Snowy Grouper

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Snowy Grouper

Species Information

Scientific Name:Hyporthodus niveatus
Common Names:Chocolate Grouper, snowys, snowy grouper
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About Snowy Grouper

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.

Snowy Grouper Fishing

World Record:70 lbs, 7 ounce - Norfolk Canyon
# Fish Caught:17170 documented in database.
Earliest Record:1/1/1861 12:00:00 AM and located at 21.59196, -79.43408.
Latest Record:8/29/2023 11:17:00 AM and located at 34.76068, -75.50421.
Common Techniques:Bottom Fishing
Popular Lure Types:Bottom Rig
Fishing Spots:2321 Snowy Grouper fishing spots.

Latest Snowy Grouper Fishing Reports and Spots

Back Again!!! - 3/21/2012 1:50:28 AM

Fished PSFL Jan27-Feb2 and once again had a great time. Go2abaco had the hot hand for the yfts on poppers and El Toro picked up the two biggest (View)

Snowy Grouper - 8/29/2023 11:17:00 AM

Caught a small snowy Grouper off of the 030 wreck (View)

Wahoo and Grouper - 7/11/2023 8:40:00 AM

Caught a wahoo while high speeding to the deep. Trolling was slow and the grass was a scattered mess. We stopped in 400' of water and limited ou (View)

Escolar and Other Creatures of the Deep - 6/29/2023 10:20:00 PM

Did a overnighter again, trying to catch Swordfish. We caught several mackrels above and on the thermocline in 200-400 feet deep o in over 100 (View)

Snowy Grouper - 6/10/2023 12:06:00 PM

Caught another decent Snowy Grouper and Black Belly Rosefish (View)

Snowy Grouper, Tilefish, and Rosefish - 6/9/2023 9:47:00 AM

Deep dropping was good. Caught a 35# Snowy Grouper. A couple Blueline Tilefish, and some Blackbelly Rosefish. (View)

10/7/21 Gully of the Giants - 10/7/2021 12:23:00 PM

Another great trips for the books! We headed out Thursday running SW to the grounds. We started fishing at sunlight the next day. Tilefish and m (View)

Fort Lauderdale Deep Sea Fishing - 6/18/2017 10:49:16 AM

Nice mixed bag of fish caught on a half day sportfishing charter The reef action lights up this month with lots of bonitos, kingfish, barr (View)

Abominable Snowman - 5/12/2017 11:37:41 AM

Thick with big snowy grouper, tilefish, and black belly rose fish. This area was not as good to the north, but still thick to the south of h (View)

Nevado Hole - 1/17/2017 7:41:22 PM

Snowys (View)