When that happens, gases in the grouper's stomach expand, causing it to bloat and float on the surface of the water, making it an easy meal for predators. O’Neill said the hammerhead continually and relentlessly attacked the grouper, eventually killing it.
However, because of the shark's small mouth and the tough texture of the grouper's skin, the hammerhead was unable to eat it. The skilled photographer said the video should serve as a lesson to fishermen to properly vent a goliathgrouper if you catch one.
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The collection and processing of information about your use of this service to subsequently personalize advertising and/or content for you in other contexts, such as on other websites or apps, over time. A 32-year-old man from Callahan, Florida, turned himself in to authorities on Oct. 13 after photos and video allegedly showed him in possession of a nurse shark and filleting goliathgrouper, among other marine resource violations, during a visit in Marathon.
The video, posted on Aug. 24 at a Gulf stream Avenue residence in Marathon, goes on to show a young boy diving and grabbing the nurse shark and handing it to a bearded Hispanic male, later identified as Hansel Garrison, who then shows it to some other guests on the pool deck before the video cuts off. The video shows Garrison clothed in turquoise swim trunks holding the nurse shark.
At one point, Garrison allegedly holds up the shark to the camera and it runs the length from his face to his belly button. Hansel Garrison, of Callahan, Florida, is facing a bevy of charges after he was allegedly found to be in possession of a nurse shark under 54 inches, undersized lobster and a goliathgrouper.
In another video posted on Aug. 24, Garrison was seen cooking on a barbecue grill with Florida spiny lobster that were undersized. There’s a good chance angler Jay Cross has spent more time on the Skyway Fishing Piers than anyone else over the past few years.
Over the past few weeks Cross has seen quite a few big gags coming over the rails of the fishing pier. In addition to smaller grouper, Cross, and his friends who frequently fish the pier known as the Skyway Misfits Crew, enjoy playing tug of war with the bigger Goliath that now frequent the pier.
He makes 400-pound wire leaders that are 10-feet long, giving the abrasiveness needed against massive sharks like bulls and hammerheads they target. On a recent night, Cross’s friend Jake Covington borrowed one of his leaders, but found himself tangled up to another one of the bridge’s Goliath.
Cross, who was working at the time, closed up the bait shop and went to assist the release of the massive goliathgrouper. “We have a rope that we used to pull in big sharks up to 400 pounds on the bridge to release them.
In a scene that looked like it was from the movie “Mission: Impossible,” Cross dangles from the rope around his waist with pliers in hand. The fish kicks away, and Cross is pulled back to the bridge.
When targeting Goliath, Cross uses a 900H Diana on a broomstick-esque rod allowing him to winch them up. He pinches the barb down on those hooks, allowing an easier release on the Goliath he’s landed up to 300 pounds.
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.
A 680 lb GoliathGrouper caught on May 20, 1961, off Fernanda Beach, Florida, using a Spanish mackerel as bait The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet on Feb. 8 and 9 in Crystal River to discuss various ecological issues that must be addressed in 2018, including biological survey results of the Goliath grouper.
The outcome could possibly take the form of a small fishing season that would allow people to deplete the numbers of the Goliath grouper for a short period of time, but changes wouldn't be put into effect until December at the earliest. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes.
They brought along deckhand Katie Learn, of Port St. Lucie, a tough little surfer who survived getting washed up inside cruel jetty rocks at Fort Pierce Inlet. Beth Broker of Fort Pierce strikes a heroic pose with another Goliath.
Since they ran the photo so small in the magazine, we thought another look wouldn’t hurt. Layers of fat ran through the meat, which looked unappetizing, and spearing was discontinued after that day.
Next we traveled to Flamingo and Shark River, which is Mecca for all Goliath in the underwater world. Mark Coward from Hollywood stayed hooked up to a variety of fish, including 17 Goliath that day.
The knocker rig with sliding egg sinker with a live finger mullet seems to out-fish anything else at Flamingo. These fish won’t make a long run, but they’re feisty and always hungry when the tide is right.
Dave Lee landed this one on fairly light spin gear. We were anchored over flat rock bottom in about 10 feet of water, near Shark River, and these fish bit on every cast while the tide was ebbing out.