The species is described as a ‘slow breeder’, so a depleting population has less chance of sustaining numbers. An adult black grouper ’s diet consists of small fish and squid.
The popular Grouper is named for the word “group”, meaning fish in Portuguese. There are over 450 species of Groupers, including those commonly found in the Bahamas, the Black, Nassau, Tiger and Strawberry varieties.
This fish of the Serranidae family, has a stout body and long mouth. They come in a wide array of colors, from gray, too tawny to red, depending on the species.
All groupers are born female and some will change to male when they reach breeding age. Groupers tend to gather in large masses at night to spawn during mating season.
Habitat Gag Groupers are native to the Western Atlantic Ocean and can be found near Bermuda, Florida, and the Bahamas. They are bottom dwellers, occupying holes and ledges near coral reefs and wreckage sites.
When threatened, the fish can extend its gill muscles, locking its body in a cave. Feeding Patterns These solitary hunters of the Bahamas, ambush their prey during daylight hours.
Gag Groupers use a powerful sucking system made with their mouth and gills to inhale their meal. The battle with a large specimen can be rather exhausting, yet satisfying when the catch is finally made.
The bodies benefit by feeding on the proceeds of their endeavors removed from the host (or ‘client’ as one might say). And of course, in return for their favors a collateral benefit is that they can feed freely without being eaten by a potential predator.
The species is described as a ‘slow breeder’, so a depleting population has less chance of sustaining numbers. Whatever effect climate change may be having on the oceans, stock depletion of this noble species also has more direct human causes.
The NASSAU GROUPER has a defined and enforced closed season to help maintain numbers. It will be interesting to see if the same protection is eventually extended to the black grouper and indeed to other grouper species.
Nassau Grouper Threats | | Fish, like humans, have a wide variety of temperaments, or so it seems. Resorting to anthropomorphic analysis of animal behavior is a favorite pastime for humans.
Who really knows if a creature is actually feeling shy or confident or playful or aggressive or indeed inquisitive. Often it just seems that way, and we are happy to categorize dolphins as playful, sharks as vicious, angelfish as serene, small darting fish as timid and so on.
Which is why there are closed seasons for certain fish, ensuring a time when they can be left alone to breed in peace and to perpetuate their species. They are mostly found in the Northern Bahamas but only the Nassau grouper is on the IUCN Red List as an Endangered Species in need of protection.
Sad to say, mankind is the main cause of the population fragility that has led to the official listing, and the imposition of a strict closed season for 3 months between December 1st and February 28th. Scientific studies have shown that commercial overfishing has reduced a thriving population to fewer than 10,000 mature fish.
That may sound plenty to be going on with… until you consider that a net annual loss of only 10% would lead to extinction in a decade. An adult can grow to more than a meter long, and weigh 25 kg They tend to be solitary daytime feeders, eating small fish & crustaceans Their large mouths are used to ‘inhale’ or suck in prey The coloring of an individual can vary from red to brown These fish have little black spots around the eyes (I’ve no idea why).
In some of these photos you’ll notice tiny fish attending to the grouper. These are CLEANERS, and they are an essential part of the bodily and oral hygiene routine for larger fish species.
This mutually beneficial arrangement is called ‘cleaning symbiosis’ and is carried out by (for example) bodies, wrasses and cleaner shrimps. There’s a lot of detail about chemical exchange involved that, when I looked more closely, seemed rather dull… and therefore outside the remit of this blog, which includes trying to avoid ‘dull’.
Credits: All photos Melinda River, Grand Bahama Scuba Posted in Aback, Aback Wildlife, Bahamas Marine Life, Marine Life Aback, Reef Fish Aback Bahamas | Tagged Aback Reef Fish, Bahamas Reef Fish, BlackGrouperBahamas, Caribbean Reef Fish, Cleaner Fish, Cleaner Shrimp, Cleaning Gobi es, Cleaning Station, Coral Reef, Grouper at Cleaning Station, Grouper Bahamas, Marine Life Aback, Melinda River Photography, Nassau Grouper Bahamas, Tiger Grouper Bahamas, Wrasse Cleaner Fish | | The Backgrounder is a large fish of the reefs found in the western Atlantic, particularly in the waters of Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
HABITAT: Blacks of many sizes are commonly found around the edges of coral reefs, from about 30 feet of water out to the deepest drop-offs. Even big fish, however, may roam to much shallower patch reefs, especially in cooler seasons.
SIZE: The largest of our groupers, the Black frequently exceeds 50 pounds in weight and can top 100. TACKLE AND BAITS: For all-around work, ocean gear with lines of 30-pound test or higher gets the call.
