Grouper Of Texas

Earl Hamilton
• Monday, 28 December, 2020
• 9 min read

Texas is blessed with a great many grouper species offshore, in sufficient numbers to pursue on a year-round basis. Late summer generally offers flattened seas and that makes it easier to reach these fish.

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Such depths are more easily reached along the middle and South Texas coasts, while anglers in Sabine Pass would have the longest run offshore. Gas inside each fish doubles every 33 feet as it rises to the surface, so a deep-water grouper (or snapper) will balloon and float.

Our grouper caught in 900 feet typically have ruptured scales, their eyes bugged out and stomachs fully extended. Black grouper : Smaller specimens grow up on the coral reefs of Florida and the Caribbean, and then move into deeper water.

I've only heard of a few big ones migrating to Texas waters, where they're occasionally caught around coral and rocks like the Clay piles off Galveston. This is a big, aggressive, opportunistic fish that has been known to follow boats and strike trolled baits on the surface in 100 feet of water, in the Florida Keys.

Also known to carry ciguatera poisoning, because of its affinity for eating smaller fish living around coral reefs, where the toxin is produced. Gags start their life in very shallow water, preferably grass flats, then migrate offshore.

Years ago on Halloween we caught a stringer of 10 at the South Padre jetties, on 52M Mirrors when the water was quite clear, and should have released them all. Gags like to bunch up in a spawning aggregation late each winter, with hundreds of females and only a few males to mate with.

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This makes for poor spawning success, and this scenario remains the gag grouper's Achilles' heel. Goliath grouper : Formerly called “Jewish” or (even earlier) “sunfish”, these guys grow to about 800 pounds, yet inhabit depths of only 12 feet or so, on occasion.

We've caught lots of them under shady mangrove trees in southwest Florida, where Naples is the center of the Goliath grouper universe. Federally protected since 1990 Gulf-wide, their numbers are now such that they will attack hooked fish around the wrecks offshore in 30 to 50 feet, separating fishermen from their shook, permit, snapper and grouper, even blacktop sharks.

There are countless shrimp boat wrecks off the beach offering shelter to these giants, and Texas probably has the biggest series of fish-sheltering rock jetties of any coastal state. Catch and release only, so don't drag your Goliath into the boat for a hero picture, it's hard on the grouper's vertebrae.

Be sure to dump your extra stingrays in the rocks when you leave; it helps sustain the local population of Goliath, and they will appreciate the gesture. Grays by: More of a coral grouper, and visitor from The Bahamas, I've only seen one, a hefty specimen of eight pounds or so, at the Served Rigs off Galveston.

It seems our planted, deepwater platforms in 800-900 feet have become population islands for tropical fish from The Bahamas and Caribbean. Misty Grouper : Commonly found in deeper waters along our Atlantic coast and The Bahamas.

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Red hind grouper : This is a coral reef visitor from the Caribbean, and we've caught them at the Flower Gardens at night, on cut bait. Small red hinds are thick in The Bahamas and fierce enough to hit trolled plugs as large as themselves.

Rock hind grouper : Very common at Texas Gulf platforms, ranging a half-pound up to maybe three pounds. I've talked to Florida Atlantic anglers who have never heard of snowiest of that size, but I told them it was in Texas, where all fish grow larger.

We caught ours on large fillets of blue runner for some reason black fin tuna strip baits didn't work as well. Speckled hind grouper : I haven't actually seen one of these in the Western Gulf, but a friend, Alan Reynolds in Port Niches, saw one landed in about 600 feet out of Venice, Louisiana back in early June.

Most big Warsaw years ago were landed by the party boat crews on the typical 80-200 foot snapper rocks during late winter and early spring, when these fish were spawning in (for them) shallow water. Yellow edge grouper : This is a deepwater fish and fairly numerous; commercial boats target them with long trot lines on the bottom.

The specimen I caught in the picture hit around midnight, about 120 miles southeast of Sabine Pass. Dolphin Docks Deep Sea FishingEarlier this month, a Texas angler reeled in a possible world and state-record marbled grouper during an offshore fishing trip in Port Arkansas.

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Dolphin Dock Deep Sea Fishing told mySA.com that Erik Peterson, of Pflugerville, made the catch while out on a 56-hour trip with Captain Timmy Ostrich. To make it official at the state level, Dolphin Dock Deep Sea Fishing said Tow needs to certify and approve the catch.

Marbled Grouper (Dermatologist INERIS) are found in caves or deep crevices, in waters ranging from North Carolina to along the eastern coast of the United States and the Bahamas, as well as in the Gulf of Mexico. Data shows the fish are rarely seen or caught due to their natural tendency to dart away when frightened or approached, according to a report from the American Fisheries Society.

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Warsaw groupers spend their growing years in bays, and around jetties, artificial reefs and offshore old platforms. In his book published that year, William Damper the explorer logged an expedition to Jamaica, where the Jewish minority there favored the grandest kosher fish.

In Florida, with this protection, they’ve become something of a problem, eating countless hooked fish, even blacktop sharks. And make no mistake, Goliath are perfectly happy in murky, even milk chocolate muddy water.

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This is shallowest grouper of about 14 species in the Gulf and Atlantic, spending perhaps its entire life in less than 100 feet of water. There is a story from years ago of a big one that lived under the dock at Clark’s Marina in POC.

They said when the shrimp boats docked, they would soon dump buckets of shrimp heads overboard, and they’d see the big grouper come up and inhale gallons of heads. Back in our serious spearfishing days at the platforms off Sabine Pass, or the South Padre jetties, we’d see big Goliath, but our light spears practically bounced off them.

