Black Grouper

Black Groupers may be found throughout the western Atlantic Ocean, from Massachusetts and east to Bermuda, and continue along American and Caribbean coastal regions as far south as southern Brazil. Adults are not usually found at the northern extremes of this range. More numerous in the southern Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and throughout the Caribbean, this fish is popular not only for sport, but also as cuisine.

The Black Grouper’s hearty, oblong body is Gray or olive with dark and black blotches highlighted by spots of bronze or brass which are often streaked or outlined in white. It has a thick, protruding lower jaw and smallish eyes. The dorsal fin has 11 spines and 15-17 rays, rounding off with a black crest toward the tail. A wide, black-tipped tail seems almost chopped off, while other fins – also black-tipped – are rounded with smooth edges. Well-developed canine teeth and several additional sets of strong, slender teeth are used to prevent prey from escaping, rather than for tearing or attacking. Their lifespan is over 30 years, with most growth occurring during the first ten years of life. The average size frequently surpasses 40 pounds in weight. The world record for Black Grouper is 114 pounds.

Black Groupers are hermaphroditic and almost exclusively born as females, many of which transform into males as they grow larger. Juveniles feed solely on crustaceans and spend their youth inshore among beds of sea grass, especially along the coast of Florida. This solitary fish is comfortable near the surface of more southern waters, but may also often be found lurking in wrecks, reef shadows, or ledges at depths between 19-108 feet. Adult Black Groupers feed primarily on crustaceans, squid, and smaller reef fishes like grunts, snapper, and herrings, using great suction to pull quarry into their large mouths before swallowing it whole. They usually spawn between May and August, eventually reaching maturity at around 3 feet in length. Chief predators include sandbar sharks, great hammerheads, barracuda, and moray eels. Commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and south Atlantic, as well as recreational anglers, value this fish greatly for its taste and popularity. Impressive girth can provide more than just a strong battle. This fish strikes hard, pulls heavily, and uses structure to its advantage. When large enough, these fish may be filleted twice, resulting in an even greater reward. Caught fresh and prepared correctly – a number of different ways – this can be one of the best-tasting fish.

Black Grouper Fishing Charters

Galveston

Aqua Safari Charters

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Enjoy an exciting day in Galveston, Texas, on the water. We specialize in offshore, deep-sea, and Galveston jetty fishing charters.

$65 - min rate

Biloxi

Spray Ya Later Charters

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One of the premier Biloxi fishing charters, Spray Ya Later Charters(SYL) takes your fishing experience to a whole new level.

$800 - min rate

Ft Lauderdale

Taco’s Hooked Up Sportfishing

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Captain Taco, the jovial captain of the Hooked Up, loves to make people laugh, but fishing is at his core, and he loves to help his guests have an unforgettable day on the water.

$700 - min rate

Naples

A & B Charters

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Captain Allen Walburn has over 40 years of experience fishing the water of Southwestern Florida. He offers half-day, full-day, and multi-day trips to the Dry Tortugas for those who want a lifetime fishing trip

$500 - min rate

Fort Lauderdale

Lady Helen Fishing Charters

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Off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale is the northbound Gulfstream current, where hard-hitting Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Kingfish, Tuna and trophy Sailfish and Captain Jeff has been fishing these waters for over 30 years.

$600 - min rate

St. Petersburg

Early Riser Charters

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Captain Kenny Keen, a captain with over 25 years of experience, targets all kinds of bottom fish like Grouper and Snapper, reef fish like Amberjack and Cobia, and trophy fish like Mahi Mahi and Tuna.

$775 - min rate

Miami

Top Gun Charters

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One of Miami's top guns. They offer many trips, including specialty trips like overnight Tuna trips and day and night Swordfish excursions.

$1000 - min rate

Venice

Paradise Outfitters

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If you are looking for world-class fishing in Venice, Louisiana, look no further than Paradise Outfitters. They are a premier charter voted the best fishing guide in New Orleans.

$2600 - min rate

Galveston

Texas Saltwater Adventures

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Fishing the waters off Galveston, Surfside and Freeport, Captain Leaf Potter makes every fishing trip full of excitement and unforgettable moments.

$650 - min rate

Clearwater

Gulfstream II Charters

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One of the largest and longest-running charter companies on Florida's west coast. They have a fleet of four of the best fishing vessels in Clearwater.

$600 - min rate

Miami

Capt. Jay’s Deep Sea Fishing

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The Spellbound, a 57' custom built fishing boat, can seat up to 20 people and is captained by two of the most experienced captains in Miami, Captain Jay and Captain Manny.

$750 - min rate

Treasure Island

T-Kat Fishing Charters

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Enjoy rod-bending thrills and excitement with Captain Tom aboard the T-Kat, a 31'Sportfishing Boat built for fishing and has room for six anglers to fish comfortably.

$600 - min rate