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.
The red grouper has a body with a standard length which is 2.6 to 3 times as long as it is deep. The properly is subangular with the serrations at its angle being slightly enlarged and the upper edge of the gill cover is straight.
The They are dark reddish brown on the upper part of the head and body, shading to paler pink on the underparts, they are marked with lighter spots and blotches across their body and there are darker margins to the fins. This species has a maximum published total length of 125 centimeters (49 in), although they a more commonly found at lengths around 50 centimeters (20 in), and a maximum published weight of 23 kilograms (51 lb).
The redgrouper's typical range is coastal areas in the western Atlantic, stretching from southern Brazil to North Carolina in the US and including the Gulf of Mexico and Bermuda. The red grouper is a reversal, largely sedentary species which has an extended (~40 day) pelagic larval stage before it settles in shallow coastal hard bottom habitat as juveniles.
While primarily eating benthic invertebrates, the red grouper is an opportunistic feeder in the reef community. The diet commonly includes mantid and portend crabs, juvenile spiny lobster, and snapping shrimp, with the occasional fish.
The red grouper is of moderate size, about 125 cm and weighs 23 kg or more. When aggravated (they are highly territorial) or involved in spawning activities, these fish can very rapidly change coloration patterns, with the head or other parts of the body turning completely white, and the white spots appearing more intense.
Red grouper (Epimetheus Mario) on an excavated site on Pulley Ridges on the West Florida Shelf Red grouper actively excavate pits in the seafloor. They start digging in the sediment from the time they settle out of the plankton and continue throughout their lifetime.
They use their caudal fin and their mouths to remove debris and sediment from rocks, creating exposed surfaces on which sessile organisms actively settle (e.g., sponges, soft corals, algae). The exposure of structure also attracts a myriad of other species, including mobile invertebrates and a remarkable diversity of other fishes, from bodies and butterfly fish to grunts and snapper.
The lionfish Steroid Holsteins started invading red grouper habitat by 2008, from Florida Bay to the Florida Keys and offshore to Pulley Ridge, a despotic coral reef on the West Florida Shelf west of the Dry Tortugas. Known for being extremely capable predators on small reef fish, scientists are very interested in determining the extent to which their invasion changes the functional dynamics of associated communities.
“Helming parasites of Epimetheus Mario (Pisces: Serranidae) of the Yucatán Peninsula, southeastern Mexico” (PDF). ^ Scholar, W. N.; Cricket, R. & van der Loan, R.
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. There is not a time limit for applying for N.C. state salt water fishing records.
“Once I saw where the concentration of fish was, I swung back and anchored to set us up over them. “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. John lifted him in the boat we could see he had a hook with a short piece of line in his jaw, Dean said.
This was the grouper that had broken off just a few minutes earlier and it was still feeding, even with the circle hook in its jaw.” 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. Overall light or rusty red with whitish spots and large blotches.
No black mark on caudal peduncle fleshy area between tail and posterior dorsal fin. Although Reds will “hole up” like other Groupers, many are hooked on light and fairly light tackle in areas where cover is well scattered, and this gives them the chance to demonstrate their toughness to best advantage.
TACKLE AND BAITS: The standard tackle is a boat outfit with 40-pound line or more, but heavy spinning and bait casting tackle with 15- or 20-pound line can easily do the job in water less than 100 feet deep. Reds will hit all the baits and lures recommended for Gag and other Groupers, but they are also very fond of crustacean baits, particularly shrimp and crab.
They are ready strikers on Deadhead jigs, fished with light tackle. HABITAT: Widely distributed from close inshore in many areas of Florida to ledges and wrecks in up to 300 or so feet of water.
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.
We also came across a few tuna, yellowtail snapper and big red grouper as well before heading in to beat the storms. If that’s any indication of the bite in deeper water, I expect to see some awesome fish weighed in.
