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.
“Adult gag grouper live in nearshore waters from coastal North Carolina south to Brazil and as well as in the Gulf of Mexico. Smaller gag are a lot of lighter in coloring, and have numerous dark brown, or charcoal, kiss-like marks along their sides.
“Adult gag grouper, live over on top of low- and high-profile hard bottom such as reefs or shipwrecks in waters between 60-250 feet deep,” said McLean Seward, fisheries biologist with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries. “Young gag grouper will live in oyster reefs, estuaries and seagrass beds from Massachusetts to Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The coloration of red grouper helps to distinguish this species from gag with its head and body being dark reddish brown, shading pink or reddish or even pale pink along the lower part of its body,” Nash said. “In North Carolina, gag will typically spawn in February and have clear larvae, which then make their way into estuaries.
As water temperatures start to go down in the fall, juvenile gag will migrate from estuaries to offshore hard bottom habitat and larger members of their species,” said Seward. Seward noted that all grouper are considered protogynous intersex, “that is they start their lives as females, and a part of the population will morph, or make the change, to males as they get older.
Females start to reach sexual maturity when they are about 24 inches in total length and about 3 years old. They are voracious predators, and will feed on whatever they can capture including scad, snapper, grunt, sardines, crabs, porgies, shrimp and squid, said Seward.
Red grouper sitting on sand habitat 45 degrees to camera full body view mouth open. In addition to their color, redgroupercan be distinguished from gag by the sloped, straight line of their spiny dorsal fin.
“The red grouper is also a protogynous intersex and females are sexually mature by the time they reach 4 years old,” Seward said. Females typically will let go an average of 1.5 million pelagic eggs that stay at the surface for between 30-40 days before finally settling down to the bottom.
“ Red grouper may live to be as old as 25 years of age, with older specimens reaching a size of 32.5 inches and up to 25 pounds. They will feed on lobster, shrimp, octopus, crabs and fish that are found close to their preferred reef habitat,” Seward said.
Bottom fishing is the best way to catch gag grouper, using live bait, including squid and cigar minnows. Use a depth finder to find deep-water rock ledges, artificial reefs and shipwrecks, a gag grouper ’s favorite hiding place.
Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use hooking tools when fishing for the snapper grouper species. “This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed and sold before the annual catch limit is reached and held in cold storage by a dealer,” said North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Executive Assistant to Councils Steve Poland, who is also a representative with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
Charter and head boat and commercial snapper grouper vessels must have National Marine Fisheries Service-approved sea turtle release gear and adhere to small tooth saw fish release protocol, Poland added. While populations of gag grouper have remained healthy, a 10-year effort to rebuild the red grouper stock has failed, leading to new, stricter rules and regulations taking effect this year.
Therefore, on Sept. 27, 2017, NFS sent a letter to the council stating that the South Atlantic red grouper stock was not making adequate progress toward rebuilding. So, NFS took steps in 2018 to immediately end overfishing of red grouper by reducing the total commercial and recreational annual catch limits, based on the acceptable biological catch recommendation from the council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee.
“For red grouper, this final rule extends the closure season formerly from January to April, to January through May of each year for the next ten years for the commercial and recreational portions off North and South Carolina, and establishes a commercial trip limit,” said Poland. This final rule establishes a commercial trip limit for red grouper harvested in the South Atlantic EEA of 200 pounds, gutted weight.
The trip limit is expected to help rebuild the red grouper stock by discouraging directed commercial fishing for the species, although it is not likely to substantially reduce the current level of commercial harvest of red grouper, according to the National Register. “The council selected a commercial trip limit that in combination with extending the spawning season cloture for red grouper off North Carolina and South Carolina would help keep down harvest numbers to help rebuild the stock,” Poland said.
Regrouped are plentiful on shallow reefs on both the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. As always “DearMeatForDinner” puts together a great production on how to fillet a fish.
One of the key things to take not of is how he removes the groupers cheeks. * Also remember the sharper your knife the easier it is going to be filleted your fish.
This is one of the best meats inside a grouper, so we decided to share this recipe with you first. This video posted by “cooking guide” shows you how to make Regrouped W/ A Parmesan Crust.
Butter Chives Italian Parsley Roasted Garlic Cloves Pasco Bread Crumbs Lemon Extra Virgin Olive Oil Parmesan Cheese Sea Salt Black Pepper Since red grouper is a smaller grouper, it has some excellent white meat.
Old Bay Seasoning Olive Oil Lime Parsley How To Make Oven Roasted Regrouped This video posted by “cooking guide” shows you how to make some gourmet oven roasted Regrouped.
Two Fillets Of Grouper Salt Pepper Garlic Thyme Lemon Butter Arugula How To Make Thai Style Regrouped : This is a great recipe posted by “LearnToCook”.
Place stick-cut carrot and celery on bottom half of foil. Pour 1 T coconut milk/curry paste mixture over fish and add minced ginger and garlic.4.
We hope you enjoyed our article on cooking red grouper at will eventually try at least a few of these recipes! This article was part of a series of articles on how to cook your catch, and part of a bigger goal that Bull buster has to help you spend more time fishing.
We have posted recipes in this article series that have been around in a fishing family for over three generations, we hope that we can keep these traditions alive as part of our mission to help you spend more time fishing. Learn how to fillet your shook and make some awesome food with it.
Sliding sinker rig with 6-foot mono leader, ready to drop sardine, pinkish or other bait. “Sometimes it’s hard to grouper fish with Mali swimming around your boat, but our stretch of offshore reefs can give up some really quality gags and scamps this time of year, particularly on spots deeper than 120 feet,” he said.
