As an added bonus, you can even buy grouper online through us in minutes and have your fillets shipped directly to your door overnight for the ultimate in convenience. The subtlety of its flavor makes it a perfect combination for marinades, dressings, or even just a little drizzle of olive oil, black pepper, or lemon juice.
Salt and pepper and a dash of lemon juice, often mixed in a small bowl and then drizzled over your fish, is often more than enough to get your grouper fillets tasting absolutely phenomenal. Here at Eaton Street Seafood, we pride ourselves on providing the highest-quality fish for sale to the discerning seafood lover.
All we need is your name, email address, and any other contact information you give us, and we'll ensure that you'll receive a response in minutes, not hours. Groupers are a species of fish that belong to the Epinephrine subfamily of the family Serranidae.
If you are casting in the shallows, use jerk bait and retrieve it erratically to lure the fish out in the open. You will need heavy tackle, especially if there are a lot of rocks under the water where you are fishing and a braided line that can withstand the powerful pull of a caught grouper.
If you are using spinning tackle, make sure that the reel is heavy enough to withstand an 80 to 100-pound test mainline and a low gear ratio to give you more control. This tackle will come in handy when the panicking grouper fish tries to swim under a ledge to break the line.
For live bait, use pinkish, grunts, blue runner, sardines, and mullet. The grouper is a lean and moist fish that has a mild flavor, and the flesh is firm and flaky.
Photo by #BullbusterAmbassador Big Bully Outdoors of some nice grouper caught on Bull buster Braid ! Regrouped are plentiful on shallow reefs on both the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts.
As always “DearMeatForDinner” puts together a great production on how to fillet a fish. Check out this video he posted on how to fillet your red grouper.
* Also remember the sharper your knife the easier it is going to be filleted your fish. This is one of the best meats inside a grouper, so we decided to share this recipe with you first.
How To Make Thai Style Regrouped : This is a great recipe posted by “LearnToCook”. Red pepper1 tsp minced fresh ginger1 clove garlic minced scallion cut on a bias tsp Thai red curry paste mixed with1-2 Tbsp.
Coconut milk1-2 leaves Thai or regular basil1 tsp Tamarind paste (optional) Place stick-cut carrot and celery on bottom half of foil.
Pour 1 T coconut milk/curry paste mixture over fish and add minced ginger and garlic.4. Fold over edges of foil to from package, starting with the top of the ‘heart’ to create an airtight seal.
This article was part of a series of articles on how to cook your catch, and part of a bigger goal that Bull buster has to help you spend more time fishing. We have posted recipes in this article series that have been around in a fishing family for over three generations, we hope that we can keep these traditions alive as part of our mission to help you spend more time fishing.
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It is our mission to help millions of anglers spend more time fishing and that starts with YOU! Red grouper are beautiful fish that can weight very heavy on the hook, even when caught in smaller sizes.
They’re tough predators, can put quite a fight and can provide the angler with a lot of thrills. They prefer muddy and rocky bottoms, but can be caught in a variety of habitats such as open seas, shallow seas, subtidal aquatic beds, coral reefs, rocky shores, sandy shores, estuaries waters, intertidal flats, intertidal marshes, coastal saline lagoons, coastal freshwater lagoons, and karts.
In colder months they move back inshore, and sometimes you can get big ones in water as shallow as 20 ft. Like most predator fish that feed close to the bottom, when a red grouper grabs the bait and feels resistance, it will try to run to the nearest hiding place.
However, they are also interested in lures, and catching them with jigs and jerk baits in shallower water can be very entertaining. A red grouper will basically gulp any fish passing by, if it looks appetizing and it can fit in its mouth.
Make sure though that you hook them by the dorsal fin or their lower jaw, to live longer. Cutting bigger bait fish in half at a 45° angle seems to have quite a great effect on the presentation, resulting in more bites.
If you want to catch red grouper with lures, best jerk baits and jigs are always a good call. Some lures to try out are Your Minnows, Mirror Deep Divers (red, orange and black silver), Salas Jigs in Green / Blue Sardine, or squid imitating jigs such as the ones from Charities.
Shakespeare makes quite a few Ugly Sticks for this purpose, with an OK price / quality ratio. So, equip your rod with a 4/0 Penn Senator or Abu Garcia Seascape bait casting reel.
It’s always best to go with braided line for groupers, because it gives you a better control of the fish right away, as it doesn’t stretch. Depending on the bait used, depth and fish size targeted, your line can be between 40-60lb.
Groupers are highly prized food fish especially at seafood restaurants where they are often seen swimming in tanks. My wallet had its first brush with a live grouper almost 20 years ago when I just graduated from medical school.
