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Grouper Fish

Giant Goliath Grouper
Giant Goliath Grouper

Grouper fish can be found swimming in warm tropical waters. They are fished primarily in Florida, The Bahamas and most of the Caribbean. These fascinating fish can grow as large as 800 lbs! Catching this Grouper fish is fun and challenging as they have been known to make a run and hide in reefs once they are hooked.

The Grouper Fish is a flaky white meat fish and is considered fine food quality. Grouper Fish is highly sought after in local Anna Maria Island restaurants as a featured menu item.

People come from all over to sample the famous Florida grouper sandwich. Typically served blackened, fried or grilled with a side of tarter sauce and a dash of lemon, this is one Florida specialty that is not to be missed.

Nothing beats a beer battered grouper sandwich on a deck overlooking the beautiful Florida waters
Nothing beats a beer battered grouper sandwich on a deck overlooking the beautiful Florida waters

Many restaurants on Anna Maria Island serve fantastic grouper sandwiches. Some local favorite places to relax and sample this treat with with friends are the deck at The Sandbar Restaurant, The Beachhouse Restaurant, The Mar Vista Pub, The Rod N Reel Pier or Blue Marlin Grill to name just a few.

The bar at the famous waterfront Mar Vista Pub
The bar at the famous waterfront Mar Vista Pub

Grouper are funny fish. They get so large and have actually been known to stalk humans swimming in the water with them! They can be scary because they grow so large and swallow their food whole! These fish have even been known to eat sharks as seen in this video. Goliath Grouper eats shark.

Besides eating them another fun thing to do is to charter a boat and catch your own Grouper fish. Captain Logan charters fishing trips as does Captain Mikey.

Next time you visit Anna Maria make sure to visit a local restaurant and enjoy this Florida specialty or call Captain Logan or Captain Mikey and catch your own!

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