We had yellowtail snapper chummed up to the surface eating extremely light 1/8-ounce Hog ball jigs tipped with shrimp or small whitebait. Just below the sharks about 100 feet down nearly two dozen large goliathgrouper hovered slightly above the structure, curiously watching the GoPro.
The problem that anglers are running into is the sharks and goliathgrouper are thriving in the Gulf. It’s not only large wrecks and springs that hold these predators that can quickly make a meal out of anything hooked.
Both are opportunistic feeders and the strain of a hooked fish rings a frenzy inducing dinner bell. If our fish got past the first wave of Goliath's, the sharks would pick off what they missed.
Often it is easier to leave than keep dealing with the copious amount of break offs caused by aggressive apex predators. Commercial fishermen have had large, 30-plus-pound grouper cut in half more frequently, putting a damper on their total catch.
Captains have also been vocal about the recent aggressiveness of sharks both inshore and off, hurting their anglers’ catches. Anglers are growing increasingly frustrated, and gone unchecked, it will not stop anytime soon.
This is the incredible moment a grouper devoured a deadly shark in a single bite off the Florida coast. Sport fishermen were reeling in the 4-foot-long predator when the gigantic fish surfaced to gobble it up whole.
The astonishing incident happened in waters off Bonita Springs last week, reports Fox 8. The appropriately named goliathgrouper, which can grow to be 8 feet long and weigh 800 pounds, was reportedly circling the black tip shark before launching into the assault.
Footage was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday and it's already been viewed nearly 3 million times. A group of fishermen watched a massive 500-pound goliathgrouper gulp a 3-foot-long shark down off the coast of Everglades City, Florida, last week.
Captain Jimmy Wheeler with Everglades Fishing Company who was witnessing the rare sight warned people to watch out as this could “freak them out.” Goliath groupers must be immediately returned to the ocean if caught on the fishing line as it is under protected category in Florida since 1990 due to its declining population, and possessing them is strictly prohibited in the state.
Goliath groupers that are typically identified by dark striped bodies and large mouths can grow up to 8 feet long and weigh about 800 pounds. In a similar incident in 2014, a giant grouper snatched up a blacktop shark in just one bite and dragged it into the ocean in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Daryl Martin, a spokesperson at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, told ABC News that groupers are opportunity feeders and eat large preys. Two fishermen were left a little rattled after a fish robbed them off their catch during a fishing trip near Bonita Springs, in the southwestern region of Florida earlier in August.
The fishermen had a camera running as they managed to capture a four-foot nurse shark, reeling in the creature alongside the boat. The video was posted to Reddit on Wednesday with a little backgrounder on the incident.
My wife inherited a condo in Marco, so we have been coming to fish and dive. At slack tide (no fishermen in the area) I dove the tower.
I was spear fishing (only enough to eat fresh).there were 5 GoliathGrouper on this wreck. But the only time I ever see this many in one spot is at the Goliath grouper aggregation in Jupiter in late summer.aside from being present, these sea monsters were aggressive.
I shot a sheep head, went to the bottom to string him, and was literally surrounded by these fish. The largest one kept “bumping” his tail making a deep “thump” that you can feel in your bones.
How are these giants not starving?when hook and line fishing do you have to plan to be robbed? Divers love to see these mammoth fish; underwater hunters denounce them as competitors, or covet them as outsized trophies; fishermen are just itching for a policy change that allows harvest; and regulatory bodies seem constantly poised to rescind long-term protection in favor of short-term exploitation.
But when cooler heads prevail, the facts emerge and paint a picture of a species that has come back from the brink in the U.S. state of Florida but is still very much in need of our protection. Contributed by As the summer reaches its zenith, so begins a spectacle that divers and underwater photographers will not find anywhere else on the planet except here in Florida.
Spawning season here in Florida for the Atlantic Goliath groupers is nearly two months long, beginning around mid-August through to the end of September, or the first of October. Nor have I seen one as large as the 680-pound (308 kg) IFA (International Game fish Association) all tackle record grouper that was caught by sport fisherman off Fernanda Beach, Florida, back in 1961.
