Photo is a screen grab“The best way to dispose of them is to feed them to the native Nassau groupers who don’t see the lionfish as food, but are quickly learning to identify them as so,” Kim said. The dive master swam around looking for a grouper to feed it to when one came out of the blue and snatched the bag from his hand.
The Hammerhead usually feeds on smaller sharks like the Blacktop (Image: GETTY)Mr O’Neill said the Grouper was around 200 to 300 pounds heavy, and is normally found on the ocean floor. Gases in the Grouper ’s stomach expands causing it to bloat and float on the surface, making them the perfect meal for predators.
It comes as a Great White shark and a diver were locked in a near-death battle after the beast charged at him in a terrifying moment. One of the divers said he was sure of the shark’s threat when its tail fin broke the surface (Image: GETTY)The incredible battle played out in calm waters off Rottenest Island in Australia on Sunday afternoon after the 12-foot beast smelt blood.
The men aimed their fishing guns at the Great white as it circled closer to the two friends and tried to charge at them. While diving in 80-foot deep waters off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, spear fisherman Arif Saber had a standoff with a seemingly fearless and ferocious Goliath grouper, which Grind TV estimated was 300- to 400-pounds.
Saber had just caught a lesser amber jack with his spearfish gun, he told Grind TV, when he noticed the large grouper eyeing him and closing the distance in between them. The video, shot by his wife using a GoPro 3, shows the hefty fish as he nips at the man's flipper, tearing it off, and then goes straight for his catch with its powerful jaw.
# of Dives: 500 – 999 Location: Metro New York As far as I know groupers are only dangerous if you eat them. Large groupers in the Caribbean are linked to increased risk of Cautery poisoning.
In my limited experience the most aggressive fishes I've run into are spade fish, Bermuda chubby and of course damsel fishes, which are more annoying than dangerous. # of Dives: 100 – 199 Location: Tampa Florida While fishing down in the keys a buddy of mine was reeling in a 30 0r so inch grouper, right at the boat a Cuba took a bite of it, before the Cuba wished away with its free meal a much larger grouper nailed it on its side at a very high rate of speed.
# of Dives: 50 – 99 Location: VA The only threat I felt from the one I had just passed when the picture in my avatar was taken was being poked in the eye by lobster antennae that was sticking out of his mouth. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe.
# of Dives: 200 – 499 Location: Cape Cod, MA I agree that if you don't mes with them, they won't mess with you. Recent offshore fishing reports from the Big Bend region.
We bounced around picked up a few at the reef then we hit a couple rocks in 35-40 feet. We found two big gags which my coast guard buddy Solomon caught on his trout rod with a shrimp both times.
It made up for the clownish trip, but it was a good trial run for his new boat. We left the dock Friday around 10 and made our way to 90 feet of water.
Fun trip, good times, catch fish and be safe! We got about three dozen pinkish and headed out to a new rock I found out in 18 feet.
NOAA was pretty much correct with it’s forecast of two plus foot seas in the morning tapering off in the afternoon. We manage five keeper gags, two dogfish and a pile of nice sized grunts.
I hooked up an eight to nine foot shark, possibly a sandbar or dusky. We had to work for our fish as we visited four or five spots during the course of the day picking up one or two here and there.
The fishing has been HOT off of the Big Bend region lately. Just like the day before, the winds subsided around 1:00, so we ran in and picked up my younger son and headed out to Seahorse Reef.
The Spanish mackerel didn’t disappoint and provided plenty of action for my crew while I caught bait. My older son hooked a good size shark that provided a couple of minutes of excitement, until the 20 test leader gave way.
Once I got a several greenie, a small blue runner, and pinkish in the well, we headed out to the reef looking for something bigger. It didn’t take long for us to get a few drag runners, but nothing wanted to stay hooked up.
I was beginning to get a little frustrated with losing fish, when all of a sudden one of the rods rigged with a live Greene bent over and the drag started screaming. After several runs, the fish tired, and I was able to sink the gaff into a big king fish that I would estimate was close to four feet in length.
I guess they got too close to the bottom, because our next two fish were keeper size gags, 25 and 27 inches. We, again, ended the day trolling the Papal Magnums and my youngest caught a smaller king that made it into the fish box.
I finally got a few keeper sized grouper last week after a summer of complete frustration. I took Kyle out last Wednesday and got a 22 red grouper and a 26 gag in 55 after finding only shorts at 42 and 47 locations.
The bottom out there is recovering nicely according to the live coral we brought up. We headed out to a rock pile in 17 feet and started a chum slick.
There were marks everywhere, so Gail wanted to play with them, so I rigged a rod up with some wire and turned her loose. She boated five, which is a perfect amount for some smoked fish dip.
