Gag Grouper Fishing Charters in Bonita Springs
“Gags” are a hard, aggressive fighter. They are also tasty, so putting these two together makes it a great fish to find, catch and eat. The larger males are aggressive feeders and once you locate them they are easy to catch. Did you know that gag groupers are born females but later can become males?
|What do Gag Grouper look like?|
Gags are a mottled grey with wavy marking on the side. Their edging is bluish and it will turn dark brown after you remove it from the water. They have a distinct protruding lower jaw. Mistaken usually for the black grouper. The two species may be distinguished from one another based on fin margin coloration. The caudal and anal fins of the gag grouper have white margins while the black grouper does not.
|What other fish are related to Gag Groupers?|
Grouper family has over 60 species
|How big do Gag Grouper get?|
Usually found 10-20 lbs.
|What is the world record for Gag Grouper?|
80lbs is the world record
|What other fish are similar to Gag Grouper?|
Grouper is called grouper because they like “group-ing” together.
|What are the best times to catch Gag Groupers?|
They come inshore in the winter for the warmer water but are caught year round.
|Where are the best places to catch Gag Grouper?|
We usually find them around structures, ledges and rocks. When they are spawning they frequent estuaries.
|What are the best ways to catch Gag Groupers?|
Trolling in the boat, we find them congregated so the moving boat helps them pull them apart. This is when having multiple lines in the water so you can get more than one gag at a time.
|What are the best baits for Gag Groupers|
Fresh cut bait and crabs but lures work great in the shallower water.
|What other types of fish am I likely to catch?|
If you are fishing for gag groupers, then you are also likely to catch snapper.
|Are Gag Groupers good to eat?|
|What is the best way to cook a Gag Grouper?|
Gag grouper any way is good. Cook it according to your preference, because fried, broiled, baked, grilled or blackened, you can’t lose.