Posted: Sunday, April 3, 2022. 9:53 pm CST.
Photo Courtesy: Belize Game Fish Association
By Aaron Humes: A rare find was made in Belizean waters this weekend – a yellow-edge grouper fish weighing 60 pounds.
According to the Belize Game Fish Association, this species of fish is typically found 600 to 800 feet deep along the muddy bottom of the sea and on average weighs between 20 and 30 pounds, making this one a record-setter.
The U.S. Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council notes that its range extends from North Carolina to Florida, the Gulf, the Caribbean and down to southern Brazil. It can live up to 85 years but matures after six to eight years. The solitary species hangs out along the sea bottom and reefs and can dig burrows in soft-bottom habitats. The fish, like others in the grouper category, exhibits hermaphroditism, typically starting out male and switching to female.
Spawning season runs from February to November in this area, peaking from March to September.
And perhaps most importantly of all, some say it’s the best tasting of all grouper, so the lucky fisherman will see a pretty penny from it. We say congratulations.
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