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Old 07-14-2018, 07:05 AM
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Never having had the opportunity to try goliath grouper, aka jewfish, on the table (after all, they've been protected for 28 years), I was wondering, if and when the state and feds open up a limited harvest in a year or two, would it be worthwhile to target one for its culinary qualities?

I mean, I love all other grouper species, including Warsaw, and can't imagine one tasting.much different. Of course I realize the meat would be much courser than, say, a big gag or yellowedge, with each flake off a filet being about the size of a small t-bone, but does this reallyl detract from its quality?

It sure would be nice to put a year's worth of prime meat in the freezer as a result of one bite!
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Why is it every GA-Boys dream to come to FL for "week" but take home a "years" worth of fillets for freezer burn??????????

Been hearing this same crapola for decades now.
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I had it in Cuba a few years back and it was GREAT! Fish was 40-45 pounds.....and the soup they made out of it’s big ol head was even better
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Originally Posted by Grunts N Grits View Post
Why is it every GA-Boys dream to come to FL for "week" but take home a "years" worth of fillets for freezer burn??????????

Been hearing this same crapola for decades now.
You got the wrong Georgia boy. I had a house and boat on the Panhandle for 35 years. I may have worked in Georgia, but I "lived" in Florida. I never "dream" about fishing in the Sunshine State. I simply fish there.
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The fish under 50 lbs are as good as most any grouper.

I used to kill and sell them. We did keep a 150 pound or so fish one time to eat. Flavor was fine but a little course.

It did however make some of the best stew and chowder meat in the world. We ate up every damn bit of it over one winter.

They open it up some day I'm gonna kill me another one.
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I watched a cool fishing video where the guys found a deep cut under a mangrove island in the keys. Loaded with juvenile Goliath. Up to like 10 pounds. I’d like to eat a couple of those.
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When it was legal to sell fish someone at the gas station looked at my 30 pound Jewfish and begged me to let him buy it saying he couldn't wait to get that fish into his mouth. I took it home for pix and then he got his wish.

on a different trip we legally speared one off Port Salerno about 40 pounds and my buddies said it was great.

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Originally Posted by Grunts N Grits View Post
Why is it every GA-Boys dream to come to FL for "week" but take home a "years" worth of fillets for freezer burn??????????

Been hearing this same crapola for decades now.
Well it sure is this Canadian boys dream
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Originally Posted by Grunts N Grits View Post
Why is it every GA-Boys dream to come to FL for "week" but take home a "years" worth of fillets for freezer burn??????????

Been hearing this same crapola for decades now.
I have had a great experience with keeping fillets for a year using my Gamesaver Vacuum machine. No freezer burn!
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They taste like any other grouper, keep the smaller ones, let the bigger ones swim away.
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We caught some smaller ones several times when people thought they were gags so since they were on ice we cleaned and cooked them. They tasted just the same. But I have no experience eating a big one.
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If you visited Florida back in the 50's, 60's, or 70's and you went to a all you can eat fish dinner (they were everywhere)... thank a Goliath Grouper for an enjoyable meal. Think of a Goliath as beef, you can have veal or chuck and all sorts of cuts in between.
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They are a real problem around here. I say open the season up for for 2 weeks and have at them. Had one rip my ARS off my shaft at 45’ this year. They are sitting in a bunch of rock piles 3-500 pound fish multiple fish. You shoot your gun and it’s a dinner bell for them to come running and steal your catch since they are too lazy to get there own!
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Originally Posted by Buttapollock1010 View Post
They are a real problem around here. I say open the season up for for 2 weeks and have at them. Had one rip my ARS off my shaft at 45’ this year. They are sitting in a bunch of rock piles 3-500 pound fish multiple fish. You shoot your gun and it’s a dinner bell for them to come running and steal your catch since they are too lazy to get there own!
Wonder what else they eat if there are no divers around?

I would prefer a lottery system like they do for Gator hunts... but they're way too many now.

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Tastes like a mix of sea turtle and manatee.
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Tastes like a mix of sea turtle and manatee.
with a side of bald eagle
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