The two Groupers we catch in the Red Sea are also known as the brown-marbled codfish and the blue-spotted codfish and are species of fish from the Serranidae family. They are found from the Red Sea to Mozambique and down to South Africa. Its natural habitats are shallow seas, coral reefs, and estuarine waters.
They can be caught from near the surface to depths of 100m (330 ft) on reefs. The brown-spotted grouper reaches up to 2.7m (8.9 ft) in length and 400kg (880 lb) in weight. There are unconfirmed reports of it growing much bigger, to over 1,300lb. Giant groupers feed on a variety of marine life, including small sharks and juvenile sea turtles.
They are seldom caught on lures but more readily take large fish baits. Heavy gear is needed to land these monster fish.