GoliathGrouper have made a major comeback over recent years after being completely decimated by commercial pressure in the 70s and 80s. Goliath's can reach weights over 600lbs and love to engulf anything they can fit in their mouths, whether that is a jack, snapper, shook or permit, they couldn't care less.
Although their aggressive personalities make them easy to hook, pulling them away from the safety of their dens is another matter entirely. Depending mainly on the depth of the water and the structure, we employ 30-80 size reels on broom sticks for stand-up rods.
Found nearshore around docks, in deep holes, and on ledges; young often occur in estuaries, especially around oyster bars; more abundant in southern Florida than in northern waters. CLOSED TO HARVEST OR POSSESSION IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC EEA (FEDERAL WATERS) SINCE 1990.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has provided additional guidelines on release techniques for Goliath grouper. CLOSED TO HARVEST OR POSSESSION IN THE SOUTH ATLANTIC EEA (FEDERAL WATERS) SINCE 1990.
Note: Goliath grouper and Nassau grouper must be released by cutting the line and NOT removed from the water. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has provided additional guidelines on release techniques for Goliath grouper.
At least one hooking device is required and must be used as needed to remove hooks embedded in South Atlantic snapper- grouper with minimum damage. Descending Device Requirement: Requirement: A descending device is required to be on board and readily available for use on all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper- grouper species; Definition of a Descending Device: an instrument to which is attached a minimum of a 16 ounce weight and a length of line that will release the fish at the depth from which the fish was caught or a minimum of 60 feet.
Since minimizing surface time is critical to increasing survival, descending devices shall be readily available for use while engaged in fishing. At least one hooking device is required and must be used as needed to remove hooks embedded in South Atlantic snapper- grouper with minimum damage.
Descending Device Requirement: Requirement: A descending device is required to be on board and readily available for use on all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper- grouper species; Definition of a Descending Device: an instrument to which is attached a minimum of a 16 ounce weight and a length of line that will release the fish at the depth from which the fish was caught or a minimum of 60 feet. Since minimizing surface time is critical to increasing survival, descending devices shall be readily available for use while engaged in fishing.
Click here for helpful resources, including: best fishing practices tips information on hook types how-to videos One of the tastiest and most famous fish of the sea, GoliathGrouper, is the largest form of the species of Grouper.
These fishes weigh up to 900 pounds, making them very difficult to catch. Red Grouper : These fishes are found in and around the Florida coasts.
These fishes prefer to live in rocky areas where there are a lot of holes and caves. They use these caves and holes to make it their home and hide if they sense any form of danger.
These fishes are very lonely and prefer to live in very deep waters, from 20 to 200 meters. They are massive and very strong, with some fishes being a meter in length and 300kgs in weight.
They are known to have big mouths with very distinct lips and brown bodies with white spots. They have very powerful jaws, which they used to hunt small fishes and octopuses for their food.
Now the thing is, due to their size and difficulty to catch them, more often than not, when you manage to catch them, the pressure created due to their size and strength of their resistance, can break their skeletal system and hence killing them. During winter, ranging from September to March is the perfect time to fish groupers.
That is because, during the summer, they usually reside deep in some cave or hole underwater. Due to their size and strength, conventional fishing techniques cannot be used to catch a GoliathGrouper.
On the other hand, having all the best and the right equipment will also not help you to win the battle against a grouper. When you go to buy a lure, you must check if it is ideal for deep trolling or not.
This kind of trolling with lures like butterfly jigs, feathers, or anything which can mimic a shellfish can attract a Grouper and is very effective. This is very effective because, once the Grouper comes out of its shelter to take a bite, they are so far off their home that once caught, and they cannot swim back in.
Frozen and natural baits such as squids, sardines, pinkish, grunts, blue runners, white mullet, squirrel fish, etc. If you use light or less strong tackles, there will be chances to break off, which will be a problem for both you and the fish.
