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Old 06-03-2011, 10:22 AM   #1
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out of the hundreds of fish I've caught I've seen some weird stuff but it seems like about 1 in 8 red grouper I catch has worms. I've never seen them on any other fish and it seems like the bigger the fish the more there are. Any one else notice this? Some people say you can cook them inside the fillet and eat them but that's just not going to happen with me.
Also want to know why red grouper prefer different habitat than most other grouper. I always catch them on my red snapper holes where I rarely catch another grouper species. Do they not stay in holes like other grouper? And is there a reason they get worms more often then other fish?
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:38 AM   #2
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See,em alot in specks. Not harmful, but they look nasty and you kinda lose your appetite for fish. I see them mostly in the fish in the summer months than anything. When I fish the winter months I see less of the them in the fish. Just gotta look past the worms when you eat the fish.
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:49 AM   #3
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The last red grouper I caught had ones the size of a maggot and about 15 of them all throughout the meat. Can't pay me to eat one, just sucks throwing out a nice grouper.
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iv seen worms in reds for years pretty tasty little things when u fry them they taste just like fish.
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But do you know why they prefer red grouper and sea trout?
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Lots of fish have worms and the bigger the fish, the more worms. I've found lots of worms in amberjack and wahoo, just to name two species.
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Keep looking for them, you are going to find them. I wonder how many I ate at local fish restaurants?
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Old 06-03-2011, 11:27 AM   #8
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Lots of fish have worms and the bigger the fish, the more worms. I've found lots of worms in amberjack and wahoo, just to name two species.

I've seen them in amberjack too, just not as often as red grouper.
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The last red grouper I caught had ones the size of a maggot and about 15 of them all throughout the meat. Can't pay me to eat one, just sucks throwing out a nice grouper.
Don't throw them out. I am sure there are a ton of people that would glady take them from you. If I lived over your way I would take every Red Grouper you get with worms. They won't hurt you and you can pull em out easy enough. No sense wasting the fish. Check around and see who will take em off your hands.
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When I've cleaned AJ's with them, I just pull the worms out that I see, if I don't see them they're not there.

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