Grouper, Yellowfin

Food Quality:

Grouper, Yellowfin

Avg. Length


Avg. Weight


World Record


FL Record

34lbs 6oz

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Scientific Name

Mycteroperca venenosa

Common Names

Red rockfish, Spotted grouper, Bonaci cardinal


Yellowfin Grouper have a broad range of coloration from olive green to brighter red with spotting or blotches of color on the entire body. The Yellowfin takes its name from the distinguished yellow fin color, though some parts of their fins may be darker.

Habitat & Behaviour

Yellowfin Groupers can be found mostly in reefs or other rocky structured areas. They can also occasionally be found offshore near muddy bottoms.

Natural Prey

Yellowfin Grouper are predators hunting smaller fish as well as cephalopods and other invertebrates.

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.