R.H. Martin Bass, striped (saltwater)Moroni saxatilis43 lb 9 oz Indian River Jan. 15, 2002Anthony DE FosterDolphinfishCoryphaena hippurus81 lb 0 ozLantanaJune 9, 2007Robert Vanadium, blackPogonias cromis96 lbFernandina Beach April 12, 2001James E. CartwrightDrum, red Sciences ocellatus52 lb 5 ozCocoaFeb.
23, 1983Larenza W. Munging Grouper, blackMycteroperca bonaci113 lb 6 dry TortugasJan. 28, 2007Nicholas F. Greece Grouper, red Epimetheus morio42 lb 4 oust.
22, 1985Steve Hauler Grouper, yellowfinMycteroperca venenosa34 lb 6 oz Key Largo Dec. 21, 1994Russell George PerryHogfishLachnolaimus maximus19 lb 8 Daytona Beach Apr.
28, 1962Robert E. BatsonJack, almacoSeriola rivolianaVacantJack, Barbara ruber7 lb 12 ozMiamiDec. 18, 1999Martin ArosteguiJack, crevalleCaranx hippos57 lbJupiterMay 18, 1993Gerald John WashburnJack, horse-eyeCaranx latus25 lb 12 palm Beach Oct.
31, 1997David LeavittJack, yellowCaranx bartholomaeiVacantLadyfishElops saurus6 lb 4 cocoa Beach Aug. Michael MillsMackerel, kingScomberomorus cavalla90 lb Key West Feb.
6, 2011Hector VasalloMarlin, blueMakaira nigricans1046 lb Panama City July 14, 2001Conrad E. Hawkins Marlin, whiteKajikia albida161 lb Miami Beach Mar. LauderdaleJune 30, 1997Thomas SebestyenPompano, AfricanAlectis ciliaris50 lb 8 Daytona Beach Apr.
16, 1999Barry HustonRunner, blueCaranx crysos8 lb 5 ozPensacolaJune 16, 1995Kevin SiverlyRunner, rainbowElagatis bipinnulata23 lbBoynton Beach Sept. 28, 2003Alan RichbellSailfish, AtlanticIstiophorus platypterus126 big Pine Key June 13, 2009Larry MaierScampMycteroperca phenax28 lb 6 ozMayportApril 3, 2002Braden Douglas PursellSeatrout, spottedCynoscion nebulosus17 lb 7 oft.
29, 1987Darlene Reembark, bullCarcharhinus leucas517 lb Panama City Beach October, 1981Gregory K. BurnettShark, duskyCarcharhinus obscurus764 longboat Kama 28, 1982Warren Wireshark, hammerheadSphyrna SPP.1060 Lubbock Grandma 5, 2009Capt. 15, 1984James Walsh, tigerGaleocerdo cuvier1,065 lbPensacolaJune 20, 1981Richard BaggsShark, whiteCarcharodon carcharias686 lb Key West Apr.
29, 1981Eugene LechlerSnapper, cuberaLutjanus cyanopterus116 lbClearwaterJuly 26, 1979Billy GrahamS napper, grayLutjanus griseus17 lb Port Canaveral June 14, 1992Steve MaddoxSnapper, laneLutjanus synagris6 lb 6 ozPensacolaApr. 1, 1985Lane Nichols Snapper, vermilion Rhomboplites aurorubensVacantSnapper, yellowtailOcyurus chrysurus8 lb 9 oft.
18, 1957Jerry Millstone, blackfinThunnus atlanticus45 lb 8 oz Key West May 4, 1996Sam J. BurnettTuna, bluefinThunnus thynnusVacantTuna, skipjackEuthynnus pelamis33 lb 8 ozIslamoradaJuly 21, 1998Frank DigiovanniTuna, yellowfinThunnus albacares240 lb Key West Dec. 5, 2002Michael DelphTunny, littleEuthynnus alletteratus27 lb Key Largo April 20, 1976William E. AllisonWahooAcanthocybium solandri139 lbMarathonMay 18, 1960George On HoffmanWeakfishCynoscion regalis10 lb Port Canaveral Dec.
