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 Yellowedge Grouper
(Epinephelus flavolimbatus)


 Distribution & Size

Yellowedge Grouper (Epinephelus flavolimbatus) You’ll locate this fish between 210-900 feet deep in the western Atlantic from North Carolina to southern Brazil, especially along the continental shelf break and throughout the Gulf of Mexico. They’ll be associated with both rocky and soft sad and mud bottoms.

World Record Yellowedge Grouper of 46lb 2oz captured on the Rudee Angler headboat out of Rudee Inlet, Virginia Beach by angler Heath Cataulin.

 General Information

The maximum known size is 45.3 inches. This grouper also is included in the 4-per-person-per-day grouper aggregate creel with no size limit.* Their food consists of a large variety of invertebrates, especially brachyuran crabs and ray-finned fishes. Species found in the stomachs of these fish include squids, octopuses, crabs, eels, lizardfish, seahorses, scorpion fish and searobins. The life span is about 20 years, and females often become males when they reach lengths of 29.5 inches. Common size is around 40lbs.
 

 Tackle & Bait

Deep drop tackle with electric reel is essential unless you fancy a long manual wind with a 3lb lead. Feeds on squids, octopuses, crabs, eels, lizardfish, seahorses, scorpion fish, and searobins and fishes. Fishing methods include drifting. Best baits are cut fish or squid.

 Eating Qualities

Good. Yellowedge are excellent food fish. The white, flaky fillets may be baked, broiled, basted over charcoal, or prepared in fish chowder. The bones are large and easily discarded. Nutritional Information per 100g of raw Yellowedge fillet: Calories 92g, Total Fat 1.02g, Total Protein 19.3g, Omega-3 0.25g, Cholesterol 39mg, Sodium 53mg.
 

 State Limits & Regulations

 46lb 2oz World Record Yellowedge Grouper pictured above was caught off Virginia in 2008.

Size Limit  Closed Season  Daily Rec. Bag Limit  Remarks
None None Four per person per day grouper aggregate limit None
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