With the opening of red snapper, many anglers running deep have run into big gags, and none were bigger than the beast that Brian Turner and crew of team Hauling’ Grass caught 80 miles offshore in 200 feet of water. Turner would find his a few pounds behind, somewhere in the mid-70-pound range, one of the biggest gags I’ve ever heard being caught from Bradenton.
Turner has a new challenge ahead this week, targeting billfish in Cuba. Joining him aboard Turner’s 42-foot Yellow fin will be fellow local marlin expert Scott Cricket to fish the 66th Ernest Hemingway International Billfish Tournament.
They only need to fish within two miles of Havana Harbor, where it’s several thousand feet deep.” I can say that as our four-man crew limited on American red snapper in 30-minutes during the short two-day extension.
We also came across a few tuna, yellowtail snapper and big red grouper as well before heading in to beat the storms. If that’s any indication of the bite in deeper water, I expect to see some awesome fish weighed in.
Jim Lasher (left) poses with record -setting gag grouper. A massive grouper caught off South Carolina has been sliced into fillets and stuffed into tortillas as fish tacos, but not before it was certified as a state record.
Jim Lasher, a Sullivan’s Island chef, caught the 54-pound, 4-ounce gag grouper last week after a 25-minute fight 40 miles off Charleston. According to the Post and Courier, the record was certified by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
The group had been targeting mahi-mahi on the surface until Lasher dropped a jig 160 feet, to hopefully entice a grouper or snapper. The Post and Courier reports that Lasher smoked some meat, made tacos for a feast, and gave fillets to other friends.
Mycteroperca microbes, the gag, gag grouper, velvet rock fish or charcoal belly, is a species of marine ray-finned fish, a grouper from the subfamilyEpinephelinae which is part of the familySerranidae, which also includes the antics and sea basses. It comes from warmer parts of the West Atlantic, including the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.
Its pattern of markings resembles the box-shaped spots of the black grouper (Mycteroperca Monaco). Mycteroperca microbes has an oblong, robust body which is laterally compressed.
The depth of the body is normally less than the length of the head
The dorsal profile of the head is convex and the properly has a rounded lobe at its angle which is has enlarged serrations. The adult females and the juveniles are normally pale gray to brown-grey marked with darker blotches and wavy lines that give a marbled appearance to the upper flanks and back.
When resting they often assume a camouflage pattern with 5 dark brown saddles separated by white bars along the base of the dorsal fin. The large adult males are typically pale to medium gray in color, with an indistinct reticulated pattern underneath the dorsal fin.
They are darker gray or black on the breast and belly, with a similar color on the margins of the soft rated part of the dorsal find the caudal fin, as well as the posterior margins of the pectoral and pelvic fins. This species attains a maximum total length of 145 centimeters (57 in) although 50 centimeters (20 in) is a more common length, and the maximum published weight attained is 36.5 kilograms (80 lb).
Mycteroperca microbes have different habitat preferences as juveniles and adults. The juveniles are found in estuaries and beds of seagrass while the adults are found farther offshore over rocky substrates at depths of 40 to 10 meters (131 to 33 ft) and have been recorded as deep as 152 meters (499 ft).
It is one of the commonest species of grouper on the eastern Gulf of Mexico. They have been recorded producing thumping sounds when under stress, this is done by vibrating the swim bladder using muscular contractions.
The adults are predators on fishes (including smaller conspecifics), crabs, shrimps, and cephalopods while the smaller juveniles prey on crustaceans within the beds of seagrass in shallow waters. The fishes preyed are largely herring, sea bream, jacks and pompanos, drums and gray mullet.
This species is a protogynous hermaphrodite, all fish start life as females, attaining sexual maturity between the ages of 5 and 6 years old and having reached a total length of 67 to 75 centimeters (26 to 30 in), they will spawn at least once and then some will change sex and become males. In the offshore waters between North Carolina and Florida during 1976-1982 the sex ration was found to favor females, with 84% of the population being female, 15% were males and 1% were in the process of sex change.
In the Atlantic coastal waters between North Carolina and Florida there are annual migrations in late winter, these migrations involve sexually mature fishes moving to offshore spawning grounds where at depths of 70 meters (230 ft). The spawning season in this region runs from December through May, peaking in late March and early April.
After spawning the females move towards shallower waters, with depths less than 30 meters (98 ft) while the males prefer waters of 50 to 90 meters (160 to 300 ft) They maximum recorded age is 31 years. Mycteroperca microbes is targeted by commercial and recreational fisheries using handling, bottom longline and speargun.
Fishermen target the spawning aggregation while the juveniles are frequently caught as by catch in the bait-shrimp fishery that fishes over seagrass beds. There have been reports of ciguatera poisoning among humans following the consumption of flesh from M. microbes.
This species is threatened by and is vulnerable to overfishing and both Mexico and the United States have introduced conservation measures. Shore fishes of the Greater Caribbean online information system.
Groupers of the world (family Serranidae, subfamily Epinephrine). A Florida man has caught a huge black grouper that could break the world record set 12 years ago off the Texas coast.
Alex Newman of Bonita Springs caught a grouper weighing 124.18 pounds on Saturday during a charity tournament in Fort Myers, according to the News Press. As of Tuesday afternoon, Newman had not submitted an application to have his catch recorded by the International Game Fish Association based in Dania Beach, Fla., according to the group's world records' coordinator.
The coordinator, Jack Vivek, said by email that once the application is received, it will take at least two months to process. The previous record holder weighed 124 pounds and was caught Jan. 11, 2003, in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, by Tim Overstretch, according to the game fish association, the News Press reported.
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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. 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.
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. A teenage girl from Farmington, Minnesota, was quite surprised when she wobbled in what turned out to be a mere Goliath that broke world records while on vacation with her family in Florida.
Reagan Werner was on a deep-sea fishing trip with his brother, mother and stepfather near Marco Island on May 31, the Twin Cities pioneering press reported. In Florida, the Goliath grouper is a protected species and harvesting fish is prohibited.
The Goliath grouper's overall record still stands at 680 pounds, and was hooked in 1961. By Lynn Joyner, reported the International Game Fish Association. In Florida, the Goliath grouper is a protected species and harvesting fish is prohibited.
Unfortunately in that period, the boat usually used by Jason and Made was out of the water for servicing, but, thanks to the ready assistance of Peter Ruysenaars of the Emma Channel Fishing Club, Jason Alexis with Magdalena as a skipper, and Barbara and Cosmos as mates, managed to satisfy the request of Nelson and his friends, and venture towards Latham Island, by using one of Peter's boat, Shari. We all knew that it was a big fish, but we could not recognize what from the fighting attitude: a massive take, several powerful short runs, broken by periods where it was almost impossible to gain a centimeter of line.