Scientific Name: Epinephelus niveatus
Technique: Bottom Fishing
Lure Type: Bottom Rig
World Record: 70 lbs, 7 ounce - Norfolk Canyon
The snowy grouper (Hyporthodus niveatus) is a species of marine fish in the family Serranidae. It is found in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico neighborhood: in Aruba, the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panama, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Venezuela.
Snowy groupers can be found in the outer continental shelf of the South Atlantic Bight, which is characterized by ridges, terraces and precipitous cliffs. The species is distributed in the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Lesser Antilles and the northern coast of Cuba.
Snowy grouper are protogynous hermaphrodites, spawning from May to June and releasing more than 2 million eggs. Fish are capable of reproducing when they are 4 or 5 years old, about 18 to 20 inches long. They may reach a maximum age of 17 years and a weight of 70 pounds. Snowy grouper are bottom fish and ambush their prey.