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Most of the wrecks I’ve dove seem to have at least one Goliath. We dove a pyramid last year And there was a large Goliath living in the middle. Fwiw
I haven't dove in 15 years, but I hardly ever used to see them back then. I honestly think I have only had one real sighting. The population must be booming! One thing I noticed about that video was no lionfish. How close do you typically see them?
 

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Jewfish and bears, they're FWC's sacred cows. Probably millions of them in state waters but they'll never admit it. Their 200 tag "season" of twenty pounders is like picking up a grain of sand on the beach. From St. Joe to St. Augustine there's not a wreck, tower, big rock, pass or inlet that isn't wrapped up with them.
 
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I recently saw a Goliath under the bridge going into the front gate of NAS. I couldn’t believe it either but it showed itself. Just for a moment and swam back down.
 

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Those big Jewfish now called Goliath grouper have been on Pensacola wrecks way before I got here in 76. I would occasionally spear a small one in the jetties. Small about 20 lbs. All before any regs on them. Key west and Tampa, Bradenton areas are also loaded with some monster goliath. They are all over.
Never had a problem with them taking lobster or any fish from me. There meat is not very good to eat. The cuban and philipenos love them and figured a way to make them editable.
 

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My father in law had 8mm film he shot back in the 70’s of flounder laying on and a Goliath swimming in an out of the Mass. I asked him why he didn’t spear the Goliath, he laughed and said he didn’t want to get dragged into the Mass.



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