-- While scores of the red snapper populations flowed in during the 10th annual Mystic Stripes Rodeo, the biggest oohs and AHS Sunday were saved for the huge grouper brought in by Tyler Kennedy of Mobile. Fishing aboard the Khazar, in 300-plus feet of water, Kennedy caught the fish on a butterflied yoga 65 miles due south in the gulf on natural bottom.
“Once I landed the fish, I glanced at my uncle, Jonathan Graham. Graham folds the current record for yellow edge grouper at 46.50 pounds.
“After a minute or two, his face broke out in a big smile, and he told me that he was glad the record would remain in the family,” Kennedy said. Even though neither catch was in a Stripes Rodeo categories, the fact that one angler could set two records in one day is astounding.
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.
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.
1of29This 124-pound world record black grouper was caught in 2003 off Texas in the Gulf of Mexico. 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. SPECIEWEIGHTLOCATIONDATE ANGLERAmberjack, Greater Serious numerals 142 lbIslamorada02-03-79W.
K. Woodblock Sea Bass Centropristis striata 5 lb 1 oz Panama City07-21-58R. S. JaradiCatfish, Gaff topsail Bare Marines 8 lb 14 ozTitusville09-21-96L.
E. CartwrightDrum, Red Sciences cellars 52 lb 5 cocoa Beach02-24-96G. W. MunginGrouper, Black Mycteroperca Monaco 113 lb 6 older Tortugas01-27-90D.
JoynerGrouper, Nassau Epimetheus stratus 9 lb 0 oz Marathon Key11-16-84B. EdwardGrouper, Red Epimetheus Mario 42 lb 4 oust.
Wiseman Grouper, Warsaw Epimetheus nitrites 436 lb 12 ozDestin12-22-85S. HaeuslerGrouper, Yellow fin Mycteroperca Vanessa 34 lb 6 oz Key Largo12-07-88R.
E. Attack, Almach Serious civilian Vacant Jack, Bar Carey hippos 7 lb 12 ozMiami12-18-99M. LeavittJack, Yellow Carey Bartholomew VacantLadyfish Flops Taurus 6 lb 4 cocoa Beach08-02-05L.
ElliottMackerel, Hero Scomberomorus regalia 17 lb 2oz Islamorada04-05-86G. M. MillsMackerel, King Scomberomorus cavalry 90 lb Key West02-16-76 N.
NapieralMargate, White Hamilton album 19 lb 8 dry Tortugas02-06-11H. SebestyanPompano, African Elects pillars 50 lb 8 Daytona Beach04-21-90T.
SargentPompano, Florida Trichinosis Carolina 8 lb 4 oz Port St. Joe10-16-99B. HustonRunner, Rainbow Delegates bipinnulata 23 lbBoynton Beach09-28-03A.
RichbellSailfish, Atlantic Istiophorus platters 126 big Pine Key06-13-09L. D. PursellSeatrout, Spotted Cynoscion nebulous 17 lb 7 oft.
Reembark, Bull Carcharhinus Lucas 517 lb Panama City Beach10-81G. K. BurS hark, Dusky Carcharhinus obscures 764 longboat Key05-28-82B.
CohenShark, Spinner Carcharhinus brevipinna 190 flagger Beach04-03-86G. BaggsShark, White Carcharodon Zachariah 686 lb Key West04-30-88R.
MaddoxSnapper, Lane Mutants synaptic 6 lb 6 ozPensacola04-18-91K. JonesSnapper, Mutton Mutants anal is 30 lb 4 dry Tortugas09-29-98R.
NicholsSnapper, Vermilion Rhomboplites aurorubens VacantSnapper, Yellowtail Occurs chrysalis 8 lb 9 oft. DamianoSwordfish Mafias ladies 612 lb 12 oz Key Largo05-7-78S.
D. Lewiston, Big eye Tungus Jesus 167 lb Miami Beach01-18-57J. J. BurnettTuna, Blue fin Tungus thymus VacantTuna, Skip jack Euthenics pelvis 33 lb 8 ozIslamorada07-21-88R.