Grouper (Snowy) (Hyporthodus niveatus)

Grouper (Snowy)

  • Food Value Excellent
  • Game Qualities Average
  • Habitats Offshore, Reef, Wreck

Affectionately referred to as Snowies, this species is called Snowy grouper due to the white spots spread all over its side. The larger they get, the less noticeable these will be, which explains why they’re also known as Chocolate Grouper. Snowy Grouper fishing can be difficult for novice anglers because they like to hide in reefs and rocks. Those who do manage to get the better of them are rewarded with a delicious meal.

How Big?

The biggest Snowy Grouper ever was caught in the Atlantic, at the Norfolk Canyon. It was just over 48” long, weighing a respectable 70bs 7oz. A more common catch will hover around 23” in length and 35 lb in weight.

When and Where

For the most part, Snowies will be found in the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. They can be caught pretty much any time of year, with the high point being the summer season.

How to Catch

Considering these fish live in depths from 380 to 800 feet, it should come as no surprise that deep dropping is the best way to catch a big, juicy Snowie. They will also lunge at pretty much anything you try and tease them with (anglers will usually stick with Squid or Barracuda strips).

Good to Eat?

Absolutely delicious! The taste and texture is very similar to Black Grouper, but it has a distinct flavor of it’s own. There’s a bunch of ways to prepare this fish, so experiment away!

Regulations

Season - Open to harvest from May 1 through August 31.

Bag Limit - A single fish per vessel per day is allowed.

Size Limit - None.

Fish Species Similar to Grouper (Snowy)

Grouper (Black)

Grouper (Broomtail)

Grouper (Dusky)

Grouper (Gag)

Grouper (Goliath)

Grouper (Red)

Grouper (Scamp)


Top Grouper (Snowy) Fishing Charters