The bait pods were lined up in a tidal rip, but we couldn’t get anything to bite. We drove on out to our spot and saw a nice king fish shortly after anchoring.
We caught a bunch of nice grunts, flounder, gag grouper, and I kept a small blacktop to grill. We went out of Horseshoe last Saturday to 60-70 and caught a limit of red snapper on cut, frozen herring.
The bite was slow, but steady throughout the day, picking up a couple here and there. Those frozen baits seemed to get chewed up immediately and you end up rebating constantly.
The red snapper seemed plentiful in the 65, but the bite was slow, with no current and no wind. The engine trick helped pick up the bigger limit we were looking for.
We caught tons of trigger fish, sea bass and a bunch of small red grouper at one stop. The bait of choice for snapper were small pinkish, half of a thread fin or a Bonita chunk.
We loaded up on pinfish, and we headed to a nice live bottom spot that always seems to have cobra passing through. It wasn’t long and the bait balls were showing under and to the back of Ruff One.
As we were closing in on the middle grounds around 7:45pm, I spotted a floating log and went to check it out. We quickly rigged up a few pitch rods and caught 10-12 keeper schools.
We caught a mess of huge mangoes up to 23, vermilion snapper, porgies, a few red grouper, and a 32 gag. I found some bottom in 130 that was marking fish and set up a drift.
We had three rods doubled over on red snapper instantly, and caught our limit over the next 30 minutes. We drifted several interesting areas and loaded up with some pretty big bass and a king fish.
We stuck it out until sundown, then headed inshore to 200 to snapper fish. Overall it was a slow bite, but lots of big fish and the box got filled completely.
Finally, Gary hooks him with the grouper pick and gets him in the boat! Nice shallow water beast at a little over 33 inches and 18.1 lbs.
We started off trolling plugs in about 25-30 feet without any luck, then switched to bottom fishing. Using frozen East Coast ponies, the first drop netted a short gag.
The second gag hit hard and started heading to the side where I presume the rocks were. Lizard fish were plentiful, but Gail finally connected on this beauty in the 17ft area.
The water was so clear that earlier that day in 40+ feet, I watched a lady fish plug rest on the bottom with a huge turtle and a record swimming behind the turtle. Started out pitching artificial, that produced a keeper mangrove snapper.
We swapped over to cut bait and pulled seven short grouper, 14-17. No heroes, but it was a lot of fun on light tackle and it was what we set out to do for the day.
Two of the keepers had fresh baits in their gullets, a squirrel and a grunt. Wow, it’s amazing how aggressive these guys are even after being hooked just minutes before.
The run out to our first stop was a 96-mile stretch that we made quick work of by taking turns at the wheel, and before we knew it we were in 130 feet of water at our destination. The current wasn’t bad at all, so we started drifting this area of structure, dropping a combo of live baits and Boston mackerel.
The real star of the show and the fish that sealed the deal for us was a giant 60 pound king fish. After a snotty run out Louie gave me his best trolling plug and after a very few minutes a nice grouper came onboard.
Headed straight to a rock in 15 feet and deployed the plugs, Carolyn’s rod goes off, and she’s into one of the beast that makes this area home. Lee followed that with a stud red snapper and over the next hour or so, we put some decent fish in the box.
I decided to fire down a special live bait and within minutes, had a very nice 25 pound plus gag grouper on the line and in short order, in the fish box. We get to the 16-foot area and weeds were scattered but not bad for running some plugs.
Put out a Papal and a Your and after some getting use to Mike’s boat, we have a good spread running true. Hit Cedar Key, ran all the way to my first spot without stopping.
We pulled up to see a massive amount of bait being busted by blues. Dropped the trolling rods in and instantly put three nice fish in the boat.
Cobra on the first cast of the day, it ate a large shrimp on a jig head. We caught grouper while trolling and mango’s on the reef, an awesome mixed bag.
My bottom starts shaking so, it’s a fish, and a second later it gets airborne and it’s a nice come. We drifted and chunked around the horseshoe rigs and developed a slow bite that turned into an all out feeding frenzy.
The trick to finding the gags was to check out a lot of different areas with good relief and only fish the ones with bait showing. Time is running out, so I looked over and said lets try a “Hail Mary” in a 10-foot rocky area.
I was beginning to think I wouldn’t make it back out before gag season closes this year because of the weather and other commitments. George Good, the host of Florida Sportsman’s TV show “Reel Time,” contacted me and wanted to know if I was interested in co-hosting an episode with him.
The kid finally started to rouse around 2pm and I asked her if she wanted to stop and catch grunts (she can’t handle grouper yet). It seems like we pull a trophy gag out of this spot every time we visit it.
