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Here is some additional information about Grouper in Florida.


Gag Grouper Fishing Information


source: myfwc.com
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles


Description: brownish gray in color with dark worm-like markings on sides; strong serrated spur at bottom margin of preopercle, less noticeable in large specimens; fins dark, with anal and caudal having white margin; often confused with black grouper; most noticeable differences are brassy spots on black grouper; tail of gag is slightly concave, black grouperís tail is square; gag has white margin on anal and caudal fins, black does not; under 10 pounds, gagís spur on preopercle is distinctive, where black is gently rounded.

Similar fish: black grouper, M. bonaci.

Where found: adults OFFSHORE over rocks and reefs; juveniles occur in seagrass beds INSHORE.

Size: common to 25 pounds.

Remarks: forms spawning aggregations in water no shallower than 120 feet in Middle Grounds area, January through March; current research to identify similar aggregations off the Atlantic coast is ongoing; young gags are predominantly female, transforming into males as they grow larger; feeds on fish and squid.


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