|Florida Keys Fish
Adults inhabit rocky bottoms, reefs and drop-off walls in water over 60 feet deep; young occur
inshore in waters around seagrass beds, mangrove forests and hard-bottom communities.
Grouper are born as females but can later become male. Gag and red grouper are the most
widely distributed of the Florida groupers. Goliath and Nassau grouper are protected from harvest
in Florida waters. Grouper spawn between January and May with some of the more tropical
species spawning year-round.
80 lb 6 oz, caught near Destin
Fishing Tips and Facts:
Grouper fishing from a boat typically involves baits fished near the bottom, with heavy tackle and
heavier to bring grouper to the surface. Live fish or dead cut or whole bait are used. Grouper are
very tasty meals.
Grouper Saltwater Fishing Regulation
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission • Farris Bryant Building
620 S. Meridian St. • Tallahassee, FL
32399-1600 • (850) 488-4676
Gag Grouper: Mycteroperca microlepis
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