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10 Giant World-Record Groupers

10 of the biggest grouper ever caught and approved as all-tackle records

The following are some giant groupers, the heaviest ever caught and approved as IGFA all-tackle world records.

No. 10 — 100-Pound Broomtail Grouper

biggest broomtail grouper ever caught 100 pounds

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.

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No. 9 — 109-Pound Mottled Grouper

mottled grouper weighing 109 pounds, 9 ounces

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.

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No. 8 — 113-Pound Gulf Grouper

113-pound gulf grouper

William Klaser landed the all-tackle record gulf grouper off Loreto in Baja California Sur, Mexico. The big fish weighed 113 pounds and was caught using a live mackerel on April 25, 2000.

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No. 7 — 121-Pound Mustache Grouper

121-pound, 4-ounce mustache grouper.

On New Year’s Day 1998, Charles-Antoine Roucayrol caught the all-tackle world-record mustache grouper. The 121-pound, 4-ounce fish was taken off Desroches Island, Seychelles, using a Kita lure.

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No. 6 — 124-Pound Black Grouper

124-pound black grouper caught using a bonito in the Gulf of Mexico

Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico off Texas, Tim Oesteich II reeled in a 124-pound black grouper. He caught the whopper using a bonito on Jan. 3, 2011.

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No. 5 — 171-Pound Potato Grouper

171-pound, 10-ounce potato grouper

On June 11, 2004, Takayuki Shibayama caught the record 171-pound, 10-ounce potato grouper. He caught the fish off Miyako Island in Okinawa, Japan. He was using a live snapper as bait.

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No. 4 — 264-Pound Convict Grouper (Mahata)

264-pound, 8-ounce convict grouper

Koji Yoshida caught the all-tackle record convict grouper off Yonaguni Island in Okinawa, Japan, on April 25, 2011. The astonishing 264-pound, 8-ounce grouper was fooled into taking a shad.

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No. 3 — 395-Pound Giant Grouper

295-pound, 11-ounce giant grouper off Latham Island, Tanzania

On March 4, 2012, Shayne Keith Nelson caught a monstrous giant grouper off Latham Island, Tanzania. The “giant” weighed 295 pounds, 11 ounces. It was hooked using a bonito as bait.

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No. 2 — 436-Pound Warsaw Grouper

436-pound, 12-ounce all-tackle world-record warsaw grouper

On Dec. 22 1985, Steve Haeusler landed the current, all-tackle world-record warsaw grouper. The huge 436-pound, 12-ounce fish was caught off Florida in the Gulf of Mexico.

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No. 1 — 680-Pound Goliath Grouper

680-pound goliath grouper aka jewfish

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.

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