Red Grouper Fishing Charters in Bonita Springs
These poor guys have been overfished since the 1950’s on and off but they are now almost back to the days of glory. They are aggressive and will take your bait before another fish has a chance. When you get these fish mad their coloration will change with the head or other parts of their body turning white and their whitish spots getting more profound. Did you know in August 2014 off Bonita Springs a big grouper took in one gulp a 4-foot shark which an angler had caught…. how about that?
|What do Red Grouper look like?|
They have a reddish cast with mottled pale areas like spots along it’s body. They have black spots around their large eyes and a very straight dorsal fin. In their mouth are several sets of slender teeth.
|What other fish are related to Red Groupers?|
|How big do Red Grouper get?|
We catch them from 5-15 lbs. but they have to be at least 20 inches to be taken.
|What is the world record for Red Grouper?|
42 lbs., 4 oz. is the world record with Florida’s record being 39 lbs., 8 oz.
|What other fish are similar to Red Grouper?|
|What are the best times to catch Red Groupers?|
Usually in the winter when they come inshore for the warmer waters.
|Where are the best places to catch Red Grouper?|
We find them drifting over low-relief hard bottom. These fish tend to be more scattered than the gags; it’s common for them to spread out over a broad area of pock-marked limestone-and-sand bottom near shore. We find the juveniles inshore until about 5 years when they head offshore to migrate.
|What are the best ways to catch Red Groupers?|
We will find them drifting or trolling inshore or on ledges all year round.
|What are the best baits for Red Groupers|
Pinfish, live baits, crab
|What other types of fish am I likely to catch?|
If you are fishing for red groupers, then you are also likely to catch other
|Are Red Groupers good to eat?|
Yes, very good quality with no intramuscular bones.
|What is the best way to cook a Red Grouper?|
White, flaky fillets are great baked, broiled, or grilled. Some like it prepared in fish chowder