Giant grouper, Black jewfish, Garrupa negrita
The Warsaw grouper ranges from reddish-brown to a grey brown, blending to a lighter coloration on the belly. It has a second dorsal spine which is extended and noticeable as well as the occasional white splotching of color on the dorsal fin. All other fins are dark.
Habitat & Behaviour
Warsaw Grouper are found near underwater features such as drop-offs, overhangs, ledges or other rocks. They are most common in deeper waters and the larger adult fish are often much deeper. Juveniles and younger mature fish can sometimes be found near or in coral reefs.
Warsaw Grouper have a diet of mainly invertebrates and small fish, so long as it can be swallowed whole.
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.