Where to Find Them?
The habitat of the Goliath Grouper ranges from the Florida Keys to the Bahamas and the Brazilian coast. They’re typically found in shallow waters less than 150 feet deep and tend to gather near rock and coral formations, as well as near shipwrecks. The Goliath Grouper is extremely territorial and has been known to attack divers on occasion.
Lures and Tackle
If you’re brave enough to try and land one of these huge fish, the first thing you need to bring is your lunch and a lot of endurance. Their size alone is enough to scare off even the toughest would-be fishermen, but they’ll also fight tooth and nail to stay in the water.
That being said, we recommend, um, heavy tackle and up to 500 lb test line if you do wish to take your chances. As far as bait goes, you can use any legal live bait fish up to 15 pounds, but lures and jigs are almost never effective with this grouper.
Rules and Regulations
As we said earlier, there is currently a federal ban on all harvesting of the Goliath Grouper.