Screen grabs courtesy of BlacktipH's Instagram videoVideo showing a leviathan-sized fish grabbing a quick bite to eat off the Florida coast while sending a startled angler into a hysterical frenzy has emerged. Oh my gosh!” Jorgensen exclaims, before cracking up with laughter as the monster fish disappears as suddenly as it had popped to the surface.
In 2018, Florida wildlife commissioners “refused to lift a nearly two-decade ban on harvesting the fish, citing continued uncertainty about the remaining numbers and bowing to the demands of divers and scientists, who packed a meeting and led an online petition that drew nearly 60,000 signatures,” the Herald reported. TJ Macias is a Real-Time national sports reporter for McCarthy based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth Retroflex.
Watch Blackish set the hook in a GIANT GoliathGrouper ! The goliathgrouper inhabits tropical and subtropical waters and can be found in the eastern Pacific, western Atlantic, and eastern Atlantic Ocean from Florida to Brazil, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico in shallow reefs at depths from 15 feet to 150 feet.
Adults have small spots on the fins, body and head and are typically olive, gray or brownish yellow in color. Goliath groupers are opportunistic ambush predators that feed on a variety of food items.
This grouper primarily feeds on crustaceans (crabs, shrimp and spiny lobster). Other prey items include octopus, juvenile sea turtles, gastropods, and a variety of fish such as hard head catfish, stingray and parrot fish.
The fish take several years to reach sexual maturity due to the slow growth rate. Males are considered sexually mature when they have reached a total length of 45.5 inches and are over seven years of age.
Females are considered sexually mature when they reach a total length of 48.2 inches and are over six years of age. Spawning season varies from June to October depending on location.
In the Gulf of Mexico spawning occurs during a full moon in July through September. Research has shown slow-growing, long-lived, fish which aggregate in specific spawning sites are vulnerable to overfishing.
Recently, during a fishing outing offshore of the Treasure Coast, New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard took a turn on the rod and reel. The Goliath pulled drag, and Syndergaard answered by retrieving line back onto the reel.
Rhyme, Lugo and Bachelor caught and released big bull sharks and another Goliath grouper. Twitter.com/Instagram.com Show MoreS how Less 2of29Wilson Chandler, of the Denver Nuggets, reeled in a 350-pound Goliath grouper on August 20 according to Twitter and Instagram posts.
Twitter.com/Instagram.com Show MoreS how Less 3of29Wilson Chandler, of the Denver Nuggets, reeled in a 350-pound Goliath grouper on August 20 according to Twitter and Instagram posts. Courtesy photo/Facebook Show MoreS how Less 6of29Dino Ferrari caught a giant 280-pound big well catfish in the Po River.
Show MoreS how Less 12of29A fisherman found this piranha inside Lake Bentonville, where it's illegal to dump a fish of this nature. The blue fin tuna caught off northeastern Japan fetched a record 56.49 million yen, or about $736,000, in the first auction of the year at the fish market.
The tuna was caught off OMA in Armor prefecture and just north of the coast that was battered by the March 11 tsunami.AP Show MoreS how Less 15of29Johnny D. Anderson caught a record blue catfish, weighing 63.5 pounds and measuring 4 feet and 5 inches, during a typical fishing day at a pier off Lake Pat Cliburn in Cliburn, about 30 miles south of Fort Worth. Courtesy/Cliburn Times-Review Show MoreS how Less 16of29Johnny D. Anderson caught a record blue catfish, weighing 63.5 pounds and measuring 4 feet and 5 inches, during a typical fishing day at a pier off Lake Pat Cliburn in Cliburn, about 30 miles south of Fort Worth. Courtesy/Cliburn Times-Review Show MoreS how Less 17of29Lake Fork's production of huge large mouth bass, such as this 15.5-pounder, is unequaled in Texas and, arguably, the nation.
File Show MoreS how Less 18of29Jeff Thomason landed the huge fish, which weighed 809.5 pounds and stretched 11 feet, off the coast of Huntington Beach, California. Courtesy, Kevin Deer man Show MoreS how Less 20of29Legacy Fishing Team reeled in a record-setting blue marlin on July 11, 2014.
Courtesy, Kevin Deer man Show MoreS how Less 21of29Texas record for swordfish is 493 pounds, caught by Brian K. Barclay in Gulf of Mexico June 4, 2013.courtesy, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Show MoreS how Less 22of29Texas record for Marbled Grouper is 37.60 pounds, caught by Shawn T. AHL in Gulf of Mexico Oct 22, 2012.courtesy, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Show MoreS how Less 23of29Joey Beaver, of Victoria, broke the state record for Red Snapper caught in saltwater with a catch of 40-pounds and 38.75 inches on June 1, 2014. Blackish, a Sunshine State-based fishing website, tweeted a photo of Denver Nugget Wilson Chandler reeling in a “huge” Goliath grouper.
But Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler had other ideas this weekend, when he hooked into a 350-pound grouper while fishing in Florida with Blackish and Captain Ben Chance. The 'Jewish' is totally protected from harvest in Florida waters and it is illegal to gaff or harm the fish.
Chandler, 29, has averaged 13.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in eight NBA seasons for the Nuggets and New York Knicks.