Naples Saltwater Offshore Gamefish
Groupers (Epinephelus itajara)
- They are the most widely available of the game fish and also offer a great number of differing varieties.
- Groupers live close to the bottom and are always associated with some type of submerged structure i.e. reef or wreck
- The Gag Grouper is common up to a weight of 25lbs.
- The Red Grouper is common in weight to about 15lbs.
- The Jewfish can attain weight up to 800lbs and is more common in the south of Florida than the north.
- Black Grouper common weight up to 40lbs
- Groupers are caught using traditional bottom tackle rigs. Leaders need be substantial
- Eating Qualities - All the Groupers are considered to be excellent in eating quality, and grouper is on the menu in most Florida restaurants.