“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. Ian Bubble with Down the Bayou Charters lifting the giant grouper. Buzbee said the catch came in the middle of the trip.
Thurman said during the fight, he had a rush of adrenaline, but he still almost gave the rod to someone else to finish the job until he looked down again. “About 15 feet from the boat it rolled over, and I knew it was a grouper because of the large mouth and huge paddle tail.
As soon as the grouper was brought aboard the boat, Thurman said Bubble radioed another captain and crew a few miles away and told them a state record had been broken. Cole Thurman (center) and his fishing buddies with the 106.3-pound black grouper. Joey Macias with Down the Bayou Charters said the catch was unique and rare.
“Anything that doubles the previous state record is damn cool.” Thurman said the entire experience proved to be memorable, including the trip to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries office in Borg to certify the catch.
Adults are associated with rocky bottoms, reef, and drop off walls in water over 60 feet deep. 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. BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. -- A Florida man may have just set a new world record while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. Alex Newman took part in the annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Rodeo Fishing Tournament this past weekend, the News Press reports.
On top of the massive weight, the fish was 57 inches long with a 48-inch girth. The International Game Fish Association says the current world record for a black grouper is 124 pounds.
That fish was caught by Tim Ostrich in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas back in 2003. “Right now, Texas holds the world record, so it'd be good to put Fort Myers on the map,” he told WBAL-TV.
A Florida man has caught a huge black grouper that could break the world record set 12 years ago off the Texas coast. Alex Newman of Bonita Springs caught a grouper weighing 124.18 pounds on Saturday during a charity tournament in Fort Myers, according to the News Press.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Newman had not submitted an application to have his catch recorded by the International Game Fish Association based in Dania Beach, Fla., according to the group's world records' coordinator. The coordinator, Jack Vivek, said by email that once the application is received, it will take at least two months to process.
The previous record holder weighed 124 pounds and was caught Jan. 11, 2003, in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, by Tim Overstretch, according to the game fish association, the News Press reported. Show MoreS how Less 2of29Check out some of the biggest fish to be recently pulled out of Texas waters.TWD Show MoreS how Less 3of29Shannon Ellington caught this 15.18 pound bass as part of the Sharpener Program on March 7, 2015, in Lake Ray Roberts. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Show MoreS how Less 4of29Wayne Trina caught this 13.05 pound bass as part of the Sharpener Program on March 7, 2015, in Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Show MoreS how Less 5of29Darrell Tompkins caught this 14.32 pound bass as part of the Sharpener Program on March 7, 2015, in Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Show MoreS how Less 6of29Aden and Chandler Elliott with their 45 pound catch hauled out of Galveston Bay on Thanksgiving Day 2013.
Carol got started in journalism while teaching English in Poland during martial law. 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.
This particular species of grouper is considered endangered today and protected in the United States and Caribbean. Courtesy IFA / IFA.org. U.S. wild-caught black grouper is a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulations.
Fishing gears used to harvest black grouper have minimal impacts on habitat. The groupers complex is not subject to overfishing based on 2019 catch data.
They are particularly associated with the southern Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys, Cuba, the Bahamas, and throughout the Caribbean. Annual catch limits are used for black grouper in the commercial and recreational fisheries.
These fisheries are closed when their annual catch limit is projected to be met. Both the commercial and recreational fisheries have size limits to reduce harvest of immature black grouper.
Year-round and/or seasonal area closures for commercial and recreational sectors to protect spawning groupers. Groupers are managed separately by commercial and recreational sector in Puerto Rico.
Seasonal closure for black, red, tiger, yellow fin, and yellow edge groupers from February 1 through April 30. Reading Time: 7minutesGroupers are some of Florida’s most iconic fish species.
From monster Goliath's to delicious Scamps, these big bottom-dwellers are a favorite on most Floridian fishing trips. One of the largest species of Grouper in the Atlantic, Backgrounder are loved by commercial crews and recreational anglers alike.
The average catch in Florida is around half that length, weighing between 5 and 20 pounds. Backgrounder live around rocky bottoms and reefs on both sides of the Sunshine State.
They spend their summers spawning in much shallower seas, though, as little as 30 feet deep. Commonly known as “Grey Grouper,” these guys are a staple of reef fishing trips around the Gulf and up the Atlantic.
They don’t grow as big as Backgrounder, usually maxing out somewhere around 50 pounds. However, younger Gags can be found in estuaries and even seagrass beds, so don’t be surprised if you hook one while you’re on the hunt for Redfish and other inshore species.
Bigger fish hunt around muddy and rocky coastal waters. Young Goliath's will head right into estuaries and look for food around oyster bars.
Their huge size and fearless curiosity made them an easy target, and they were overfished almost to extinction in the late 20th century. Luckily, Goliath Grouper are strictly protected these days, and you can only fish for them on a catch-and-release basis.
From teaming up with other predators to catch their dinner to reportedly fanning bait out of traps for an easy snack, they’re far brighter than most people give them credit for. Sadly, this intelligence comes with the same natural curiosity that put Goliath Grouper in hot water.
Nassau Grouper are critically endangered, and their numbers are still falling. If you come across one, count yourself lucky for the chance to meet it and make sure it swims off unharmed.
Nothing says “reef fishing in Florida” like a boastful of big, tasty Red Grouper. These deep-water hunters are the reason people bother to go offshore when there are so many fish in the shallows.
The average Red Grouper weighs somewhere in the 5–10 lb range, and anything over 2 feet long is a rare catch. You won’t come across them in much less than 100 feet of water, and you can easily find them in three or four times that depth.
They also grow much bigger than Scamp, meaning you’re in for a real feast if you catch one. They’re one of the easiest deep-water fish to identify, even though catching one is pretty rare.
NOAA has declared Speckled Hind a Species of Concern, mainly because they have so little data on them. If Goliath Grouper are the kings of the shallows, these guys dominate the deep.
Add in the fact that they live several hundred feet down, where all fish taste great, and they become the dream catch of many deep dropping enthusiasts. The change in water pressure is enough to kill them, especially when they fight and struggle on their way up.
Their dappled, red body and bright yellow fins provide camouflage around the deep, rocky structure that they hunt around. Yellow fin’s scientific name, Mycteroperca Vanessa, roughly translates to “Poisonous Grouper.” This is because they tend to have very high levels of ciguatoxin.
They’re slightly smaller than Scamp on average, but many anglers say that they taste just as good. Yellow mouth Grouper are uncommon in the Gulf of Mexico, but you can bag yourself a colorful feast all along Florida’s Atlantic Coast.