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Daniel Brown
• Saturday, 10 October, 2020
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“Adult gag grouper live in nearshore waters from coastal North Carolina south to Brazil and as well as in the Gulf of Mexico. Smaller gag are a lot of lighter in coloring, and have numerous dark brown, or charcoal, kiss-like marks along their sides.

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“Young gag grouper will live in oyster reefs, estuaries and seagrass beds from Massachusetts to Cape Canaveral, Florida. The coloration of red grouper helps to distinguish this species from gag with its head and body being dark reddish brown, shading pink or reddish or even pale pink along the lower part of its body,” Nash said.

“In North Carolina, gag will typically spawn in February and have clear larvae, which then make their way into estuaries. As water temperatures start to go down in the fall, juvenile gag will migrate from estuaries to offshore hard bottom habitat and larger members of their species,” said Seward.

Seward noted that all grouper are considered protogynous intersex, “that is they start their lives as females, and a part of the population will morph, or make the change, to males as they get older. Females start to reach sexual maturity when they are about 24 inches in total length and about 3 years old.

They are voracious predators, and will feed on whatever they can capture including scad, snapper, grunt, sardines, crabs, porgies, shrimp and squid, said Seward. Red grouper sitting on sand habitat 45 degrees to camera full body view mouth open.

In addition to their color, red grouper can be distinguished from gag by the sloped, straight line of their spiny dorsal fin. “The red grouper is also a protogynous intersex and females are sexually mature by the time they reach 4 years old,” Seward said.

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Females typically will let go an average of 1.5 million pelagic eggs that stay at the surface for between 30-40 days before finally settling down to the bottom. “Red grouper may live to be as old as 25 years of age, with older specimens reaching a size of 32.5 inches and up to 25 pounds.

They will feed on lobster, shrimp, octopus, crabs and fish that are found close to their preferred reef habitat,” Seward said. Bottom fishing is the best way to catch gag grouper, using live bait, including squid and cigar minnows.

Use a depth finder to find deep-water rock ledges, artificial reefs and shipwrecks, a gag grouper ’s favorite hiding place. An annual shallow-water grouper spawning season closure runs Jan. 1-April 30 in federal waters off the coasts of North Carolina and South Carolina, except red grouper, for which the season remains closed until June 1.

Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use hooking tools when fishing for the snapper grouper species. “This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed and sold before the annual catch limit is reached and held in cold storage by a dealer,” said North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Executive Assistant to Councils Steve Poland, who is also a representative with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

A stock assessment update, Sedan 53, for red grouper was completed in February 2017 using data through 2015. Therefore, on Sept. 27, 2017, NFS sent a letter to the council stating that the South Atlantic red grouper stock was not making adequate progress toward rebuilding.

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“For red grouper, this final rule extends the closure season formerly from January to April, to January through May of each year for the next ten years for the commercial and recreational portions off North and South Carolina, and establishes a commercial trip limit,” said Poland. This final rule establishes a commercial trip limit for red grouper harvested in the South Atlantic EEA of 200 pounds, gutted weight.

The trip limit is expected to help rebuild the red grouper stock by discouraging directed commercial fishing for the species, although it is not likely to substantially reduce the current level of commercial harvest of red grouper, according to the National Register. “The council selected a commercial trip limit that in combination with extending the spawning season cloture for red grouper off North Carolina and South Carolina would help keep down harvest numbers to help rebuild the stock,” Poland said.

You can help pay some cost by sponsoring a day on CRO for as little as $100 or by donating any amount you're comfortable with. No one has ventured a guess as to why there are so many huge gag grouper being caught this summer, but everyone is glad to hear the stories and see the pictures.

In addition, several huge gags have been caught that weren’t eligible for state records because the anglers used electric reels to wrestle them from the depths. The barrage of big gags began on May 1 when Jim Lasher of Isle of Palms, S.C. headed offshore with some coworkers and Capt.

Floyd kept an eye on his fish finder on the way in and pulled back the throttle on a piece of structure in 160 feet of water. Lasher dropped a 6 ounce Pro Buck tail Jig, sweetened with a small piece of cut bait, to the bottom and the deal was on.

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Lasher first weighed it at Isle of Palms Marina and then at Harrell’s Point Tackle to confirm the weight. Lasher called the South Carolina DNR office, but it was after hours and no one was available to check the fish until the next morning.

Alex and Anthony NG have been grouper fishing for more than 30 years and aren’t strangers to big fish. However, both recorded their largest gag groupers ever this year and the fish were approximately three weeks and three miles apart.

