In the Panhandle of Florida, fishing for grouper in Clearwater is one of the most popular activities. These powerful fish are found feeding near the ocean floor, which means that we go bottom fishing to catch them – and reeling grouper in through the depths of the Gulf of Mexico is a serious challenge for any level of angler in Clearwater.
Grouper have no teeth lining the insides of the jaws. Massive tooth plates are used to crush, kill and suck their prey before swallowing them whole. Combined with their stocky bodies and extremely large mouths, grouper are incredibly easy to identify in Clearwater. Grouper have been known to attack humans, even fatally on occasion. Our Clearwater fishing charters use both live and frozen bait to catch grouper with equal success.
In Clearwater, grouper typically weigh less than 100lbs but have been documented as gigantic as 500lbs. These extraordinarily strong fish are found in abundance in Clearwater. There are several varieties of grouper swimming off the coast, the most common of them being the gag grouper and the goliath grouper.
Although we catch grouper in Clearwater throughout the year (different varieties and closer to shore), the best time to catch them is in the springtime – which is in April and May. This is when grouper spawn and anglers will travel to the wrecks, rocks and reefs where this is happening. Any angler with a grouper on their line must be ready to do battle with these challenging fish, and our Clearwater fishing charters delight in dropping live pinfish so we can feel the grouper inhaling the bait.
Many seafood restaurants in Clearwater serve grouper as an entree to hungry diners. Grilled, baked or fried, grouper is a truly delicious fish and our personal favorite is fried grouper fingers. Take your catch along with you to any of these restaurants and they will ensure that your grouper is prepared into the tastiest dish that it can be. An expert chef will thrill you at set prices cheaper than any dishes offered on their menus.
Call us now to book your Clearwater Grouper Fishing Charter and discover the joy of exhilaration.