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.
A 16-year-old girl who went deep-sea fishing recently for only her second time, reeled up an estimated 583-pound goliathgrouper, which dwarfs the women’s world record for the species. “I was, like, in shock pretty much,” Reagan Werner told the Trinities Pioneer Press on Saturday.
Werner, who is from Farmington, Minn., was fishing May 31 near Marco Island off Florida with her brother, mother, and stepfather. “These things have amazing power,” Paul Hartman, Werner’s stepfather, told the Pioneer Press.
According to the International Game Fish Assn., the heaviest goliathgrouper caught by a woman weighed 366 pounds. That fish, caught by Betsy Walker off Panama in 1965, is the women’s world record for 80-pound-test line.
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.
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.
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Age, Growth, and Reproduction of Jewish Epimetheus Tamara in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.
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. Our goal with article comments is to provide a space for civil, informative and constructive conversations.
We reserve the right to remove any comment we deem to be defamatory, rude, insulting to others, hateful, off-topic or reckless to the community. We’ve all heard a fish tale or two, but one man’s catch in late December off Southwest Florida’s coast is one for the books.
Jason Boyle of Sarasota caught a 350-pound Warsaw grouper Dec. 29 in about 600 feet of water, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Research Institute confirmed on its Facebook page. “Catching one can feel like a freight train hit your rod,” said Bryan Gagnon, charter captain and owner of Reel Revenge in Cape Coral.
Gagnon and the Reel Revenge guides don’t typically go out for Warsaw, but if a client asks, the crew is game. Tournament anglers with four-engine boats might be the most active fisher folk seeking out these large groupers found in deep waters, he said.
Once a Warsaw is on the line, “it’s almost not physically possible (to reel it in) in the first 60 to 90 seconds.” Gagnon said it’s like that with most grouper species until the fish’s air bladder starts to expand. After Boyle’s catch, FCC's Research Institute was able to obtain an monolith from the fish and concluded that it was probably about 50 years old.
It was captured off Destiny in 1985, Michelle Kerr, a spokeswoman for FCC’s Research Institute wrote in an email. Warsaw groupers are a bit of a mystery, and FCC researchers are collaborating with different organizations to get a better idea of the fish.
“Basic biological information on their life history and population structure is currently unavailable, which makes their management difficult,” Kerr wrote. Goliath grouper occupies a wide geographic range, from Florida, including the Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas, and Caribbean Sea, south to Brazil.
It is also found in both the eastern Pacific and eastern Atlantic from Senegal to the Democratic Republic of the Congo; however, it is rare in the Canary Islands. Based on a study done by Craig et al. (2009), results suggest that there are genetic differences between populations of goliathgrouper in U.S. waters and those near Belize and Brazil.
This species of grouper tends to be easily recognizable, in part, because it is the largest grouper species in western Atlantic waters. Its body is brownish yellow, gray or olive colored with irregular dark bars on its sides and small spots mostly on its head and fins.
The goliathgrouper has a very broad head with small eyes; the spiny dorsal fin is very low, and much shorter than the second dorsal fin. Juveniles are a yellowish-orange color with dark irregular vertical bands and blotches on their sides.
The adult goliathgrouper lives in shallow waters up to 328 feet (100 meters) 6, over wrecks, corals or muddy or rocky bottoms. This is one of the few grouper species also found in brackish water habitats.
Adults are territorial and occupy limited home ranges. Juvenile and young-adult fish can be found around estuaries mangroves and oyster bars.
The typical spawning season is June through October; peak spawning within the Gulf of Mexico occurs from July through September. 5 There is still some debate whether this fish transitions from female to male as there appears to be a lack of conclusive evidence that this species is a protogynous hermaphrodite.
Cryptic genetic divergence in a threatened marine fish and the resurrection of a geopolitical species. Age, growth, and reproduction of Jewish Epimetheus Ithaca in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
IFA All Tackle Record, Fernanda Beach, FL Obama, S., B. Eris man, W. Haman, C. Biggs, N. Farmer, S. Lowerre-Barbieri, M. Karnataka, and J. Brenner. Cooperative monitoring program for spawning aggregations in the Gulf of Mexico: data portal.
Photo: Screen Gabon unofficial world records exist for kayak fishing, and there are two sites that we’re familiar with that keep them. But to give an idea about the size of this goliathgrouper, the all-tackle world record is 680 pounds caught off Florida in May 1961, before they became protected in 1990.
Anthony Palo Pinto with a 347-pound Warsaw grouper he hooked and was caught by team Jumbo Shrimp during the annual Crosshair Memorial Fishing Tournament. The afternoon weather was perfect, allowing the heavy hitters to run to the depths of the Gulf of Mexico.
Paul Christie, knew what his team wanted to do: Catch big fish. Christie’s brother-in-law, Anthony Palo Pinto, lowered a line more than 600 feet into the Gulf of Mexico where it would be inhaled by a monster.
The line was slowly coming in and it took a little while to realized it was hooked, that’s when I knew it was a fish. After 30 minutes of back and forth, the gigantic Warsaw on the other end surfaced, allowing Christie to see just how big it truly was.
“We’ve caught a lot of Goliath grouper, but never a Warsaw or Goliath that big.” Team Jumbo Shrimp kept fishing, and Christie’s plan continued to come together.
By Saturday morning, the crew added a 27-pound tuna, 29-pound kitty Mitchell grouper and two swordfish. At 2 p.m. Saturday, they landed a 40-pound Yahoo, the sixth and final fish needed for the multispecies weigh-in.
For Sunday afternoon’s weigh-in, the crowd at the Bradenton Yacht Club was already at fever pitch with big fish coming to the scales. The Yacht Club’s crane was called into action in order to lift the Warsaw out of the boat.
When the weigh-in crew finally brought the beast to the scales, cameras and phones were hoisted high as everyone wanted a picture. Jumbo Shrimp’s catch brought home 537 points and the title for a repeat victory worth $10,000.
“The weather was absolutely perfect, and this is always our favorite tournament to fish,” Seaveeche’s Jay Travis said. Third place went to team Sea Saw/Blender Boat works, which also joined the big Warsaw grouper club by weighing in a 167 founder.
“We caught giants last August and September but most likely they were still down near the Dry Tortugas for their spawn, so we ended up with a pair of smaller fish. The GoliathGrouper was in serious decline due to overfishing until the 1990s when they were classified as critically endangered, and all harvesting worldwide was banned.
GoliathGrouper eat young sea turtles, fish and shrimp, for the main part. Young grouper commonly hang out together, inhabiting the mangrove swamps and estuaries, where they find suitable food sources in Key West.
As a bottom dweller, Goliath's tend to hang out around reefs, wreck sites and coral ledges, as they like to reside in shallow water up to a depth of around 165 feet. GoliathGrouper, due to their incredibly large size, have been the target of avid sports fishermen for decades; they were also rumored to be a restaurant-quality fish desired by seafood aficionados.