There are so many types of grouper, however, the main species that anglers come into contact with most are gag grouper and goliath grouper.  The goliath grouper are the monsters of the sea and the gag grouper are the grouper that anglers want to catch for the dinner table.


Habitat

Grouper are found mostly offshore on the reefs and wrecks in deeper water.  Some species of grouper can be found inshore like the gag grouper and goliath grouper.  Inshore, grouper can be found along deep water docks, mangrove-lined shorelines, near bridges and smaller fish can often be found on grass flats and shoals.


How to Catch Grouper

Grouper are caught mostly by bottom fishing with live bait.  Trolling for grouper with large, deep-diving crankbaits is another popular method for catching grouper on the nearshore reefs.  Some anglers will also fish with jigs and soft plastics.  Free lining a live bait works well when grouper are in the shallows near the mangroves and bridges.  Heavy tackle is needed to pull these strong fish out of their deep water hideouts.


Eating Grouper

Grouper taste delicious.  Their mild taste usually wins over people that typically don’t even like to eat fish.  There are tons of recipes out there for serving grouper.  Baking, grilling and frying are all great methods for preparing grouper for the dinner table.