One key besides a huge helping of luck is to hook the fish while drifting, instead of at anchor. The drift of the boat adds to the power of the tackle and just might help drag the big fish far enough away from his rocky “hole” that he cannot get back.
Pinkish and Pilchards are good too, as are Mullet heads and other large cut baits. Best casting lures are Deadhead jigs, weighing from 1-4 ounces, depending on depth.
Trolling over the reefs with rigged, swimming Mullet, feather-and-strip combos, and large plugs also takes many. Newman reeled in a 124.18-pound black grouper that measured 57 inches long.
Blake Schneider and her 2-year-old son Entry snagged a 160-pound doe in Simmesport, La. Calcasieu’s flounder run peaks in November, Hack Attack spinner bait is big-bass bait in November, Thunder jig helps Port Allen pro match the hatch.
The IFA maintains the World Records for all species of game fish. Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, See a full list of our Social Media accounts, Color olive or gray with rectangular black blotches and brassy spots, Bottom of properly (cheek) is gently-rounded, Second dorsal, anal and caudal fins black on outer third part of fin, Pale yellow or white margin on pectoral fins.
Speckled Hind, Gag, and Snowy Grouper all outgrow Red Snapper. With the help of our friends at IFA, we've compiled this list of Florida Fishing Records.
Just this last weekend, Ft Myers based Alex Newman was fishing the Ronald McDonald House Offshore Rodeo and Reggae Party, a charity fundraiser tournament that Alex has fished and placed in before. , Brent London of Port Allen relies on Delta Lures Thunder Jig, bladed bait, when November passing arrives.
Left to Right: Beau Hammond, Jim Lasher, Ben Floyd, and Tim Kent. Grouper boast the reputation of being the most big-shouldered battling' bottom fish in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.
Groupies, behold: This man's grouper catch is one for the record books. According to the International Game Fish Association, which collects and verifies world records worldwide, the current record for a black grouper is 124 pounds caught Jan. 11, 2003, in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas.
In this episode, we recall the Top Five Biggest Goliath Groupers ever caught on Blackish. Florida Saltwater Fishing Records Written by Noah Chain.
The International Game Fish Association says the current world record for a black grouper is 124 pounds. The average catch in Florida is around half that length, weighing between 5 and 20 pounds.
According to the International Game Fish Association, the current black grouper world record is … Copyright 1999 – 2020 Louisiana Sportsman, Inc. All rights reserved. The International Game Fish Association says the current world record for a black grouper is 124 pounds.
State Record: 113 lb 6 oz, caught near the Dry Tortugas. Goliath Grouper 680lbs caught in Ferdinand Beach in 1961 by Lynn Joyner.
Grouper boast the reputation of being the most big-shouldered battling' bottom fish in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. Adults are associated with rocky bottoms, reef, and drop off walls in water over 60 feet deep.
The Backgrounder is one of the most popular Key West game fish because it gives a hard fight and is delicious. While on a holiday trip to the Key West from her home in New Jersey, angler Braille Bennett landed a 7.25 kg (16 pound) black grouper (Mycteroperca Monaco) on November 24, 2013, that could potentially earn her the new female Junior record.
Florida Saltwater Fishing Records Written by Noah Chain. They are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning that young predominantly female who transform into males as they grow larger.
With the help of our friends at IFA, we've compiled this list of Florida Fishing Records. 620 South Meridian Street Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum.
“All of a sudden, that rod just doubles over, and I knew right from the moment I set the hook it was something huge,” Thurman said, adding he initially suspected the catch was a shark or amber jack. With an official weight of 106.3 pounds, the black grouper Thurman hauled in was 56 inches long.
Potential World Record Backgrounder Caught in Florida Outdoor Reporters 06.09.15 What started off as an uneventful fishing trip for one Bonita Springs man ended in … According to the International Game Fish Association, which collects and verifies world records worldwide, the current record for a black grouper is 124 pounds caught Jan. 11, 2003, in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas. State Record: 113 lb 6 oz, caught near the Dry Tortugas.
Check some of these hot categories: dogfish, black grouper, cobra, mutton, cuber & mangrove snapper. Goliath Grouper aside, there are several species which blow the biggest Snappers right out of the water.
For the sake of comparison, the world record gag grouper is listed at 80 pounds, 6 ounces. Alex Newman and his crew were dropping lines in the Gulf of Mexico for the 3rd Annual Offshore Rodeo Fishing Tournament, when Newman got slobber knocked by a behemoth black grouper.