• Upper profile concave at nape
  • Elongated dorsal and anal fins give the illusion of three tails
  • Head and body typically has blotches of tan to yellow or dark brown
  • Edge of preopercle (cheek) very serrated 

Size: Up to 42 inches 


Found in bays and estuaries to offshore waters. Associate strongly with floating objects such as buoys or channel markers.


Found in Florida primarily during spring, summer and fall.

Additional Information

State Record:External Website 40.8 lbs.

Fishing Tips and Facts: Often found near structure and when hooked will seek to escape by heading hard for shelter.

Recreational Regulations

Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles

FWC Facts:
Groupers are very slow-growing fish, taking anywhere from 4-8 years to reach sexual maturity.

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