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.

Species Information

Scientific Name:Epinephelus niveatus
Ideal Temp:
Technique:Bottom Fishing
Lure Type:Bottom Rig
World Record:70 lbs, 7 ounce - Norfolk Canyon
Other Names:Chocolate Grouper, snowys, snowy grouper

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)

4/16/21 Golden Grounds - 4/16/2021 1:38:00 PM

Capt Jerry steamed the Gulfstar out into seas that were a little rolly going out but as we got further the seas flattened out and we had a beaut (View)

4/5/21 Ultra- Limited Gully of the Giants - 4/5/2021 4:37:00 PM

Capt Jerry and our fellow 9 Fisherman had great weather going out to the Gully searching for the Giants and boy did we ever find them!!! We fish (View)

3/4/21 Pulley Ridge Trip - 3/4/2021 12:42:29 PM

Well we finally got this trip out postponed several times since Dec 3rd due to weather. The skies and seas were beautiful for the ride out and t (View)

LATEST FISHING UPDATES - 2/11/2021 11:26:04 PM

The Rudee Angler Mariner and Whaler have been spending the fall out deep dropping on 17hour 9hour and 6hour trips and have had some of the best (View)

BIG ASS SNOWY - 9/18/2020 1:41:13 PM

Really nice sized Snowy Grouper here.  (View)

Offshore Fishing for Mahi & Tuna! - 7/26/2020 11:37:01 PM

Fun day last week fishing with my uncle Scott aboard the 'Catch 22.' We had a lot of action with mahi mahi and some blackfin tuna. We had also (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)