When it comes to line and fishing Goliath Groupers, you must use monofilament instead of braid. Goliath Groupers are caught using live or dead bait with an artificial lure.
These fishes are very strong and are keen to hide in their homes when they sense danger. To do that, you just anchor somewhat close to a cave, wreck, or reef where groupers usually reside.
Now all you have to do is to bounce off your bait the bottom so that these fishes can hear the sound. Make sure you do not anchor too far away from the reefs to prevent the Goliath Groupers from returning to their home because if you are too far, they will never come out to your lure.
Growing up on the south shore of Long Island, Chum Charlie has always had a passion for fishing. Off the water, he enjoys blogging and sharing his favorite fishing tips & tricks that he has learned over the years.
Overly sensitive bureaucrats, apparently just uncomfortable with the name, arbitrarily decided to change it to GoliathGrouper. With little consideration for tradition, the will of the people, or common sense, the mighty government flexed its nit-picking muscle, and the deed was done.
For the lack of any other rational explanation, it would seem apparent that either the word Jew is no longer kosher, or attaching its name to a fish, is offensive to someone. I was never taught that the word Jew is considered a derogatory, but maybe it’s just because my parents weren’t exposed to the bureaucracy’s sensitivity training courses.
Goliath, a Philistine and a Gentile, was the biblical giant slain by a rock from the sling of the young David, a Jew. But of course, like every other department of our government, fishery managers see political correctness as a serious matter, and find no humor in their lingual contortions.
Today we are supposed to call all fishermen by the gender-neutral name of fisher, lest we offend the 1% that are female. By the same token, if it had been the established Jewish community taking offense at the name Jewish, instead of hypersensitive bureaucrats, I believe everyone would willingly accept the name change.
Using power heads and sophisticated dive techniques including deep water nitro gear, they went after Jewish with a vengeance. In a couple of short years, the stocks were impacted in a way that could never have happened with traditional fishing methods.
Once the stocks were reduced beyond profitability, some of those most responsible for the carnage, became the gurus of preservation, and were immediately adopted by fishery managers as their new poster boys. As far as being professional fishermen, I have only personally known one man who claimed to make a full time, year round living with a spear, but there are surely a few more out there.
The overwhelming majority of spear-fishermen that I have come into contact with, are very selective with their shooting and are almost uniformly, environmentally conscious. Also, unless you make a perfect kill, you can kiss the spear goodbye, as it will likely be ruined in the battle with the huge fish.
There has never been enough production to create a real market, and seeing the meat of an occasional 300 lb fish riddled with parasites, is usually enough to permanently discourage a new buyer. Though commercial boats would sell a Jewish if they caught it on hook and line, it was never a targeted species.
The giant slimy fish, could not be placed in the ice boxes along with the other more valuable species, and had to be filleted at sea and sold on the side. Meanwhile, out in the real world, everyone who spends any time on the ocean, understands that the Jewish stock has exploded.
Lobster men release thousands of juveniles, weighing up to 15 lbs apiece from their traps. We hear of Jewish wiping out every lobster, crab, and juvenile fish, and then taking up residence.
For those Cubans and Conchs whose mouths are watering at the thought of once again tasting their traditional favorite; don’t get too excited. The proof that we see with our own eyes, is purely ‘anecdotal evidence’, and there is no slot for that in the bureaucracy’s laptop programs.
Grants must be secured, studies must be commissioned, universities must be notified, environmental groups must weigh in, and all federal and state top level fishery managers must agree to add it to their busy agendas. Once a sea creature is deemed worthy of a full closure, it falls into an entirely new category.
We already see air breathing sea creatures like whales, porpoises and turtles in this category. Close behind on the new emotional sensitivity scale, are several fish species like shark, sunfish, and Jewish.
Soon to follow will be swordfish, marlin, tuna, and any other fish that has a long life span and grows to a large size. But with the undeniable stock rebound apparent to everyone, it would not surprise me to see the fishery eventually reopened to a very limited recreational take.