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This species of grouper has brownish gray in color with dark worm-like markings on sides. Gag or Grey Grouper are often confused with Black Grouper.

Probably the most popular grouper targeted on Florida's coastline, the Gag Grouper is the envy of bottom fisherman and is targeted for it's white, mild and tasty meat. The federal government has closed grouper fishing in 2010 and is possibly considering a ban on grouper fishing for several years as they consider it overfished. This particular government mandate is not indorsed by Lagooner Fishing Guides or it's staff because we believe that grouper are not in peril and can be managed effectively with harvest quotas.

Adults are found OFFSHORE over rocks and reefs; juveniles occur in seagrass beds INSHORE and are often caught at Sebastian Inlet and the inshore waters in the Indian River Lagoon near Florida Inlets. Canaveral Offshore anglers find Grouper near wrecks, ledges and hard bottom debre.

Remarks

Gag grouper spawn in large groups in water no shallower than 120 feet in Middle Grounds area in the Gulf of Mexico, January through March; current reseach to identify similar aggregations off Atlantic coast is ongoing. Young gags are predominantly female, transforming into males as they grow larger; feeds on fish and squid.

Regulations

There are several types of grouper in Florida with the Grey or Gag being one of the most popular. Please look at the FWC literature for additional information regarding this and other grouper species. 24" minimum in the Atlantic with two fish per angler per day possession limit.

NOAA Fisheries Service has announced that effective January 4, 2010, all recreational and commercial harvest of grouper in Atlantic federal waters is prohibited. This interim rule will be effective until June 2, 2010 and could be extended for another 186-day period.

State Record

71 Pounds

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Fishing Reports

January - 2018 Fishing Report

The Banana River comes alive during the colder months of year and January is the peak season for deep hole trout, redfish and juvenile black drum. We've been fishing the deeper canals and slews with success during the cold fronts when the water is cold and also catching some great sized fish on the flats adjacent to these holes. Look for the Banana River to improve as the winter gets colder and the fish transition to their winter haunts in pursuit of cold, stable water. Look for mature fish to seek warmth on the shallow shorelines nearby.

Fishing Forecast

January - 2018 Fishing Forecast

Is it going to be an Indian Summer this January or possibly a deep freeze Polar Vortex? These are the questions that all fishing guides want to know. Depending on how this winter plays out with temperatures, winds and other conditions will dictate how our fishing will pan out in January. Unless the water is churned up by high winds, January will produce some of the cleanest and clearest water of the year in Central Florida as colder water kills of plankton life in the lagoons and mild northeast winds often push in clearer water in the ocean. Look for great inshore fishing in the Mosquito Lagoon and Northern end of the Indian River toward Titusville. If the winds and water are all frothed up it can be a crap shoot for fishing in almost every inshore locations and will shutdown all offshore fishing due to small craft warnings and safety warnings. However, between fronts, look for some of the best fishing of the year in January both inshore and offshore in Central Florida.

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