The most favorable location for encountering these giants happens between two natural and four artificial reef sites along Florida’s Palm Beach County Coast. From mid August to the end of September/early October, these six key sites play host to the only goliathgrouper spawning aggregations known to take place off Florida’s east coast.
More recent studies have found, following tagged fish, some distances traveled to reach one specific spawning aggregation site have been recorded greater than 300 miles (483 km). Having followed these fish since the first spawning aggregation reappeared after a three-decade-long hiatus on a local site off Jupiter called the Hole-in-the-Wall back in 2001, I can pretty well describe the process by which it typically takes place.
In a short span of a week or two, a similar number, comprised 50 to 60 fish have descended on a second set of wrecks, Micah and Danny, a few miles south off West Palm Beach. By early September, another wreck further south off Boynton Beach named the Castor completes the scene with the arrival of another 50 to 60 individuals.
It just so happens that in addition to Boynton Beach being Florida’s east coast most southern spawning site, water temps were less affected by the upwelling’s. By the time these protective measures were fully enacted in 1990, there were so few large Goliath left it would be some eight years (1998) before the first documented spawning aggregation would reappear in the southern Gulf of Mexico.
And another three years (August 2001) before the first spawning aggregation comprised of 27 fish off Jupiter, Florida, would be seen again for the first time on the east coast in nearly three decades. But appearances can be deceiving, as a major portion of the entire regional population taking part in this ritual behavior is represented between this one zone off Florida’s east coast and a key number of sites in the southern Gulf of Mexico.
While our own management measures may have stopped the progression of the U.S. population of goliathgrouper toward extinction, relentless fishing pressure elsewhere in their range alerted the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to list goliathgrouper as “critically endangered.” The same year the fish was placed under its new protected status, the job of monitoring the recovery of this species was put into the hands of scientists at both the National Marine Fisheries Service (NFS) and Florida State University (FSU). FSU’s Research Ecologist, Dr Chris Koenig, and his colleagues, began a detailed study of the fish’s natural history.
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Usually Grouper fish can easily grow up to 8 feet long and in this case it looked like the Atlantic Goliath is on a war with the sharks, maybe the sharks are watching this video right now and planning to revenge the attack on their reputation as Sea's undisputed predators. Dan-larson These guides have a couple of episodes where they are catching the GoliathGrouper, this one is probably the best I have seen so far.
I broke off on a grouper earlier in December with 50# line. You can visit the charter captains sight at http://www.sanitariumcharters.net Since moving to Florida about 8 months ago I have had little FIX.
I still own a cabin in the Pepin county area of Wisconsin and will be on the river again this July chasing Walleye. Mike W Even the 30# groupers put on a butt woo pin.
Make sure and dive us a report from your trip lucky. Grouper is similar in flavor to bass and halibut: very mild, but firm enough to cook in a grill pan.
Since grouper fillets can be pricier, we highlight this fresh fish by preparing it with simple ingredients like butter beans, jicama, cucumber and collard greens. Try Jacques Pepin’s recipe, served with black bean sauce and simmered vegetables, or our Asian-inspired version, which features a soy-mustard dressing and a crispy pan-fried fillet.
He likes serving the grouper with a quick and punchy citrus sauce and a briny “martini” relish made with olives. For his take on the sandwich, he tops the crispy fish with a tangy relish and a drippy ranch-style sauce studded with charred jalapeños.
A simple salad of julienne cucumbers and carrots tossed with a soy-mustard dressing makes this light fish dish incredibly vibrant. The grouper represents the coast, while the creamy butter beans, tomato and dill exemplify the seasonal bounty.
This dish was inspired by the delicious local grouper Jacques Pepin picks up at the beach when the fishermen return with their catch. Here, the skinned fillets are steamed over a bed of simmering local vegetables, including a die of juicy jicama, which Jacques usually adds raw to salads for a cool crunch.