If these unconfirmed reports can be considered valid, the giant grouper can actually grow up to 14 feet and 1,318 lb. Giant groupers feed on many types of wildlife, such as smaller fish and sea turtles.
The giant grouper has even been known to feed on small sharks. Due to the large size of the giant grouper, this fish species is a very popular target for anglers. In many regions, the population of this species has decreased drastically due to over fishing. In the 1990’s, the giant grouper was given the Vulnerable status by the IUCN.
In terms of appearance, the giant grouper is black and yellow during the juvenile stage. Adult giant groupers, on the other hand, are green-grey and grey-brown with small black spots. The giant grouper has a round tail and a very large mouth.
Methods for Grouper Fishing – In order to increase your chances of success, you’re going to need to use a much larger tackle than usual. If there are plenty of rocks in the area where you are fishing, it’s best to use the absolute heaviest tackle you can find. This is also true if you expect to catch a fish that is more than 50 pounds in weight, which is most giant groupers. You should use a braided line because it has no-stretch qualities that will give a grouper fish a chance to get away. Your reel should have a quality drag with as much stopping power as possible. While it is possible to catch a grouper with a spinning tackle, you should definitely go with a conventional tackle if you are set on catching a grouper fish.
You can use dead bait, live bait, or lures to catch grouper fish. The most effective method is to use live bait in most cases. Any large bait fish that is prevalent in the area should work well for you. If you want to use a lure, you can use metal jigs, jerk baits, and deep diving plugs. Pink and orange are two colors that work very well for lures when it comes to fishing for giant groupers.
Excellent Fishing Spots – The Goliath grouper is a saltwater fish, which means it is found in oceans. This fish species tends to live in shallow tropical waters. They prefer to stay close to coral and artificial reefs at depths of 16 to 164 feet. The range of the giant grouper includes the Brazilian coast, the Caribbean, the Florida Keys, and the Bahamas. Less commonly, the giant grouper is also found in the coast of New England near Massachusetts and Maine. The giant grouper occurs from Senegal to the Congo in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
When selecting the perfect fishing spot to fish for giant grouper, you need to consider conservation efforts of various countries. For example, the United States began protecting the giant grouper in 1990 while the Caribbean began to protect the species in 1993. Therefore, in the United States and the Caribbean, the fish is completely protected from harvest.
If you’re up to the challenge, you should definitely consider going on a fishing trip with your close friends to catch a giant grouper. While it won’t be easy, you will likely be successful if you heed the tips above.