The following are some giant groupers, the heaviest ever caught and approved as IGFA all-tackle world records.
No. 10 — 100-Pound Broomtail Grouper
On Dec. 29, 1998, Ernesto Jouvin landed the biggest broomtail grouper ever caught and certified as an IGFA all-tackle record. He caught the big grouper off El Muerto Island, Ecuador, using a MirrOlure.
Alberto Peralta boated a giant mottled grouper on Aug. 13, 1996, off the east side of Gibraltar (a small country located between Spain and Morocco). The grouper weighed 109 pounds, 9 ounces and was caught using a mackerel as bait.
The heaviest grouper ever caught and certified as an IGFA world record was this 680-pound goliath grouper. The fish — then generally known as a jewfish — was caught on May 20, 1961, off Fernandina Beach, Florida, using a Spanish mackerel as bait. This particular species of grouper is considered endangered today and protected in the United States and Caribbean.