Goliath Grouper

Tampa bay is loaded with Goliath Grouper especially since the ban put into effect over 20 years ago. Their numbers continue to climb as well as their size. Although they must be returned to the ocean, they make great fighters and are true trophies for someone who wants to do battle with a giant fish. The Goliath can range from 100 to 300 pounds; larger ones range from 400 to 500 pounds. There are some exceeding 600 pounds. Some records indicate they get over 800 pounds, and with the population as healthy as it is these days they are probably out there or are at least starting to get that big.