Grouper, Scamp

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Grouper, Scamp

Avg. Length


Avg. Weight


World Record

29lbs 10oz

FL Record

28lbs 6oz

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Scientific Name

Mycteroperca phenax

Common Names

Brown grouper, Broomtail grouper, Abadejo


The Scamp Grouper is characterized by its brown to dark brown appearance fading to a white underside. They are covered with leopard like darker spots that can occasionally form lines or spots. They have a different looking tail which can be described as a slanted broom like appearance. The tail usually has a few extended spines protruding from it.

Habitat & Behaviour

Scamp Grouper can be found near underwater structures such as ledges, rocks, wrecks and reefs. They are partial to warm water temperatures and will move further inshore during a drop in water temperature.  

Natural Prey

Scamp Grouper have a diet consisting of octopus, crabs, shrimp, other cephalopods, invertebrates and small fish.

Handling Tips

Reef fish like the Grouper require anglers to use dehooking tools and venting tools to safely release the fish. When releasing keep in water, remove hook with pliers or dehooker and vent accordingly if you brought it up from a deep depth. Grouper all share a set of very sharp teeth and very sharp gill plates. Put fingers gently inside gill plate (just in corner , not too far inside), pinch outside of lip with thumb – easiest way to hang onto them. Spines not known to injure.