Brown Marbled Grouper ( Epinephelus fuscoguttatus )
Common Name: Grouper, Rockcod, Blotchy Grouper, Tiger Grouper, Flower Cod
Local Name: Lapu Lapu (Tagalog), Pugapo (Cebuano)
Max Size: 120 cm (11 kg)
Biodiversity: Marine, Reef Associated,
Depth: 1– 60 m
Fishing Season: All Year Long
Minimum Size Limit: 12 inches
Recommended Bait/Lures: Shrimp, Squid, fish or cut bait; jigs
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT)
Grouper are some of the more elusive gamefish found around the country in the ocean. This species is no exception. The Brown Marbled Grouper is distinguished from its numerous cousins by it unique blotched and marbled brown pattern. This species, like most grouper species here, is a highly valued fish. They are prized for their white flakey flesh and are marketed both live and fresh around the country.
These grouper can be caught a variety of ways on both artificial and natural baits and lures. Groupers like this tend to be quite difficult to land because of their tendency to dive for cover once hooked. I sturdy leader line is necessary to land one of these fish. Grouper are also known as to be more active at night.
Grouper are one of the fish here in the Philippines that have been chosen for farm raising. This particular species has been successfully raised in saltwater ponds . There is some difficulty however in raising grouper in ponds because of their carnivorous nature and high meat diet. This particular species is listed as near threatened, however it is our opinion that in fact they are not and that the fish’s cautious nature and feeding habits make them seem rarer than they actually are.