The rig consists of an egg sinker sliding on an 18-inch piece of 100-pound mono between two swivels. A 6-foot piece of 100-pound mono leads to a circle hook, with the size depending on the bait.
Keep the sinker pinned against the bottom swivel and at the first sign of panic in the bait, let him swim away from the weight unencumbered. Johnson says he’d always prefer to hook his live spots, grunts, and pinkish behind the anal fin, but cautions that you have to consider the current.
Groupers are a species of fish that belong to the Epinephrine subfamily of the family Serranidae. As telecasts, all types of grouper have a stout body and a large mouth and are weak swimmers.
If you are casting in the shallows, use jerk bait and retrieve it erratically to lure the fish out in the open. You will need heavy tackle, especially if there are a lot of rocks under the water where you are fishing and a braided line that can withstand the powerful pull of a caught grouper.
If you are using spinning tackle, make sure that the reel is heavy enough to withstand an 80 to 100-pound test mainline and a low gear ratio to give you more control. This tackle will come in handy when the panicking grouper fish tries to swim under a ledge to break the line.
For live bait, use pinkish, grunts, blue runner, sardines, and mullet. Bridled bait will set in nicely in the mouth of a giant grouper.
Ready in just over 20 minutes, this healthy, low-carb baked fish recipe is perfect for any night of the week. Whenever I'm out at my local grocery store, I make a point of stopping at the fish counter to chat up my fishmonger friend.
Last time, I happened upon some beautiful looking grouper fillets and my mind immediately went to something quick and fuss-free like a baked fish dinner. This baked grouper recipe gets its bold Mediterranean kick from a few spices and a combination of favorites: fresh garlic, tomatoes, olives, lemon juice, and extra virgin olive oil.
Some good options, as I mentioned earlier: red snapper fillets, cod, halibut, haddock, or sea bass. Here, we give it a quick coating in some Mediterranean spices including cumin, oregano, and paprika for color and depth.
More Mediterranean Flavor Makers: in addition to the spice mixture, we add in fresh minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, and excellent extra virgin olive oil. This trio is essential to creating the bright and bold Mediterranean flare to this recipe.
The olives here contribute a distinctive rich, salty, slightly tangy flavor--a bit of Greek twist. I love using dill here; it's grassy with a bit of anise-like licorice flavor works well with fish.
Pat fish fillets dry and season on both sides with kosher salt. Prepare the spice mixture of cumin, oregano and paprika in a small bowl, then season the fish well on both sides.
Bake for about 12 to 13 minutes or until the fish turns opaque and flakes easily using a fork. TIP: You've heard me say this earlier, no one likes dry fish so avoid overcooking your grouper.
Easy baked grouper recipe, prepared Mediterranean-style with a few spices and bold fresh flavors, including garlic, lemon juice, tomatoes and olives. Ready in just over 20 minutes, this healthy, low-carb baked fish recipe is perfect for any night of the week.
Scale1x2×3x 1 ½ lb grouper fillet (or a similar fish) kosher salt 1 tbsp dry oregano 1 to 1 ½ tsp ground cumin 1 tsp sweet paprika ½ tsp black pepper 4 large garlic cloves, minced Juice of 1 large lemon, more for later Extra virgin olive oil (I used Early Harvest Greek extra virgin olive oil) 6 to 8 oz cherry tomatoes, halved 6 to 8 pitted Kawabata olives, sliced Chopped fresh dill (about ¼ oz or so) Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Pat the fish dry and season with salt on both sides.
Bake in heated oven for 12 to 13 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and easily flakes with a fork. Adjust cooking time as needed and use an instant read thermometer (per tip above) to determine when your fish is ready.
And when you do go, these 7 tips will help you know where to go, what gear to bring, and the know-how to catch big grouper. Grouper are found in abundance in the Gulf of Mexico, along the Atlantic Coast, and throughout the Caribbean, providing anglers with a wealth of opportunities to catch one of the tastiest fish in the sea.
In the summer, as nearshore water temperatures rise, grouper relocate to deeper dwellings offshore. Shipwrecks, oil rigs, and offshore reefs are where you'll want to focus your efforts when fishing for grouper in the summer.
They are classic ambush predators, spending most of their time holed up in heavy structure waiting for smaller fish to swim by. To have the most success when fishing for grouper, your boat electronics need to be powerful enough to key into the structure you seek.
Shipwrecks are the most notorious grouper hideouts, and fishing these tangled-up messes of debris requires accurate depth readings, patience, and the understanding that you'll probably lose some tackle. To catch big, heavy, powerful fish, your gear better be up to the task.
There are times when artificial lures work great for catching grouper, but you'll have more success if you show up prepared with the freshest live bait you can find. Goggle-eyes, pilchards, blue runners, and grunts all make excellent live bait for grouper.
Try to bring as many varieties of bait as you can so you can zero in on what the grouper are biting that day. Grouper spend most of their time on the bottom, so that's where you'll want to send your baited hook.
Vertical jigging with live bait is a very popular technique for catching big grouper, simply because it works. A struggling bait fish bouncing up and down at the bottom of a shipwreck is irresistible to an opportunistic grouper.
Slide the hook point underneath the twisted rubber band. No matter what kind of rig you're using to catch grouper, you'll have the most success with circle hooks.
How you handle the first few seconds of a grouper fight often determines whether you land the fish or get cut off by structure. When a grouper takes your bait, as soon as it feels the pressure of your line, it will run straight back to the safety of structure as fast as possible.
And if you hook into a huge fish, it'll do whatever it pleases unless you take charge of the fight. Load up your conventional reels with heavy line, bridle rig your live baits, and don't forget to use circle hooks.