Top Goliath Grouper Fishing Charters
Captain Jayme - Excellent trip with Jayme and his mate. Friendly, professional, and went out of their way to make sure we caught fish. Will definitely fish again with them.
Mark M. with Jayme S. of Key Largo, Florida
Had a good time only thing wrong with the trip was the wind. had to hide in the mangroves but caught some fish
Danny S. with John J. of Key West, Florida
Captain Darius was polite and very knowledgeable. We caught lots of fish! Overall excellent.
Jeffrey S. with Darius K. of Sarasota, Florida
Had a great time. Darius was great. Couldn't ask for more. Will plan to book a trip with him again next year.
Geoffrey M. with Darius K. of Sarasota, Florida
Harold and Sean were incredible great trip. I’ve been on over 24 offshore trips and Captain Harold by far is the most experienced I have ever gone out with.
Douglas R. with Harold S. of Destin, Florida
Excellent. 4 great Wahoo and lots of snapper great guys. Loved it.
Chuck G. with Daniel D. of Port Aransas, Texas
Everything You Need to Know About Goliath Grouper Fishing
What is a Goliath Grouper?
The Atlantic Goliath Grouper (Epinephelus itajara) is the largest member of the grouper family. They have a stocky build (to put it lightly) with small eyes and a large head. They are yellowish-brown to grey in coloring, with spots that help to camouflage them against coral and muddy bottoms.
They are tough, solitary fish who can live in both brackish water and low oxygen levels. Also known to be fearless, they will defend their territory with aggressive body language, and by using their swimming bladder to make a rumbling sound.
How big do Goliath Grouper get?
Goliath groupers aren’t called “goliath” for no reason. These big boys and girls can grow up to over eight feet in length and over 600 pounds, which can be reached in up to their 50 years of life. However, the average catch will be between 75 and 150 pounds.
What's the biggest Goliath Grouper ever caught?
The world record according to the IGFA is a 680 pound goliath grouper that was caught off Fernandia Beach, Florida. It was caught on May 20th, 1961 by Lynn Joyner off of conventional tackle, using Spanish mackerel as bait.
Where is the best place to catch Goliath Grouper?
Goliath Groupers can be found throughout the western and eastern Atlantic. They are distributed from Florida to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, as well as from Senegal to Congo, as far as the Canary Islands. They can also be found in the Eastern Pacific from the Gulf of California to Peru.
Young grouper live in canals, brackish estuaries, and mangrove swamps. As they become older, they move to shallow, tropical waters and can be found around coral, rocks, mud bottoms, and man-made structures, up to 150 feet deep....Read More
When should I catch Goliath Grouper?
The great thing about goliath groupers is that they can be caught year-round. However, the peak season is from May to October during and right after their spawning season. The early morning and late afternoon is the time of day for the best bite.
How do you catch Goliath Grouper?
As mentioned, goliath groupers are known for their aggressiveness, strength, and ability to muscle their way through reefs and rocks to break lines. This means that strong gear is absolutely necessary, including line with a minimum 300 pound test, and 16-20/0 sized circle hooks crimped solidly to the leader, and a 50-80 wide reel.
Goliath groupers eat sea turtles and crustaceans, but some great bait to use include burrfish, catfish, toadfish, octopus, ladyfish, and jack crevalle. In whichever you use, natural bait works best, as lures tend not to tempt them. Also, with any of these, be sure to anchor close to the reef so that the fish will be lured out to take the bait, possibly bouncing it off the bottom, however far enough that you have a chance to pull them away before they break the line on any structure.
Are Goliath Grouper good to eat?
Goliath groupers were once known to be a very highly regarded quality seafood, making them an ideal target for fishermen. But they quickly became overfished which led to strict bans on keeping them in areas they’re found including the United States, the Caribbean, and Brazil, in order for them to be able to regrow their populations. Due to long lifespans and slow growth rates, it is expected to be a long road to recovery, and these fish should always be handled carefully and released to live another day.