The fact that I still remember the price of the fish goes to show how much pain I felt at the time! Others maintain that it is because the fish gropes around the nooks and crannies in the coral reefs looking for food.
In Singapore, you will frequently find table sized groupers swimming in tanks in live seafood restaurants. Magnate Tailpiece are generally two types of red groupers seen at the wet market.
Their colors can range from olive green to reddish brown depending on where the fish are caught. The bluish spots on the Coral Trout, p lectropomus maculate are larger and oval.
There is also a blue ring around the eye and the tail fin is described as marginate meaning that it is con caved in shaped but not definitely forked. The ones from Indonesia tend to be more intensely orange- red while the ones from the local waters are pale orange.
Olive colored coral leopard grouper These fish can grow to a length of 120 cm but the larger specimens are usually around 70 cm at the market. Larger sized fish are usually cheaper and their meat is usually sliced and used for soups and stir fries.
Dusky tail Grouper Epimetheus sleeker (Gallant, 1878) Mandarin: (Shi ban you), (Hong Dan you ban) Malay: Iran Seraph KOR Gelcap Teacher/Tolkien: Hay GAO Cantonese: Deck Pan, Hong Kong: Cheung Six Ma Hung Plan. It is a superb eating fish and is highly prized in Hong Kong and is second only to the Sew Ma or Napoleon Wrasse.
The color ranges from greenish white to light greenish brown with large widely spaced black polka dots all over the body, and so they are sometimes also known as Polka dot cod. In Hong Kong, it is known as the Lou ship ban or mouse grouper because of its resemblance to the rodent.
Young specimens such as the one above have dark brown backs and light yellow undersides. The owner of Grouper King, Johnny Tan was the one who is believed to have started the trend of eating the giants back in the 1990’s.
The value of the fish lies in the large amount of collagen found in its skin, head and fins. The brown marbled grouper can be fished in our local waters but are not very commonly seen at the wet market.
So if you spot an unusual grouper swimming in a tank in a seafood restaurant somewhere, it may well be one of these hybrids! They serve as a guide for identification purposes as there is little information about their eating quality that I can find.
Camouflage grouper Epimetheus polyphekadion Mandarin: Teacher/Hopkins: You GAO Coral grouper are blotchy dirty white to pale brown with small widely spaced black spots that are smaller than the pupil, on head, body and finds.
Long fin Grouper Epimetheus buoyancy (Valentines, 1830) Mandarin (Shi ban you), (Mining ban) Malay:Iran Seraph CICAM, Seraph Tull Teacher/Tolkien: GAO Her Cantonese: Deck Pan This grouper is almost entirely covered by large hexagonal patches of dark reddish-brown color in a honeycomb pattern.
This is a small grouper that grows to 26 cm and distinguished by combination of bars on sides and spotted tail. This specimen was seen at the For Ah Sew market at a stall which sells fish caught from a belong.
Blue lined Grouper, Blue lined Hind, Blue lined Rock cod Cephalopods Formosa (Shaw, 1812) Mandarin: (Shi ban you), (LAN Xian Shi ban) Malay: Iran Seraph Paris Bird Teacher/Tolkien: GAO Her Cantonese: Deck Pan This fish is similar in shape to the Leopard Grouper but not as commonly found in the wet market.
The color is whitish beige to pale gray with numerous blue spots with dark edges on head, body and fins. This photo was taken at a live seafood restaurant and is a fish that has been caught in local waters.
You’ve probably seen groupers being caught and were simply amazed at just how large they are. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting fun facts and statistics about this popular fish.
You can find a range of types of grouper based in the Atlantic and the Gulf. Some of them include the scamp, black, snowy, gag, red, Warsaw, yellow fin, and speckled hind.
The Goliath Grouper is found off the coast of Florida in the Atlantic, as well. However, for sport anglers out there, keep in mind that this particular type of grouper is protected.
When people think about fish that they don’t want to meet while they are in the water, sharks are probably the top on that list, perhaps followed by barracuda. Take the video that you can find online from 2014 that shows a Goliath grouper rising right out of the depths and swallowing a… wait for it… Blacktop shark.
It circles the shark for a bit and then snatches it right out of the water before the angler can bring it on the boat. Since you now know that there are different types of grouper, this question becomes a bit more difficult to answer.
As with any type of fish, it will be important to make sure it is prepared properly if you want the best results. Try to work with a charter that knows and understands what it takes to successfully catch groupers.
A huge fish with a hard fight that will test you and your strongest tackle? These beasts of the deep hit like no other fish in the world and will strain even the strongest fisherman.
