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Science Name: Epinephelus itajara
Other Names: goliath grouper, spotted jewfish, southern jewfish, Florida jewfish
World Record: 680 lbs. Florida
Environment: inshore, coastal, reef
Techniques: bottom fishing, heavy tackle, drift fishing

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brian | Posted: September 13, 2007

I caught a tiny little jewfish on a charter trip in destin. That little sucker ate a whole squid that was nearly as big as he was.

Joshua Devilbiss | Posted: September 1, 2006

Use frozen sardines about 6 to 8 inches long on a circle hook, I use 50 pound Test on a middle grounds pole(poles for amberjack and sharks). I also use 8oz. weights so that my bait doesn't move with the tide. p.s. Watch out for the crabs, they like the sardines to.

Marc | Posted: November 11, 2002

If you like to catch the big ones at the north pier you have to try, if you don't already know that is, next to stingray Ladyfish are like candy to them, preferably 12"-18" and you will not have to wait long!!!

They are everywhere out there right now and have been all year. Right now I just upped my mono to 100lb and between my brother and I we were broke off 6x in about 3 hours!11/10/02---

Hope this can help someone HOOK UP with the big ones cause they are definatly out there!!!