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. On March 4, 2012, Shane Keith Nelson caught a monstrous giant grouper off Latham Island, Tanzania.
When Reagan Werner left the dock for a day of deep-sea fishing in the Gulf of Mexico near Marco Island, she said a silent prayer that she would get a big one. This 16-year-old girl from Farmington, Minnesota had just landed the largest grouper ever caught by a female angler.
The next morning the group stopped and caught thread fin minnows to use for bait as they worked their way out to spots 40-50 miles offshore. Kimberly started backing the boat away from the structure while Paul slowly towed the unhappy fish to smooth bottom.
Reagan scrambled to get the fish fighting belt tightened on then grabbed the rod and the battle began! Once the grouper realized it was hooked, it began thrashing and surging and Reagan took a seat on the cooler to keep from being pulled overboard.
Beating big fish is as much a mental game as it is physical, there is no room for mistakes, and she played everything perfectly. It is so cool knowing all of these fish by name, but it makes Paul nervous that if these are ever opened back up to harvest, that the few Goliath groupers that are out in the Gulf waters will quickly become another story about the “good old days”.
Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Actinopterygii Order: Performed Family: Serranidae Subfamily: Epinephrine Genus: Epimetheus Species: Binomial name Epimetheus Tamara Synonyms Promiscuous Tamara (Lichtenstein, 1822) Serra nus Tamara Lichtenstein, 1822 Serra nus Menelik Valentines, 1828 Serra nus gales J.P. Müller & Trochee, 1848 Serra nus guava Play, 1860 Promiscuous one Ehrenberg, 1915 Promiscuous ditto Roux & Collision, 1954 The Atlantic goliathgrouper or Tamara (Epimetheus Tamara), also known as the Jewish, is a large saltwater fish of the grouper family found primarily in shallow tropical waters among coral and artificial reefs at depths from 5 to 50 m (16 to 164 ft).
Its range includes the Florida Keys in the US, the Bahamas, most of the Caribbean and most of the Brazilian coast. On some occasions, it is caught off the coasts of the US states of New England off Maine and Massachusetts.
In the eastern Atlantic Ocean, it occurs from the Congo to Senegal. Young Atlantic Goliath groupers may live in brackish estuaries, oyster beds, canals, and mangrove swamps, which is unusual behavior among groupers.
They may reach extremely large sizes, growing to lengths up to 2.5 m (8.2 ft) and can weigh as much as 360 kg (790 lb). The world record for a hook-and-line-captured specimen is 308.44 kg (680.0 lb), caught off Fernanda Beach, Florida, in 1961.
Considered of fine food quality, Atlantic goliathgrouper were a highly sought-after quarry for fishermen. It is a relatively easy prey for spear fishermen because of the grouper's inquisitive and generally fearless nature.
They also tend to spawn in large aggregations, returning annually to the same locations. This makes them particularly vulnerable to mass harvesting while breeding.
Until a harvest ban was placed on the species, its population was in rapid decline. The fish is recognized as “vulnerable” globally and “endangered” in the Gulf of Mexico.
The species' population has been recovering since the ban; with the fish's slow growth rate, however, some time will be needed for populations to return to their previous levels. Goliath groupers are believed to be protogynous hermaphrodites, which refer to organisms that are born female and at some point in their lifespans change sex to male.
Males can be sexually mature at about 115 centimeters (45 in), and ages 4–6 years. In May 2015, the Atlantic goliathgrouper was successfully bred in captivity for the first time.
Tidal pools act as nurseries for juvenile E. Tamara. In tidal pools juvenile E.Tamara are able to utilize rocky crevices for shelter.
Besides shelter, tidal pools provide E. Tamara with plenty of prey such as lobster and porcelain crab. The Atlantic goliathgrouper has historically been referred to as the “Jewish”.
It may have referred to the fish's status as inferior leading it to be declared only suitable for Jews, or the flesh having a “clean” taste comparable to kosher food ; it has also been suggested that this name is simply a corruption of jaw fish or the Italian word for “bottom fish”, Giuseppe. In 2001, the American Fisheries Society stopped using the term because of complaints that it was culturally insensitive.
^ Lovato, Cleo nice Maria Cardozo; Soars, Bruno Clears; Begot, Tiago Octavio Buffalo; Montage, Luciano Coach de Assis (January 2016). “Tidal pools as habitat for juveniles of the Goliath grouper Epimetheus Tamara (Lichtenstein 1822) in the Amazonian coastal zone, Brazil”.
Risky, Delaney C.; Bakenhaster, Micah D.; Adams, Douglas H. (2015). “ Pseudorhabdosynochus species (Monogenoidea, Diplectanidae) parasitizing groupers (Serranidae, Epinephrine, Epinephrine) in the western Atlantic Ocean and adjacent waters, with descriptions of 13 new species”.
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Epimetheus Tamara. Farmington teen Reagan Werner went deep-sea fishing with her brother, mother and stepfather near Marco Island in Florida on May 31 and hooked a world- record -breaking Goliath grouper.
The fish was 83 inches long with a 75-inch girth and calculated weight of 583 pounds, the largest grouper ever caught by a female angler. According to the International Game Fish Association, the current all-tackle women’s world record is a 366-pound grouper caught by Betsy Walker near Panama in 1965.
About 50 miles offshore, Werner’s brother, Owen, snagged a hammerhead shark. The largest grouper caught on record was in 1961 at 680 pounds by a man named Lynn Joyner.
In the early 2000s, restrictions were enforced on fishing for groupers, which have helped them regain their large size. “She had the greatest day ever,” said Hartman, who was proud, but also a bit jealous, since his biggest grouper was 470 pounds.
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