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  • Black Grouper

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by in Saltwater Fish
    Black Grouper

    Black Grouper

    Black Grouper: Mycteroperca bonaci

    Appearance:

    • Olive or gray body coloration with black blotches and brassy spots
    • gently rounded preopercle
    • Similar in appearence to gag and yellowfin groupers

    Habitat:

    These fish are offshore species. Adults are associated with rocky bottoms, reef, and drop off walls in water over 60 feet deep.  Young black grouper  may occur inshore in shallow water.

    Behavior:

    Black grouper spawn between May and August and they are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning that young predominantly female who transform into males as they grow larger.  Larger individuals of this species are generally found in greater depths and they feed on fish and squid.

    State Record:

    113 lb 6 oz, caught near the Dry Tortugas

    Fishing Tips and Facts:

    Grouper fishing from a boat typically involves baits fished near the bottom, with heavy tackle and heavier to bring grouper to the surface. Live fish or dead cut or whole bait are used. Grouper are very tasty meals.

    Additional Information:

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