Reef predator fish uses sign language – by

“THE roving coral grouper, a predator fish of the tropical reef, uses sign language to advise fellow hunters of hiding prey, according to a new study. It is the first time that a fish has been known to make “referential gestures,” or specific signs that alert a partner to an object of mutual interest, it […]

FWC: Atlantic Grouper season reopens May 1 – by

“TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Grouper season is set to reopen May 1 in Atlantic and Monroe County waters, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Officials. The season includes gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. Anglers who reel in any of these varieties will be able to […]

Captain’s Corner: Plenty of red grouper By Steve Papen, Times Correspondent

“What’s hot: Red grouper fishing is fantastic right now in depths of 80-160 feet. Look for these fish to be stacked up on rolls and ledges. The best baits for them are live pinfish and grass grunts as well as frozen baits such as Spanish sardines and Boston mackerel.”… To view entire article, click on […]

Everyday Adventures: Grouper season regulations & places to fish by Terry Tomalin, Tampa Bay Times

“After more than 20 years on the outdoors beat, you’d think I could get my fishing regulations straight. But when somebody asks me about grouper season, I have to stop, scratch my head and say, “I have to look that up.” That’s not because I’m particularly forgetful, it’s just that the rules are so confusing. […]

4/5/13 2 day Deep Water Tile Fish, Snowy Grouper and Giant Amberjack by Captain Rich of Fishing Reports

Excerpt from this article by Captain Rich: “This past weekend’s deep water trip was very exciting for both the crew and our fishermen. The weather on Friday night and Saturday morning was very nautical. We were on the backside of a cold front and the wind was humming at around 25 knots. After a very […]

Grouper Cod Stocks Collapse in Senegal – by The Fish Site News Desk

“SENEGAL – The waters off the coast of Senegal have been stripped of their false cods, also known as “thiof” or groupers. How is it possible that this country’s iconic fish is nearly extinct? A French-Senegalese team recently demonstrated that the collapse of stocks is due to the boom in the small-scale fishery sector – […]

Sizable Snook Turn On Along Gulf Coast by Del Milligan

“The spring bite for catch-and-release snook in Gulf Coast bays started picking up steam over the weekend and early this week. Capt. Greg Penix of Lakeland had his best day of the year for snook 30-34 inches on Wednesday in the back bays at Boca Grande. “It’s finally getting good,” Penix said. His anglers released […]

Fishing Report: Spring has finally arrived, and red grouper are legal again

Article Excerpt: “NAPLES — April 1 was no day for fooling around. The weather finally turned beautiful, and it was the first day that red grouper became legal again. Seas were calm and the water had rebounded nicely from the churned up mess we had last week. Our local water temperatures are ranging from about […]

State regulations set for gag grouper in 2013

“The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently finalized the 2013 recreational gag grouper season for Gulf of Mexico state waters. For most state waters the season runs July 1 through Dec. 3. State waters off the coast of Taylor, Jefferson, Wakulla and Franklin counties, including waters of the Steinhatchee River, Apalachicola Bay and Indian […]

3/29/13 Islamorada backcountry fishing report

Check out the Islamorade backcountry fishing report by Capt. Rick Stanczyk who says it has been extremely busy there in the Florida Keys.  The Islamorada back reefs has been the hot spot for fishermen there.  The last few days they’ve caught mangrove snappers, porgies, and hogfish and on a smaller scale, yellow tails, mutton snappers, various groupers, […]

Gulf Grouper Season Opens April 1st

“Starting April 1, red, black, yellowfin, yellowmouth, rock hind, red hind and scamp Gulf of Mexico grouper species will again be open to harvest in state waters. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this harvest season will remain open through Jan. 31, 2014. State waters in the Gulf are from shore to […]