Category Archives: Red Grouper

Captiva Fishing, Red Grouper, May 8, 2017

Red Grouper, Structure, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, July 3, 2016.
Red Grouper, Structure, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, July 3, 2016.

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Red Grouper.

Sanibel & Captiva Rentals
Sanibel & Captiva Rentals

Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Captiva Island, Monday, May 8: Red Grouper, Catch & Release; latest Red Tide Reportbetter water north of Sanibel up through Captiva & North Captiva.  Please click here to Book A Charter or call 239-472-8658.

We’re located at Castaways Marina, Santiva, Sanibel Island, just before the Blind Pass bridge to Captiva Island.

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Cherry Grouper, Blind Pass Wreck, 10-22-13, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Red Grouper, Blind Pass Wreck, 10-22-13, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

The red grouper (Epinephelus morio) is a species of fish in the Family Serranidae. The red grouper’s typical range is coastal areas in the western Atlantic, stretching from southern Brazil to North Carolina in the US and including the Gulf of Mexico.[1][2][3][4]

This demersal, largely sedentary species has an extended (~40 day) pelagic larval stage before it settles in shallow coastal hardbottom habitat as juveniles. They remain in inshore waters for 4–5 years before migrating to offshore hardbottom habitat—particularly on the edge of the continental self—as adults.

Red Grouper 1-3-14, Blind Pass Wreck, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.
Red Grouper, 1-3-14, Blind Pass Wreck, Sanibel & Captiva Islands & Fort Myers Charters & Fishing Guide Service.

Spawning occurs offshore between January and June, peaking in May. While primarily eating benthic invertebrates, the red grouper is an opportunistic feeder in the reef community. The diet commonly includes xanthid and portunid crabs, juvenile spiny lobster, and snapping shrimp, with the occasional fish.

The red grouper is of moderate size, about 125 cm and weighs 23 kg or more. Body coloration is typically reddish-brown color often with many white spots. When aggravated (they are highly territorial) or involved in spawning activities, these fish can very rapidly change coloration patterns, with the head or other parts of the body turning completely white, and the white spots appearing more intense.

Red Or Strawberry Grouper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, 12-20-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Red Or Strawberry Grouper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Sunday, 12-20-15 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Red grouper, like a number of other grouper species, are long-lived, slow to mature, protogynous hermaphrodites, beginning life as females, with some later transforming into males. Females transform into males between the ages of 7 and 12.[5]These characteristics make them highly vulnerable to overfishing.[6] Refer to the sidebar on the right to see its current conservation status on the IUCN red List.

Red grouper actively excavate pits in the seafloor. This activity increases the architectural complexity of the habitat, which attracts other organisms and increases local biodiversity.[7] They start digging in the sediment from the time they settle out of the plankton and continue throughout their lifetime. They use their caudal fin and their mouths to remove debris and sediment from rocks, creating exposed surfaces on which sessile organisms actively settle (e.g., sponges, soft corals, algae).

Red Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, 2-25-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Red Grouper, Catch & Release, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Thursday, 2-25-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

The exposure of structure also attracts a myriad of other species, including mobile invertebrates and a remarkable diversity of other fishes, from gobies and butterflyfish to grunts and snapper.

The lionfish Pterois volitans started invading red grouper habitat by 2008, from Florida Bay to the Florida Keys and offshore to Pulley Ridge, a mesophotic coral reef on the West Florida Shelf west of the Dry Tortugas. Known for being extremely capable predators on small reef fish, scientists are very interested in determining the extent to which their invasion changes the functional dynamics of associated communities.  More background here.

Red Grouper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 3-5-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Red Grouper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Saturday, 3-5-16 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

We’re big advocates of catch and release, particularly for snook, but pretty much for most species.  Only take what you are going to eat, and a lot of fish are better off as sportfish, even if they are in season.  Our motto is let ‘em get bigger and catch ‘em again!

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Red Grouper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, March 22, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.
Red Grouper, Offshore, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing, Tuesday, March 22, 2016 ~ #Sanibel #Captiva.

Whether you’re a longtime customer who has fished with us for many years or a first-time customer, expert fisherman or just a family with young children out to catch fish and have fun, you are going to enjoy being out in the boat with Hank and me!  We greatly appreciate your friendship and business!

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Captain Joey Burnsed ~ please click calendar at the upper left or call 239-472-8658 to book a Sanibel & Captiva Islands, Boca Grande or Fort Myers fishing guide trip or shelling charter.

Red Grouper, 1-3-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.
Red Grouper, 1-3-15, Sanibel Fishing & Captiva Fishing & Fort Myers Fishing Charters & Guide Service.