Yellowmouth Grouper Fishing Information
illustrations: Diane Rome Peebles
Description: color tan or brown with darker spots;
spots, or a network of spots, fused into lines; distinct
yellow wash behind the jaws; yellow around the
eyes; outer edges of fins yellowish.
Similar fish: scamp, M. phenax.
Where found: OFFSHORE over reefs and rocks; not
as common as scamp in the Gulf; range limited to
Size: common to 15 pounds.
Remarks: undergoes sex change, young individuals female, becoming male; young
fish are bicolored, dark above, white below; feeds on small fish and crustaceans.