Shooting at a variety of fish species, we became very accurate with the short 3-band guns we had; I even speared pompano a few times. The smaller of the two fish dragged me endlessly through bottom murk and pipes overgrown with barnacles like an underwater obstacle course.

Sensing time was running out, I pulled myself up the cable onto his back and finally steered him up to the boat; the water was only 30 feet deep. We set both fish in the bow, so we could get the boat up on plane, the Johnson 70 horse outboard straining with the heavy load.

Back at the Sportsman’s Supply in Sabine Pass, the two fish weighed 165 and 210 pounds on the store scales. Filleting each (fish) was like cleaning a hog, and I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the meat, with lots of fatty strips.

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I’ve seen one video of a hooked cow nose ray circling under the boat, and a huge Goliath rising to inhale it near the surface. And, pictures of guys on a Florida pass using heavy tackle and frozen stingrays for bait.

So, imagine drifting a fresh stingray deep around the end of a Texas jetty, when the tide has slowed. Years ago I scuba dived the end of one jetty, and saw four big Goliath cruising by, averaging about 150 pounds each.

Those big puppies would have been real happy to find a fresh stingray, of which Texas bays are in plentiful supply. After getting hooked, these fish would make a power dive into the nearest hole unless stopped with heavy tackle.

In Florida, I’ve hooked a few Goliath in recent years, often in water as shallow as 12 feet. What a region: That incredible maze of sheltering mangrove islands stretches for about 70 miles, from Flamingo to Naples, now the center of the universe for Goliath grouper.

On a previous trip we stopped at a channel marker in Florida Bay just south of Flamingo and I tossed out a live, 2-pound jack crevasse, and a huge Goliath inhaled it within 10 seconds. It was a savage battle at close quarters, more like fighting a manatee, and we had to crank the engine and motor away from the pilings about 40 yards.

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We kept it in the water; it’s now considered uncool and I think prohibited in Florida, to drag Goliath into the boat for hero pictures. It was Gus pan-Arabist, a Houston firefighter, who caught our state record Goliath grouper at Galveston’s north jetties.

Adult gulf grouper are mainly found around rocky reefs, underwater mountains, and kelp beds. The life cycle of gulf grouper makes them especially vulnerable to overfishing.

Direct harvest of gulf grouper, especially at spawning aggregation sites, is the biggest threat to the species. Texas is blessed with a great many grouper species offshore, in sufficient numbers to pursue on a year-round basis.

Groupers are Telecasts, typically having a stout body and a large mouth. They are not built for long-distance, fast swimming. A number of marine species are protected by federal and state regulations, including some types of grouper, snapper, turtles, saw fish, sturgeon, dolphins, whales and many more.

This means that there are fewer male groupers left in the oceans, which makes reproduction more difficult. Gag groupers will even hang in water only a few feet deep if there are structure and bait fish nearby.

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NOAA Fisheries conducts various research activities on the biology, behavior, and ecology of the gulf grouper. Outside a known population in Bahia Magdalena, there is no published evidence of gulf grouper along the Pacific coast of the Baja California peninsula.

Their abundance has severely declined since the mid-20th century primarily because of direct harvest by commercial and artisanal fisheries. Such a lively offering is a better bet for luring a grouper out of its hiding place.

They can be quite large, and lengths over a meter and the largest is the Atlantic Goliath grouper (Epimetheus Tamara) which has been weighed at 399 kilograms (880 pounds) and a length of 2.43 m (7 ft 11 1 2 in), though in such a large group, species vary considerably. Receive both the printed Magazine mailed to you monthly and access to all our... READ MORE, Over the years, Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine has been the source of some of the most valuable advice, articles, tips and reviews related to fishing the Gulf Coast... READ MORE, Our user's privacy is important to us at SF Magazine.

Call the NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Hotline at (800) 853-1964 to report a federal marine resource violation. Adult gulf grouper gather in large groups to reproduce once per year.

The common name grouper is usually given to fish in one of two large genera: Epimetheus and Mycteroperca. Texas Medicaid has a wide variety of programs that help low-income women, families, seniors, and kids stay healthy, including: Children’s Medicaid (including Texas Health Steps) ... MHP to Revert to Grouper Version 36 of the APR-DRG System to Process Inpatient Claims.

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Even if these fisherman release grouper, they can still die from the injuries or stress caused by their capture. Deeper sea waters off the coast stretching into the Gulf of Mexico produce the popular red snapper and other types of snapper, grouper, mackerel, tarpon, amber jack, and shark.

These deep drop techniques will help you find these fish in 400–1,300 feet of water. Our scientists collect population information and present the data in annual stock assessment reports.

Despite... Nassau Grouper … Had a break in the weather window, and we geared up and headed out to the flower gardens in hope of some fishing action !!! Black grouper are perhaps the largest species of the Mycteroperca genus found in the Atlantic Ocean.

Physical barriers, such as shoreline and offshore development can also threaten gulf grouper by limiting their access to important breeding or feeding areas. We published the proposed rule to list the gulf grouper as endangered under the ESA on September 23, 2015.

That means cranking up a lot of line, but a 50-pound “snowy” is always welcome in the … 23) Flounder: Not only is it one of the weirdest looking fish in the ocean it’s also one of the tastiest. We published the final rule to list the gulf grouper as endangered under the ESA on October 20, 2016.

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Warsaw groupers spend their growing years in bays, and around jetties, artificial reefs and offshore old platforms. Scientific … First, adult gulf grouper gather in large groups at the same time every year to reproduce.

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