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Family: Grouper
Similar Fish: Sea basses & Grouper family. (Nassau Grouper, Jewfish)
Habitat: OFFSHORE species. Adults found by rocky bottoms, reefs and drop-off walls in water over 60 feet deep. The young may occur inshore in shallow waters.
Size: Up to100 lb.
Description: Black groupers are large, hard-fighting, reef fish. Anglers will commonly hook a live baitfish to a line that has a breakaway sinker. This allows them to drop the bait right on top of a reef and keep it anchored in position. Be ready to have your line cut-off on the reefs, as most groupers will run straight into the rockiest areas. Sixty- to 80-pound tackle and a heavy, abrasion-resistant leader is best suited for targeting this species.

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