We didn’t have the plug in the water 1 minute and Gail’s rod is screaming! We stopped at a shallower spot and saw that the water was clean, so we stayed there.
First drops and all we were hooking up with was lady fish, grunts, and some small grouper. We get there and put out the plugs, starting to troll over some nice live bottom and right away the rods are going off.
We ran a few miles, anchored and immediately started getting freight trained by 12 to 18 pound red snappers. Within a couple of hours we had our limit, and we started targeting mangoes and Berliners with hopes of some red grouper.
Doesn’t take long and her Retiring float goes down, and she hooked into a nice one. The weather buoy data showed winds between 15 and 20 mph all day with waves to 4 feet.
So I said lets take out medicine now and get to where the bait and red grouper are. Fished a little farther out this time in 380 to 465 feet, caught tile fish, snowy grouper, kitty Mitchell grouper, scamp, gags, red snapper, AJS, bar jacks and porgies.
Today we were also getting our bigger grouper trolling using a unique technique, we would hook up with the first fish then slow down and work the other lure hard and more than once we hooked up with bigger Gags on the second rod. We had to retire two plugs today because they were destroyed from big gags smacking them.
Then we switched to big live baits and ended up with 6 gags and 1 26 inch Red. Weather was awesome, my Blue water rode 35 mph the whole way out and back.
The plan was to explore a new area a bit deeper than I have been over the past few trips. We shoved off at 7:00 and ran out close to 50 feet and set up on an area that I knew held some gags.
Rather than wait them out we started trolling and looking for new bottom and took one 24-inch gag on stretch 30 which we tossed back. After another 45 minutes of trolling we found some good bottom and set up on it.
We counted 14 grouper in the box, so we moved once to finish our limit but all shorts. Headed out to 45 feet into overcast, stormy skies, and a little chop but nothing too bad.
The particular spot we were headed to is a large patch reef area, not much relief but good hard, live bottom. We sick at grouper trolling and didn’t get a bite, but after about 15 minutes we marked two nice looking spots.
Think that’s a good sign for the grouper population, but I’m no marine biologist. After taking Billy out for a Cobra trip he won’t forget, I am sitting at the computer having coffee Sunday morning and I look over my shoulder and Mrs. Ruff One is standing there dressed in her fishing outfit.
She looks at me and says seas are down, wind is down, cobra are biting, get off you're a–, get your stuff together and let's get out here!” She doesn’t have to twist my arm much for me to respond. Headed offshore about 15 miles and setup on some real nice live bottom.
I don’t even have the chum bag out and Mrs. Ruff is hooked into a Cobra. Took our time getting to 60 feet but on the first spot we put 8 nice red grouper in the boat right off the bat.
Doc Mike and I took advantage of the beautiful weather to head offshore for some end of the season red grouper. We hit the water at 8 and ran directly to our 60-65 foot area.
Perfect seas all the way and one drop of the anchor and it was looking good with a fat 26red in the boat in short order. That action continued for an hour as we put 6 grouper of similar size in the box.
We did an overnight trip out to an area in 100 feet of water and did wonderful on Big Mangrove Snapper and Red Porgy. I also learned something new, Red Snapper and Gag grouper love fried chicken.
I gave one of my friends the rest of my dinner, just the bones and told him it was a great grouper bait, he dropped it down and to our surprise got a 39-inch Gag about 5 seconds after the bait hit the bottom! Sharks were manageable, I did have two rigs messed up but nothing like earlier in the week.
Only saw four boats all day on the water, did see a few inshore guys in the river but everyone is saying the trout are out of the creeks and back in the Go. Lee., Mike, and I set out for deep water to dig up some red grouper.
After finding out we had overwritten all of our GPS information we found an area with a modest bite. Large gags were taking our baits and putting a serious hurting on our tackle.
First stop was in 50 feet, made a couple drifts boating a 24-inch gag and a king fish. The bite was on fire dropping live pinkish and cut thread fins, we had our limit in about 2 hours.
Also caught a short AJ on live bottom and hung two kings on the flat line We were chumming when we spotted the man in the brown suit, I grab treeline pole put a pinkish on and it gets whacked.
After a nice fight bring him to the net and in the boat he comes 44 inch cobias Well, rumor has it that cold water up dwelling and the full moon almost on us should have the rays up and the cobra with them.
Calling for 2 to 3 foot seas, a good boating day, yeah right. Bounded and determined we made our way to the 50-foot range in search of red grouper.
Caught bait at the last channel marker and headed offshore at 30 mph by sunrise. We hooked up with a few AJS on live bait then switched to a 9 top water plug.