Fishing For Monster Goliath Groupers

In this episode of BlacktipH, Josh is joined once again by NFL star linebacker Sam Barrington from the Green Bay Packers to go fishing for monster goliath groupers off the coast of Florida. We started off the day catching bonito (false albacore) for bait. After catching half a dozen albies for bait, Sam was ready to start goliath grouper fishing. Sam hooked up to his first goliath grouper and immediately got yanked forward. After an intense short fight, Sam Barrington landed his first goliath grouper. The day ended with Sam catching four goliath groupers. Sam’s friends Johan and Richard both caught a goliath grouper, adding up a total of six goliath groupers for the day.

More info. about Goliath Groupers

Appearance

  • Head and fins have tiny dark spots
  • Irregular dark bars on the sides
  • Eyes are small and set forward
  • Caudal and pectoral fins are rounded
  • First dorsal fin is much shorter than the second dorsal fin
  • Dorsal spines low; all nearly the same height

Similar Species: Warsaw grouper, H. nigritus (dorsal spines at varying heights)

Size: Up to 8 feet and 800 pounds; largest grouper species in western Atlantic waters

 Habitat

Coastal and nearshore waters over structure or muddy bottoms. Young often occur in estuaries, especially around oyster bars. More abundant in southern Florida than in northern waters.

 Behavior

Spawn during summer months and have a lifespan of 30 to 50 years.

Opportunistic predators and feed mostly on slow-moving, bottom-associated species. Calico crabs make up the majority of their diet, with other invertebrate species and fish filling in the rest. Will occasionally feed on fish that are struggling on a fishing line, but they have not been shown to actively hunt down fast, free swimming fish such as snappers and groupers. Prey is ambushed, caught by a rapid expansion and opening of the mouth that allows prey to be sucked in and swallowed whole.

 Additional Information

Prohibited from harvest.