Goliath Grouper Spearfishing

Bob Roberts
• Tuesday, 13 October, 2020
• 8 min read

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Our titanium dioxide lining makes it a breeze to slip into the suit while underway, and with thick screen printing, you won’t go sliding around above deck. The GoliathGrouper, or Tamara (Epimetheus Tamara), also known as “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).

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Grouper typically have a stout body with a large mouth. They can be a variety of shades, colors, and patterns, which help them blend into their surroundings.

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Note: Gag grouper need to be 22” to keep and the recreational harvest season for them in most Gulf state waters (within nine miles from shore) is July 1 through Dec. 3. They are similar in appearance to the Gag, and have a gently rounded head with a slightly concave or flat caudal (tail) fin.

Note: Black grouper need to be 22” to keep and are open year-round in the Gulf of Mexico. Goliath grouper are marked on their sides, from head to tail, with a series of irregular dark brown vertical bars against a light brown or gray background.

Another quick way to identify them from the other grouper is by their rounded pectoral and caudal (tail) fins. Goliath grouper are prohibited to harvest, and keeping one can land you heavy fines and penalties.

Equipped with a capacious Edward G. Robinson-esque lower jaw and weighing as much as 360 kg, or 793 pounds, encountering one while you're diving or snorkeling can give you pause. As the video shows, these big bruisers are generally placid and move slowly, Arrive reports.

Along with over-fishing, the groupers are also susceptible to stresses caused by cold water and red tides which killed scores of them in 1971 and 2003. In the sparkling waters where they live, these giants feed on an array of tasty treats: Crustaceans such as spiny lobsters, shrimps, crabs, and fish such as stingrays and parrot fish make up a good part of their diet, Arrive reports.

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Swimming gently at the bottom of its blue world, the Atlantic goliathgrouper is a sight to behold. I don’t know if these Aussie bros were sharked fishing but I’d wager that they were, so it must’ve come as one hell of a surprise when they reeled in that Queensland Grouper weighing at well over a hundred pounds and with a mouth big enough to swallow a bull mastiff.

We pulled her up, cut the wire as close to the hook as possible, got a quick photo, and she swam off to fight another day.” I’m 99.99% certain of this, but not positive since I’m not Australian, but while searching for the Queensland Grouper IFA World Record I was redirected to GoliathGrouper.

For what it’s worth, the all-tackle world record for GoliathGrouper is 680-pounds and that was a fish caught in Fernanda Beach (Amelia Island), Florida back in 1961. The IFA all-tackle world record for ‘Giant Grouper ’, whatever that is, was a 395-pound fish caught in Latham Island, Tanzania in March 2004.

Here on Bro Bible, I’ve covered some crazy large grouper fish being caught in the past. It wasn’t too long ago that a new spearfishing world record for grouper was set when this 350-pound fish was shot.

In the old days this fearlessness made them easy prey for spear fishermen, they were a highly sought after sport fish, and now the goliathgrouper is critically endangered. If this fish is caught, fishermen must free the animal to the water alive and unharmed.

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1 October 2017Assessing Fishing Experts' Knowledge to Improve Conservation Strategies for an Endangered Grouper in the Southwestern Atlantic ***** Marine Biogeography and Macro ecology Lab, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, SC, Brazil.

We assessed fisheries landings and interviewed key informants to investigate fishing, habitat use, and occurrence of goliathgrouper in Absolves Bank, eastern Brazil. Informants reported higher abundances of goliathgrouper in red mangroves (Rizophora mangle) within shallow and complex channels.

Besides increasing the moratorium enforcement, we suggest implementing no-take zones, which encompass both nursery habitats and seasonal aggregation sites described in this study. Clever son Tapeline, Vicious J. Giulio, Renata C. Carvalho, Mariana G. Bender, and Leopoldo C. Gerhardinger “Assessing Fishing Experts' Knowledge to Improve Conservation Strategies for an Endangered Grouper in the Southwestern Atlantic,” Journal of Ethnology 37(3), 478-493, (1 October 2017).

ABOVE VIDEO: A group of fisherman off the coast of Bonita Springs, Florida, caught a 5-foot shark this month and were just about ready to haul in their catch, were stunned when a Goliath grouper appeared out of nowhere to swallowing it whole. This photo of an enormous GoliathGrouper, taken by Michael Patrick O’Neill, won the “People in Nature” category at the “Nature’s Best Photography: Wind land Smith Rice International Awards.” Its range includes the Bahamas, most of the Caribbean, and practically all the Brazilian coast, as well as in Azores, where they are known as hero.

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The most common black grouper material is paper. May 1 marked the official opening of recreational grouper season along the Atlantic coast, which means hard-core bottom fishermen from North Carolina to Key West, Florida, will be gearing up and heading offshore to chase these tasty critters.

When scared, a grouper will often swim into a hole, cave or any structure where they can wedge themselves into a crevice and flare their gills, so they can’t be removed. The beauty of these grouper holes is that once you find a good one, you can catch fish there for years.

Other good baits include sardines, scads, cigar minnows, spots, craters, grunts, thread fins and ponies or menhaden. Either way, bring plenty of frisky live bait and make sure they are on the large side.

The biggest reason is the over-abundance of the “overfished” (per fishery managers) American red snapper. These snapper are big (many between 12 and 25 pounds), extremely aggressive and will eat you out of bait and boat.

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The second reason I recommend using larger baits is that grouper are inherently lazy and like to eat the biggest, easiest meal they can find. A gag grouper will routinely eat a bait that is roughly 10 percent of its body weight.

Sometimes grouper will fall victim to whole, dead fish such as Spanish sardines or cigar minnows. The problem with these are the red snapper and the thousands of sea bass, grunts and trigger fish that will peck the dead stuff off the hook.

Ideally, you can entice the grouper to feed away from the structure, so you can stop the fish from going back in the hole after he’s hooked. Let that fish get back into its home, and be prepared for your buddies to start yelling “gone!” or “fail!” as you tie on a new rig.

In this case, try to drop ahead of the spot to land the baits in the strike zone. In a zero current situation, I like to hook the bait in the area just above the anal fin.

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1 www.miamiherald.com - https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article209873644.html
2 en.wikipedia.org - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_goliath_grouper
3 safmc.net - https://safmc.net/regulations/regulations-by-species/goliath-grouper/
4 answers.yahoo.com - https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index
5 blogs.ifas.ufl.edu - http://blogs.ifas.ufl.edu/news/2013/07/02/ufifas-study-finds-feelings-run-deep-in-goliath-grouper-debate/