He was fishing in 180 feet of water approximately 40 miles out of Beaufort Inlet when the big gag hit. He had the drag tightened down all the way and the fish took line easily enough he thought it might be a shark or big amber jack.

Neither he, nor his fishing buddy Bradley Brown were prepared to see the big grouper that rolled up beside the boat. It was hours later when they opened the fish box to take it to the certified scales at Chain’ Tails Outdoors and NG said it looked larger than he remembered.

Several weeks later Alex NG headed offshore on a grouper trip with his brother Anthony. They couldn’t help but talk about Alex’s big fish as they headed to another structure a few miles away from where it had been caught.

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Anthony NG said they had a couple of nice grouper in the fish box when a big dolphin swam by. Alex had just rebated, but not dropped over, so he grabbed a spinning rod and cast a bait towards the dolphin.

Anthony said it ran so far he was just waiting for that telltale twitch as the line rubs a rock and breaks, but it never came. His main purpose on this trip was to introduce his kids, Summer and Sawyer, to dolphin fishing, hoping they would like catching them as much as he had as a youngster.

After trolling for a while, he realized he was near a ledge that had produced several nice grouper in the past, so he stopped to make a couple of drops and see if there was anyone home this time. NOTE: The current N.C. gag grouper record is 47 pounds, 4 ounces and is held by Greece Gaul with a fish caught off Wrightsville Beach last year.

A spokesman with the NC Division of Marine Fisheries confirmed that at least one state record application has been received and is being vetted. Photo: NOAA Grouper are large, fat-bodied fish with huge mouths and will eat just about anything they can fit in those choppers.

“Adult gag grouper live in nearshore waters from coastal North Carolina south to Brazil and as well as in the Gulf of Mexico. Smaller gag are a lot of lighter in coloring, and have numerous dark brown, or charcoal, kiss-like marks along their sides.

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“Young gag grouper will live in oyster reefs, estuaries and seagrass beds from Massachusetts to Cape Canaveral, Florida. The coloration of red grouper helps to distinguish this species from gag with its head and body being dark reddish brown, shading pink or reddish or even pale pink along the lower part of its body,” Nash said.

“In North Carolina, gag will typically spawn in February and have clear larvae, which then make their way into estuaries. As water temperatures start to go down in the fall, juvenile gag will migrate from estuaries to offshore hard bottom habitat and larger members of their species,” said Seward.

Seward noted that all grouper are considered protogynous intersex, “that is they start their lives as females, and a part of the population will morph, or make the change, to males as they get older. Females start to reach sexual maturity when they are about 24 inches in total length and about 3 years old.

They are voracious predators, and will feed on whatever they can capture including scad, snapper, grunt, sardines, crabs, porgies, shrimp and squid, said Seward. Red grouper sitting on sand habitat 45 degrees to camera full body view mouth open.

In addition to their color, red grouper can be distinguished from gag by the sloped, straight line of their spiny dorsal fin. “The red grouper is also a protogynous intersex and females are sexually mature by the time they reach 4 years old,” Seward said.

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Females typically will let go an average of 1.5 million pelagic eggs that stay at the surface for between 30-40 days before finally settling down to the bottom. “Red grouper may live to be as old as 25 years of age, with older specimens reaching a size of 32.5 inches and up to 25 pounds.

They will feed on lobster, shrimp, octopus, crabs and fish that are found close to their preferred reef habitat,” Seward said. Bottom fishing is the best way to catch gag grouper, using live bait, including squid and cigar minnows.

Use a depth finder to find deep-water rock ledges, artificial reefs and shipwrecks, a gag grouper ’s favorite hiding place. Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use hooking tools when fishing for the snapper grouper species.

“This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed and sold before the annual catch limit is reached and held in cold storage by a dealer,” said North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries Executive Assistant to Councils Steve Poland, who is also a representative with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council. A stock assessment update, Sedan 53, for red grouper was completed in February 2017 using data through 2015.

Therefore, on Sept. 27, 2017, NFS sent a letter to the council stating that the South Atlantic red grouper stock was not making adequate progress toward rebuilding. So, NFS took steps in 2018 to immediately end overfishing of red grouper by reducing the total commercial and recreational annual catch limits, based on the acceptable biological catch recommendation from the council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee.

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“For red grouper, this final rule extends the closure season formerly from January to April, to January through May of each year for the next ten years for the commercial and recreational portions off North and South Carolina, and establishes a commercial trip limit,” said Poland. This final rule establishes a commercial trip limit for red grouper harvested in the South Atlantic EEA of 200 pounds, gutted weight.

