Jewfish Grouper Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: head and fins covered with small black
spots; irregular dark vertical bars present on the sides
of body; pectoral and caudal fin rounded; first dorsal
fin shorter than and not separated from second
dorsal; adults huge, up to 800 pounds;
Similar fish: other grouper.
Where found: NEARSHORE around docks, in deep
holes, and on ledges; young often occur in estuaries, especially around
oyster bars; more abundant in southern Florida than in northern waters.
Size: largest of the groupers.
Remarks: spawns over summer months; lifespan of 30 to 50 years; feeds on crustaceans and fish.
NOTE: jewfish are totally protected from harvest in Florida waters.