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Old 02-01-2014, 09:48 PM   #1
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I saw that grouper season is open year round.(not gags) Is this in state waters only?
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Old 02-01-2014, 09:53 PM   #2
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NEW: At the September meeting, the FWC Commission eliminated the February 1 through March 31 grouper closure for black, red, yellowfin, yellowmouth, rock hind, red hind, and scamp. These species of grouper are now open year-round in state waters of the Gulf
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I don't fish much in state waters because I enjoy the long ride to the middle of no where. But can you catch keeper grouper in state water of those species. Or is it like the 29.5 inch amberjack to the fork.
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i have caught many reds and a few scamps in state waters my question is are our groupers that we call gags are they gags or blacks i hear them called both up here then i know some old timers call the gags green eyes all i have caught did have green eyes but i saw a black caught in the tourtagas that looked just like our fish just more pronounced markings just wondered if any of u bottom fisherman have caught both up here and which is the common species maybe its like spanish and kings to the untrained eye they look the same but if u catch them every day they look nothing alike
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This will clear it up how you tell the difference between Black and Gag Groupers.

http://www.marinesciencecenter.com/gaggrouper.htm
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it's a million to one shot to see a true "black" grouper in this area. they do happen but it's extremely rare.

99.99% of the grouper that folks around here refer to as black or gag are indeed gag.
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it's a million to one shot to see a true "black" grouper in this area. they do happen but it's extremely rare.

99.99% of the grouper that folks around here refer to as black or gag are indeed gag.
I dunno bout that. I know of a couple big blacks caught in this area. They are here.
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The back of the gill on a black is more round where a gag is more pointed. Easy to spot if you look at that.
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OK, so maybe not a true million to one, but I'd stand by the 99.99% which would be for every 10,000 gags caught you'd have one black caught.
still pretty good odds of not catching a black.
not to mention, I'd just be willing to bet you that the blacks that have been caught were 40+ miles SSW to SW of the pass...quite a ways from Pensacola. I can only remember one Black being posted on here that was a good one and then some divers posted what was obviously a gag as a black grouper one time.

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I dunno bout that. I know of a couple big blacks caught in this area. They are here.
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