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Gag Grouper

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Gag Grouper

Mycteroperca microlepis

  • Closed Season: June 1 – Dec. 31
  • Size Limit: Minimum 24" total length
  • Bag Limit: 2 per person within 4 grouper aggregate bag limit

Fish a rocky bottom to catch many of the fish found in Estero Bay, including the prized Gag Grouper. Be ready for a thrill because this guy doesn’t come in easily. Most grouper strike extremely hard and then, once hooked, fight even harder. Gags use the rocky landscape they frequent to their advantage once they’re hooked and will often attempt to take your line down into a hole. The attentive angler knows to crank the reel’s drag down to prevent the grouper from reaching a hole or else the chance for a catch disappears into the hole with him. Delicious, firm white flesh makes this fish excellent table fare and some much sought after game nearly everywhere in Florida.