Goliath Grouper
  • Also called Jewfish, Spotted Jewfish, Southern Jewfish, Esonue, Florida Jewfish, Great Grouper, Guasa Mero.
  • This is the largest of the Grouper family.
  • Juveniles are brilliantly marked with a series of irregular dark brown bars against a light brown or gray background, extending from head to tail. Numerous black spots are usually present as well on head, sides and fins. Adults have the same pattern but in more subdued shades of brown that are not so brilliantly contrasted. The tail is round, as are the posterior, dorsal, anal and pectoral fins.
  • Diet: Crustaceans, lobster, stingrays, turtles and fish.
  • Goliath Grouper are found throughout Florida and the Bahamas.
  • Juveniles to around 100 pounds frequent mangrove creeks and bays of Southwest Florida. Adults can be found at a variety of depths, from holes and channels of coastal waters out to offshore ledges and reefs; also around pilings of bridges and under deepwater.
It can grow to 8 feet and 700 pounds. Most Goliath Grouper catches are in the 20-pound range.