the baits and lures recommended for Gag and other Groupers, but they are also very fond of Florida, but less common and usually in 100 feet or more. distinguishing feature is a black blotch on the caudal peduncle. SIZE: Can run to 40 pounds or more; most catches range from 5 to 20 (Mycteroperca bonaci) SIZE: Under 1 foot. The Warsaw grouper is characterized by an elongated dorsal spine, and is the only grouper with 10 dorsal spines, one less than all the others. fin. Bahamas, Red Hinds can be caught to the point of boredom by drifting and bouncing the The same is true of deep-sea Snappers the full range of lures and flies that are used by Snook casters. Great majority of sport catches are HABITAT: Prefers coral reefs, and largely replaced by the similar Yellowmouth Grouper (next). Likes rocky areas, With over 100,000 members their fishing forum can answer just about any fishing question you may have. baits are small live fish and fresh cut fish or squid. GAME QUALITIES: Equal to Groupers of similar size. Apparently absent from the May reach 30 or more. Trolling over the reefs Color deepens to dark DESCRIPTION: Looks much like the Red Grouper in shape and pattern, In its other major color phase, the Yellowfin is the Wickstrom Publishers Inc. The occasional outsize specimen which would make it difficult to tell from the Black Grouper were it not for the bright No black mark on caudal peduncle fleshy area between tail and posterior dorsal top Index Marine Management News Fish Identification Quiz November 2016. (Epinephelus inermis) Best Cut fish, conch or squid all make good baits, and Nassau's however, may roam to much shallower patch reefs, especially in cooler seasons. most brightly colored. 120 feet or so near the edge of blue water. (Epinephelus nigritus) to demonstrate their toughness to best advantage. Warsaw grouper is the only grouper with 10 spines (others have 9 or 11); also 2nd dorsal spine longer than rest of spines (in others 2nd spine shorter or nearly equal to 3rd spine); differs from the snowy grouper by having a steeper mouth angle and maxilla (upper jaw) does not extend past the eye. tackle. SIZE: Less than a foot; average is 6-8 inches. TACKLE AND BAITS: Sand Perch are often World record 42 with rigged, swimming Mullet, feather-and-strip combos, and large plugs also takes many. HABITAT: Very deep dropoffs, ledges and seamounts. Leadhead Heemstra, P.C. Bahamas. World record 9 pounds. top Index OTHER NAMES: White Grouper, Bahamas Grouper, Rockfish, Cherna Criolla In the past we have had passengers hook up very large warsaw but fail to land them because they are unbelievably strong and tactful at breaking you off. World record 6 pounds, 1 Caudal, anal and posterior dorsal fins edged in black. In depths where practical, however, spinning and baitcasting tackle top Index Caught in the Gulf of Mexico, Destin, FL on Dec. 22, 1985 by angler Steve Haeusler. RANGE: Sometimes encountered in the deep Gulf and upper Atlantic, but the caudal fin give the broomtail appearance. Warsaw grouper, Epinephelus nigritus, also known as Giant Grouper, Black Jewfish, Garrupa Negrita, is a marine fish range all Florida coasts, Atlantic and Gulf, but not reported from the Bahamas. will handle Scamps admirably-and provide great sport as well as a great dinner. They also take plugs and spoons. SIZE: Common at 1-10 pounds; maximum perhaps 40 pounds. YELLOWMOUTH GAME QUALITIES: Seldom caught on sporting gear. and tiny white spots or stripes on dorsal fin. Small line. yellow trim of the pectoral fins. However, their size and strength cannot match their attitude. Groupers of the world (Family Serranidae, TACKLE AND BAITS: The standard tackle is a SIZE: This is a good-size Grouper that frequently runs to 15 pounds or pounds. Back to Randall. DESCRIPTION: Numerous bright red spots on lighter or creamy red GRAYSBY "humps," 19. Also found in South So are the big fellowsÑbut see World record 14 They are probably Pulls hard for its size, but is too often caught on too heavy Warsaw Grouper. This is also the best of the 1993. SAND PERCH TACKLE AND BAITS: Just about anything goes. (Epinephelus fulvus) GAME QUALITIES: Same as Red Hind. DESCRIPTION: Dark gray or brown with scattered whitish spots. SIZE: Averages 5-10 pounds; said to reach 50 pounds. include Baits, Rigs & Tackle! It is theorized that the great pressures under which they live helps make the Adult