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 Snowy Grouper
(Epinephelus niveatus)


 Distribution & Size

Snowy grouper can be found in the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico and the waters of the Lesser Antilles and the northern coast of Cuba. This fish is usually taken off rocky bottoms along the edge of the continental shelf around 80-120 fathoms deep, though juveniles occasionally may be found inshore. Snowy grouper spawn from May to June. Each female produces more than 2-million eggs.

 General Information

They may reach a maximum age of 17 years, a weight of 70 pounds and a total length of 4 feet. The snowy grouper is territorial, like most grouper, and waits to ambush its prey, which includes gastropods, cephalopods, brachyuran crustaceans and ray-finned fishes. Larger adults may be called golden groupers. They may reach a maximum age of 17 years and a weight of 70 pounds. The snowy grouper is territorial, like most groupers, and waits to ambush its prey.

 Tackle & Bait

Deep drop tackle and an electric reel are a must.

 Eating Qualities

Good. Snowy grouper have a delicate flavor. The fillets are very white with a minimal amount of red muscle.

 State Limits & Regulations

There is a grouper aggregate creel of four grouper per person, per day, with no size limit. *

Alabama State Record Snowy Grouper 52 lbs 9 oz.

World Record 68lb caught off Virginia in 2008.

Size Limit  Closed Season  Daily Rec. Bag Limit  Remarks
None None Atlantic: 1 per harvester per day.
Gulf: 4 per harvester per day.
None
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