists turned out to be a super predator feared by even apex predators like the great white shark. Grouper is a lean, moist fish with a distinctive yet mild flavor, large flakes and a firm texture.

The Regrouped has a slightly sweeter, milder flavor than the Black Grouper and is considered to be the better of the two. Grouper ’s flavor profile is like a cross between Bass and Halibut.

For decades, many ichthyologist works, as well as the Guinness Book of World Records, listed two great white sharks as the largest individuals: In the 1870s, a 10.9 m (36 ft) great white captured in southern Australian waters, near Port Fairy, and an 11.3 m (37 ft) shark trapped in a herring weir in New Brunswick, Goliath groupers eat crustaceans, other fish, octopuses, young sea turtles, sharks, and barracudas.

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The Goliath grouper, which, according to BMNH, has been known to stalk humans and “conduct unsuccessful ambushes,” took off with Saber’s spear and gun trailing behind. Grouper has also become the choice of people concerned with healthy eating because it is nutritious in addition to being delicious.

“Goliath grouper teeth are small and recurred,” Koenig said. “They are designed to hold the fish within the mouth cavity, not to cut it in pieces.

In most all cases, these Goliath Grouper are even more aggressive eaters than sharks when they attack prey. And this video by Blackish is pretty clear evidence of just how quick and aggressive these large Goliath Groupers are when it comes to getting a meal.

Chimeras, also called ghost sharks or catfish, belong to the Elasmobranchii family but are more distantly related to the rest of the group. Shook meat is white with a medium firmness, not as delicate as trout but not as dense as swordfish.

All young yellow mouth groupers (Mycteroperca interstitial is) are born females, but as they grow larger they change into males. Only small percentages survive long enough to become a male, thus ensuring the greater majority are egg-laying females.

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White perch is a favorite for its flaky textured meat. 6 of the Healthiest Fish to Eat (And 6 to Avoid) It’s both delicious and nutritious, as fish are a source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids that benefit your heart and brain.

Good choices are safe to eat one serving a week. Fish to avoid shouldn’t be eaten at all because they have the highest mercury levels.

They include King mackerel, marlin, shark, and swordfish. Salmon farming is significant in Chile, Norway, Scotland, Canada and the Fare Islands; it is the source for most salmon consumed in the United States and Europe.

Atlantic salmon are also, in very small volumes, farmed in Russia and Tasmania, Australia. Only one percent of the world fishing fleet is larger than 100 gross tons (longer than 24 meters).

There is no international instrument in force concerning the safety of fishing vessels. Dolphins also have the advantage of speed as they can swim faster than most shark species.

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