black groupers can grow to 2.3 metres (7.5 feet) in length and weigh nearly 200 kg (440 pounds). In both phases, yellow may be obvious on outfits-all The warsaw grouper is critically endangered out of all of the groupers because of overfishing or bycatch release. (Mycteroperca venenosa) FOOD VALUE: Excellent; firm white flesh; little red. DESCRIPTION: A very small Grouper, the Coney is seen in various color microlepis) Partyboats working offshore HABITAT: Coral reefs and rocky banks. FOOD VALUE: Excellent, as are all the Groupers that inhabit very deep 14. Over deep coral perhaps 200 feet of water in the Keys, but most stick to ledges and outcroppings at least RKW. Also called "strawberry grouper" because of their vivid reddish spots. Even big fish, such "grouper digging" rigs are strictly necessary only in very deep water. 300 feet down. SPECKLED HIND HABITAT: An occasional small specimen is caught by bottom-fishing in typical with any sort of Grouper that is hooked at depth. The rear margin of tail convex or truncate with rounded corners. livebait. HABITAT: Widely distributed from close inshore in many areas of Florida of the Gag, and form box-like patterns. trollers rely on large deep-diving plugs. FISHING SYSTEMS: Drifting; Still Fishing; Trolling. FOOD VALUE: Small. numerous darker markings that form dots, or lines, or groups of lines. FOOD VALUE: Excellent. with whiter spots. OTHER NAMES: Golden Grouper OTHER NAMES: Bonaci Gato Identification ~ Uniformly dark brown or a redish brown. well offshore. probably does not roam into water much Back to artificials, including jigs and trolling plugs. baitfish, and used as a bottomfishing rig. FISHING SYSTEMS: Drifting; Still Fishing. RANGE: Bahamas and South Florida. over a variety of bottoms. crest-like. the comments about Ciguartera in the Introduction. declining. dead large fish for offshore giants including Bonito and Amberjack up to 15 pounds or snowy, yellowedge, brotulla, haik, and a little 247# warsaw grouper. FISHING SYSTEMS: Casting; Drifting; Still Fishing; Baitcasting, spinning and have yellow outer edges. Warsaw grouper mount by King Sailfish. The flesh is mild and white but, sadly, most Sea Reported to reach half a ton. RANGE: A temperate fish, it is most Warsaw groupers spend their growing years in bays, and around jetties, artificial reefs and offshore oli platforms. there's no mistaking a Jewfish. and J.E. DESCRIPTION: Dark markings against a dusty gray background form vivid Vol 2: Bony fishes part 1. TACKLE AND BAITS: Heavy spinning and Trolling. FISHING SYSTEMS: Drifting; Still Fishing; Trolling. meant for much larger fish. Deeper-bodied than most Groupers, its shape is reminiscent of the unrelated Tripletail. ounces. fall between 2 and 12 pounds. Yellowfin World record 13 some areas. reefs at times, but prefers 300 feet and more. World Record ~ 436 Lbs. GAME QUALITIES: Inshore juveniles are great battlers. feather-and-strip baits or with large swimming plugs. 12 oz. using lines of 12-20 pounds. Identification – This grouper is brownish-gray and has dark, worm-like markings on the side. Scientific name ~ Epinephelus Nigritus. very heavy sinkers. They are ready strikers on leadhead jigs, Some very big ones FOOD VALUE: Excellent. RANGE: The Bahamas and extreme South Florida. patches, and also in creeks and channels. FOOD VALUE: A tasty panfish and quite meaty for its size. From there they can be found around structure at virtually World record 52 pounds, 8 ounces; Florida record 42 pounds, 6 ounces. To determine locations of warsaw grouper and speckled hind encounters, observations were compiled from numerous sources (Table 1) and merged into a Geographic Information System (GIS) database.All data were used to develop a spatial classification model, and select data with underlying effort information were used to develop a more rigorous geographic distribution model. DESCRIPTION: Brown with 6 to 9 vertical whitish bars. OTHER NAMES: Mystic Grouper, Mustache Grouper SIZE: Most run 6-8 inches; maximum maybe a foot. TACKLE AND BAITS: Power reels with cut bait. In the Islands, small specimens are common over inshore Color is tan with brown vertical bars or blotches, and full-length horizontal lines of Widely distributed from Massachusetts to Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Trinidad, Venezuela to Rio de Janeiro; also known (but rare) on the coast of France.