One of the largest fish found in Australian waters. The Grouper can reach 2.3 meters in length.
How To Identify:
Groper is a typical cod shaped fish of the tropics and temperate waters with the normal large mouth associated with tropical cod species. It is a greyish brown fading to a cream or dull white belly. It has orange spots. It is often confused with the Estuary Cod (http://www.myfishingplace.com.au/fish/cod-estuary) of the coastal rivers and estuaries however the Groper is only vaguely mottled in dark brown where as the estuary cod has distinctive spots and 5 almost vertical bars running down its body. Groper can reach lengths of 2.3 meters.
How To Catch:
Groper will readily take any large fish bait, and will often steal line caught fish when bring brough to the boat. I once had one take a large golden snapper that I was bringing to the boat, the groper got hooked and it took me 45 min to subdue the groper which was estimated at around 150 kilos.
Found from New South Wales, right up the Queensland Coast and across Northern Territory into Western Australia.