There is a reason that many people in South Florida seem to give up on all other species and target grouper specifically. While some people describe the fight as “like a large catfish,” this is like saying that a monster truck is “like a car.” The initial hit will bury the butt of your rod in your gut and leave you breathless.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a man made reef or natural, this is the preferred habitat. You can also find them near drop-offs, rock structure, and the steeper sides of shipping channels.
No matter the size, the grouper is a stout fish with a lot of strength. Their strength combined with their massive mouth makes them an outstanding ambush predator.
Normal foods are mostly baitfish, but they have been known to feed on crustaceans, squid, and just about anything else that gets too close. These makes bait selection for grouper quite easy as they will eat most anything if it gets close enough.
In the cooler months, grouper are likely to move closer to shore but there is no season that you can’t land one. On cooler, sunny days you can find good grouper fishing in as little as 15 feet of water.
The reel needs to be heavy and capable of holding 80 to 100-pound test line. You will need the strength of this setup to get the bests off the bottom or out of the holes they often run to when hooked.
You can successfully fish groper with a spinning reel as long as its heavy duty and can hold the right line. I’m pretty sure that even the largest wire hook would be straightened by a large grouper.
Either braided or mono main line works as long as it’s strong enough and you have a good leader. Being more abrasion resistant is a bonus when your quarry lives in rocky holes.
The following three are general purpose rigs that will work well for Grouper or any other bottom feeding species. This simple setup uses a three-way swivel with one loop attached to your mainline, one sinker, and one to your leader.
A heavier leader is preferred but the line to the sinker should be relatively light so it can be broken off if need be. The sinker will slide closer to the swivel as the bait settles.
This takes any slack out of the leader and gives you a shot at setting the hook before the fish darts back to cover. This rig offers any live bait more room to move and works well to draw out reluctant feeders.
In this case, the sinker is attached to the mainline above the swivel, usually by simply looping the line through. The main downside of this rig is that it gives a grouper plenty of time to get back home before you get the hook set.
Sardines are probably the most successful live bait, especially if caught fresh with a net or bait fish rig. Due to the noise they make, many fishermen swear by using live grunts as an at tractor for grouper.
Blue Runners are another popular fish if you are after larger grouper species. Grouper are not a picky species and will most anything including lady fish, menhaden, squirrel fish, and thread fin just to name a few.
Crab is a less popular bait for grouper but can work well of a bottom rig, especially for shallower water species. One of the biggest problems with using lures is getting down deep enough without getting hopelessly caught on the structure they call home.
While they are effective, you may need to add a piece of shrimp or other bait to the jig. Buck tails fished the same way can produce some good hits, especially with juvenile or smaller grouper.
Patterns that imitate sardine, mullet, and pinkish are probably the most popular and successful options. I will admit that I am a big fan of fishing spoons in general, I think they are an underrated lure option.
Getting hung up is a real concern with spoons but if you drag one in front of a grouper, there is a good chance he is going to take it. Grouper are not a fast fish and may ignore lures that move by too quickly.
Moderate your speed and pauses, you can expect more hits when the bait is left idle for a second. Though normally associated with open water fish, trolling is an excellent tactic to cover a lot of ground in your search for grouper.
You will have to factor in fuel cost but you may find it worthwhile to spend the extra money for a more likely catch. Off the coast of Miami, trolling for grouper has become a big part of the local fishing scene.
The idea is to get a large lipped diving plug and send it down to skim the sand in 20 to 30 feet of water. Your trolling speed should be slow and your lure should be running less than 20 feet from the abundant rock structure in the area.
If you pass your lure close by a waiting grouper, it is more than likely that he will rush out to grab it the moment he sees it. The Tampa fishermen will run the sides of shipping channels with a live bait suspend just along the steep edge.
Controlling your depth to keep it in range of the channel wall without getting it hung up requires some skill. The boat will easily haul them out of range of their cover and all that’s left is the fight.
If there are grouper, trolling is an effective tactic provided you can get a lure down deep enough. Usually, you will see fishermen using either live bait or large lipped diving plugs when trolling.
It may be worth a try just keep it slow so the scent of the bait has some time to spread. Keep your speed low, your lure deep, and stay close to structure.
If you get a hit from a large grouper, it may feel like you are hung up until it yanks hard on the line. That critical moment of the bite is your only shot at a solid hooks set.
After the shock of your first large grouper catch, the first order of business may be shaking some life back into your arms. It will surprise you just how hard a 20-pound grouper can pull compared to any other fish you have ever hooked.