Goliath Name Change is a Goliath Blunder
Leave it to politicians and do-gooders to find a way to get their nose into everyone's business. A fish that has long been identified by the common name of jewfish had it's name changed this week. Officially (what ever officially means) the name is now Goliath Grouper.
All About Grouper - Grouper Fishing
Grouper and the entire grouper family have become probably the most popular saltwater food fish in the United States. While there are Pacific varieties, the largest fishery is in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic coast. Grouper are a bottom fishing charter boat captain’s big ticket item. Most catches are over ten pounds with some well over 100 pounds. Following is information and some stories about grouper fishing that can help you become a better angler.
Catching Grouper - Fishing for Grouper
The most classic bottom fish for most anglers is the grouper. Whether red, gag, black, yellowfin, or Warsaw, a good grouper in the ice chest means a successful day for lots of folks.
Gag Grouper - How to Catch a Gag Grouper
Gag grouper are the most common grouper up and down the east coast of the US. Here is a profile on gag grouper
The Great Grouper Debate
Stocks of gag and red grouper in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Atlantic Seaboard are being severely reduced. Commercial fishing interests are the convenient whipping boys, but we need to understand that recreational anglers are having an effect as well.
Expect the Unexpected
Always expect the unexpected. Now if that isn’t the silliest statement I ever heard! Heck if you expect everything, nothing is unexpected! Are you confused? Imagine how confused I was when a jewfish about ninety pounds or so came rolling up on the end of my six-pound test line!
Is It Time to Relax the Goliath Grouper (Jewfish) Restrictions?
Florida, and a number of other states, finally put the clamps on the goliath grouper (jewfish) harvest in the early '90s. Fishing for them became illegal, to the point that if officer friendly caught you with a Calcutta pole or a rope handline, he would confiscate them. You can't prove you weren't going after jewfish with that kind of tackle...
Two Friends and One Huge Fish
John Beall, my best friend and I caught a big jewfish together. We were two frineds and we caught one big fish!
Trolling for Grouper
The Southeastern United States provide the best grouper fishing in the world, and they can be taken by any number of means. From gag grouper in at little as ten to twelve feet of water to the mighty warsaw grouper in several hundred feet of water , all grouper tend to like the same types of baits and presentations whether they are presented on the bottom or by trolling. Just remember, big bait, big fish, small bait, small fish.
Another Record Catch?
Catching a huge jewfish on fly is quite a feat - and it takes some help!
The biggest fish you ever saw caught on a cane pole!
Fishing for these shallow water species off of Florida.
Jewfish (Goliath Grouper)
Largest of all the groupers, these monsters reach 800 lbs. Totally protected in Florida. Name changed from Jewfish for political correctness.
Here's a cool water relative to the gag grouper.
This big guy was caught off the Louisiana coast.
Picture and description of this tropical grouper.