Goliath Grouper Fishing Charters in Bonita Springs
These fish look like they are from the pre-historic days and can really get huge. Unfortunately, you canít keep this fish but they sure are fun to catch and release. Their prohibition in 1990 has made them come back in population again but because they have a low reproductive rate the World Conservation Union is still waiting to put them back on the list for fishing. Believe it or not these large fish have been observed to stalk divers and conduct ambushes so beware if you come face to face with these guys when you are in the water. Once one of these fish is hooked it takes stamina and fight to pull them up.
|What do Goliath Grouper look like?|
They are brown/yellow mottled with small black spots on their heads with wide vertical brown stripes down their sides. Very large jawbone and rounded tail. They have 3-5 rows of teeth in their lower jaw.
|What other fish are related to Goliath Groupers?|
They are in the sea bass family
|How big do Goliath Grouper get?|
The Florida record is 680 lbs. in Fernandina Beach
|What is the world record for Goliath Grouper?|
800 lbs. are the unofficial record.
|What other fish are similar to Goliath Grouper?|
Size-wise, nothing compares.
|What are the best times to catch Goliath Groupers?|
Summer months when they are spawning.
|Where are the best places to catch Goliath Grouper?|
Nearshore often around docks and deep holes or ledges, but the juveniles inhabit mangroves and brackish waters.
|What are the best ways to catch Goliath Groupers?|
You have to have heavy tackle gear and braided line along with a lot of muscle. Smaller goliaths can be landed with lighter tackle.
|What are the best baits for Goliath Groupers|
Shrimp, crab and large baitfish.
|What other types of fish am I likely to catch?|
If you are fishing for goliath groupers, then you are also likely to catch king mackerel and barracuda
|Are Goliath Groupers good to eat?|
Yes, back before 1990 when they were being fished they were thought to be great eating.