You have probably seen groupers caught and been amazed at their size. There might be some questions you have about groupers, like the title of this article. Let’s look at some fun facts and statistics about this fish.
There are many types of GROUPERS.
The fact that there are more than 100 species of this fish is a must-know. There are many types of grouper that live in the Atlantic or Gulf. There are many types of groupers, including the speckled hind, black, Warsaw, yellowfin and gag. You can also find the Goliath Grouper off the coast Florida, Atlantic. Sport anglers should know that this particular grouper is protected. Although they were removed from the NOAA species of concern list in 2006, they are still considered a “no-take” species in the United States.
THEY TEND to BE SLOW
Although the fish can be intimidating with their large mouths, they are actually quite slow. Their body shape is not designed to allow them to swim fast or for long distance swimming. They don’t seem to mind this though. They are able to survive in brackish water and still thrive. They are more tolerant of low oxygen levels than other fish.
GROUPERS ARE REALLY BIG MOUTH MANAGERS
People often think of fish they don’t want in their water. Sharks might be the first on the list. Barracuda may follow. The grouper is also quite scary. You can see the 2014 video online that shows a Goliath Grouper rising from the depths and swallowing… wait for… a Blacktip shark. After circling the shark, it grabs it from the water and takes it with it before the angler can get it on the boat.
What kind of life do they lead?
When they are young, many groupers will display colorful markings. As they age, their color will start to fade. The color will turn a brownish or greenish-gray as it ages. Groupers can live up to 50 years which is quite impressive. Groupers aren’t a single fish. They prefer to live in small groups. One male will have several females.
It gets really fascinating when one of the females can transform into a male to take control of the group.
So, WHAT IS THE AVERAGE GROUPER WEARING?
This question is a little more complicated now that you know there are many types of grouper. This will depend on which type of grouper is being weighed. That means that the average weight of a grouper will differ greatly between the different varieties. Let’s take, for example, the Goliath Grouper’s average weight. The average weight of this fish is around 400 pounds. There have been larger fish. A 680-pound fish caught in Florida with a hook and a line weighed 680 lbs. However, they can grow larger. They can grow to over nine feet in length and weigh up to 1000 lbs.
The Warsaw Grouper is another large grouper. The Warsaw Grouper can grow to be 7.5 feet in length and can weigh up to 440 pounds. Other types of grouper, however, are smaller. The average length of the Nassau Grouper is around 35 inches.
Are they good to eat?
Many of the smaller groupers, namely those you will be fishing for, can be very tasty. If you want to get the best out of any fish, it is important that it is properly prepared.
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The article was written by a professional charter captain at Salty Knots Fishing Charters with 15+ years of experience in the Gulf of Mexico. Salty Knots Fishing Charters is a local fishing charter service based out of St. Pete Beach, Florida. “We know what it takes to catch a giant trophy fish!” Salty Knots Is the Best Fishing Charter St Petersburg FL.