The trip limit is expected to help rebuild the red grouper stock by discouraging directed commercial fishing for the species, although it is not likely to substantially reduce the current level of commercial harvest of red grouper, according to the National Register. “The council selected a commercial trip limit that in combination with extending the spawning season cloture for red grouper off North Carolina and South Carolina would help keep down harvest numbers to help rebuild the stock,” Poland said.

Many of North Carolina’s record bottom fish have been caught right here in Hatteras. On a typical day of bouncing the bottom, we will start fishing in 100-300 feet of water.

Once you are tired of cranking a limit of trigger fish or bass, we will move out deeper to fish for Blue line Tile fish, Golden Tile fish, and a variety of Grouper (Snowy, Yellow edge, Wreck fish). You can also expect to catch Barrel fish, Sand Tile, Glass Eye Snapper, Rose fish, Streamer Bass, and a variety of sharks.

Gag grouper have long, compressed bodies and 11 to 14 rays in the anal fins. Smaller fish are much lighter and have numerous dark brown or charcoal kiss-like marks along the sides.

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The scamp, M. final, and black grouper, M. Monaco, closely resemble the gag and often occur in the same habitat. Gag have deeply notched properties, distinguishing them from black grouper.

Young gag inhabit estuaries from Massachusetts to Cape Canaveral. Spawning takes place in February off the coast of the Carolina's and in January through March in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gag may live for 26 years and grow to be 58 inches in length and weigh up to 81 pounds. Gag often congregate around rocky ledges and swim in small groups.

They are predators of round scad, sardines, porgies, snappers, grunts, crabs, shrimp and squid. The caudal (tail) and anal fins of the gag have white margins, while the black grouper does not.

Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use hooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. At least one hooking device is required and must be used as needed to remove hooks embedded in South Atlantic snapper- grouper with minimum damage.

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Definition of a Descending Device: an instrument to which is attached a minimum of a 16 ounce weight and a length of line that will release the fish at the depth from which the fish was caught or a minimum of 60 feet. Since minimizing surface time is critical to increasing survival, descending devices shall be readily available for use while engaged in fishing.

Click the image for a summary of regulations for some snapper grouper species Open Season: May 1 – December 31 Note: since this species is managed under an Annual Catch Limit, the fishery could close if the commercial Annual Catch Limit is met or projected to be met.

Annual Shallow-Water Grouper Spawning Season Closure: January 1 – April 30 Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use hooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species.

At least one hooking device is required and must be used as needed to remove hooks embedded in South Atlantic snapper- grouper with minimum damage. Definition of a Descending Device: an instrument to which is attached a minimum of a 16 ounce weight and a length of line that will release the fish at the depth from which the fish was caught or a minimum of 60 feet.

Since minimizing surface time is critical to increasing survival, descending devices shall be readily available for use while engaged in fishing. The use of non-stainless steel hooks when fishing for snapper- grouper species with hook-and-line gear and natural baits south of 28º north latitude.

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This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the annual catch limit being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. A quick look at a map of the North Carolina coastline shows you how the state juts out into the Atlantic Ocean, meaning the Gulf Stream and lots of great offshore fishing await anglers in the know.

Vernal Foster and his Hatteras-based Albatross Fleet are widely credited with beginning the state’s offshore fishing craze that’s bigger and better than ever more than 80 years later. The Outer Banks remains a hub for offshore fishing opportunities, including boats heading out of Hatteras, Mantel, Watches and Oregon Inlet.

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With the arrival of our first few mild cold fronts, Red and Gag Grouper have begun their fall migration into nearshore shallow water haunts. This seasonal migration offers bay boat anglers the opportunity to target keeper sized grouper well within sight of land.

They often relate to very low profile exposed limestone and soft coral areas. It’s a wonderful way to scout for new fishing areas and it’s also great for pulling big grouper away from heavy structure.

These depths generally produce Gag Grouper, so I’m looking to troll near hard bottom areas with small breaks and ledges. Make sure to mark your GPS when a fish is hooked for a second round of trolling or jigging.

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Heavy action spinning outfits are preferred for jigging, they offer a lighter weight package that’s more comfortable to fish for extended periods of time. Casting and Jigging Soft Baits, like the Holy Pro Tail Series is excellent for covering bottom while drifting and on anchor.

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Outer Banks catch can include Tuna, Bluefish, Sea Bass and Stripes, Flounder, Speckled Trout, Snapper and Grouper. The unbelievable False Albacore blitz off Markers Island is best in late October through November and possibly into December.

The peak of the Striped Bass season is fall, winter and spring with the best top water bite occurring in October, November and December. Slow fishing will be the order of the day for large mouth and statistically deeper.

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