February can be cold and windy at times, but when the weather breaks it's one of my favorite months to get out and deep drop for snowy, yellowedge and Warsaw grouper
Age and growth of the Warsaw grouper
and black grouper from the southeast region of the United States.
Epinephelus nigritus Jack (genus) Seriola sp.
On wrecks at such depths he's seen thickets of white, stony Oculina coral; "chocolate-milk" thermoclines parting to reveal clear, 48-degree water; schools of Warsaw grouper
, which can top 400 pounds.
If you travel to deeper waters around the oil rigs or other deep drop grounds, tuna, wahoo, dolphin, Warsaw grouper
, yellow edges and tilefish will also eat jigs, provided you have the patience to fish them in 300 or more feet of water.
macrostomum SpnGnt Speckled Hind Epinephelus drumniondhayi SpkHnd Tiger grouper Mycteroperca tigris TgrGpr Tilefish Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps Tilfsh Tomtate Haemulon aurolineatum Tomtat Vermilion snapper Rhomboplites aurorubens VrmSnp Warsaw grouper
Epinephelus nigritus WrsGpr White grunt Haemulon plumieri WhtGnt Whitebone porgy Calamus leucosteus WtbPgy Wreckfish Polyprion arnericanus Wrkfsh Yellow jack Caranx bartholomaei YelJck Yellowedge grouper Epinephelus flauolimbatus YdgGpr Yellowfin grouper Mycteroperca venenosa YlfGpr Yellowmouth grouper Mycteroperca interstitalis YlmGpr Yellowtail snapper Ocyurus chrysurus YtlSnp
A giant Warsaw grouper
follows him like a puppy as he explores the tanker, a large hook and chafed leader dangling from its jaw.
waters CLOSED Warsaw grouper
, Gag grouper speckled hind CLOSED (most waters) CLOSED Fed.
of Cape FL Warsaw grouper
, speckled hind CLOSED Fed.
Only red snapper, Warsaw grouper
and speckled hind are closed.
CLOSURE JUNGLE SEASON CHECKER For the month of APRIL 2013 as of press time FLORIDA SALTWATER FINFISH ATLANTIC COAST Grouper, shallow CLOSED Red snapper CLOSED Fed, waters Warsaw grouper
, speckled hind CLOSED Fed, waters Black sea bass CLOSED Fed, waters GULF OF MEXICO Snook CLOSED UNTIL SEPT.
have declined significantly in numbers, totally disappearing from many deep sea reefs I have studied over the years.