Grouper, broomtail

(Mycteroperca xenarcha)

(Jordan, 1888); SERRANIDAE FAMILY

Broomtail grouper can be distinguished from other eastern Pacific grouper by the exserted ray on the tail, giving the fish its namesake broomtail appearance. Broomtail have a broad distribution stretch from southern California south to Peru. Juveniles may be found inshore around mangrove estuaries, while adults are typically found offshore to depths of 60 meters. They are savage ambush predators that must be quickly turned once hooked before they can retreat into structure.

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Current All Tackle Record

108 lbs. 9 ounces.

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