Thick-lipped Grouper

Thick-lipped Grouper so-called because of their distinctive thick lips. The word “grouper” is from the Portuguese name, Garoupa. Source Wikipedia. I remember well the days fishing when my friend Mark pictured below caught this great specimen. I think it’s unusual to catch them from our stretch of beach as this one is one of only two caught over 20 years. It gave him 15 minutes of fighting fun bringing it in and we thought it was going to be a fish of a much larger size given the way his rod was bending. They are lovely fish to eat with a meaty texture especially good for fish stews.

Beach fishing
I’ll just get this rod holder in the sand and we’ll start guys!
Thick-lipped Grouper
Thick-lipped Grouper

When is the best time to catch Thick-lipped Grouper?

Available all year in The Gambia. They are slow and powerful swimmers and like nip and big spring tides alike. Wanna go, see our fishing page.

What do they feed on?

They don’t go for lures preferring live bait such as crab and bonga-fish and their favourite large prawns threaded up the line.

Biggest fish caught in The Gambia?

From the boat and beach Thick-lipped Grouper exceed just 4 kilo

Biggest personal best?

My personal best was and is 3 kilo, although Marks pictured above was closer to 5 kilo, both caught from the beach closest to Footsteps.

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