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This species of grouper has brownish gray in color with dark worm-like markings on sides. Gag or Grey Grouper are often confused with Black Grouper.

Probably the most popular grouper targeted on Florida's coastline, the Gag Grouper is the envy of bottom fisherman and is targeted for it's white, mild and tasty meat. The federal government has closed grouper fishing in 2010 and is possibly considering a ban on grouper fishing for several years as they consider it overfished. This particular government mandate is not indorsed by Lagooner Fishing Guides or it's staff because we believe that grouper are not in peril and can be managed effectively with harvest quotas.

Adults are found OFFSHORE over rocks and reefs; juveniles occur in seagrass beds INSHORE and are often caught at Sebastian Inlet and the inshore waters in the Indian River Lagoon near Florida Inlets. Canaveral Offshore anglers find Grouper near wrecks, ledges and hard bottom debre.

Remarks

Gag grouper spawn in large groups in water no shallower than 120 feet in Middle Grounds area in the Gulf of Mexico, January through March; current reseach to identify similar aggregations off Atlantic coast is ongoing. Young gags are predominantly female, transforming into males as they grow larger; feeds on fish and squid.

Regulations

There are several types of grouper in Florida with the Grey or Gag being one of the most popular. Please look at the FWC literature for additional information regarding this and other grouper species. 24" minimum in the Atlantic with two fish per angler per day possession limit.

NOAA Fisheries Service has announced that effective January 4, 2010, all recreational and commercial harvest of grouper in Atlantic federal waters is prohibited. This interim rule will be effective until June 2, 2010 and could be extended for another 186-day period.

State Record

71 Pounds

Grouper Fishing Offshore

Reviewed by Captain Richard Bradley on Last modified: February 15 2017 18:17:02.

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