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A Guide To Florida Fishing:
Sailor's Choice Or Salt-Water Bream
Pompom Or Cuban Queen
Tripletail Or Chobie
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This fish is noted for an ability to change its color. It is a tropical species, and this is the northern portion of its range, which extends to Brazil.
Usually the fish is a pale olive-gray with about four or five vertical bars, olive-brown, irregular, and a square black blotch on its tail. The inside of its mouth has an orange cast. Its ability to change color is reflected in two of its popular names-White Grouper and Gray Grouper. It also is called Rockfish.
The latter name will be remembered by the unlucky angler who fails to stop his Grouper soon enough after hooking him. Like all of his cousins, he heads at once for coral rocks on the ocean bottom where he will foul and cut your line if you let him.
Tackle and methods: A heavy line with 8/0 hook and a wire leader is the proper tackle for the Grouper. You may fish at the same time for this fellow and the Mangrove Snapper, for they frequent the same waters.