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Types of Grouper in Florida: A Comprehensive Guide to Finding, Catching & Keeping Groupers

It's prime time for grouper fishing all around Florida. Here's a quick look at what you'll be targeting—or, in a few cases, trying to avoid.

Types of Grouper in Florida: A Comprehensive Guide to Finding, Catching & Keeping Groupers

Erika Almond with a beauty of a black grouper, often confused with the gag grouper, but easily distinguished if you know what to look for. Read this article to learn all about the types of grouper in Florida.

With so many grouper species prowling off Florida’s 1,350 miles of coastline, there is lots of room for misidentification. I was reminded of this several years ago when a stubborn fisherman kept targeting goliath grouper at the Fort Pierce jetties, catching and then attempting to haul them home. When nearby anglers pointed out that it was a goliath (and protected from harvest), the old man would shout, “Grouper! Not goliath!” His efforts to drag the fish to his car sometimes yielded phone calls to law enforcement.

Fortunately, thanks to the wonders of cell phones, one can usually find an app that will help identify fish—Fish Rules is the one recommended by...

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