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Jewfish Description: The head and fins of this massive fish is covered with small black spots with irregular dark and vertical bars present on the sides of body. Unlike many grouper the pectoral and caudal fins are rounded and first dorsal fin is shorter than and not separated from second dorsal. Adult Jewfish are huge and up to 800 and beyond pounds, their eyes are quite small for their large size.
Where Jewfish Are Found: These larger grouper are found nearshore and inshore often around docks, in deep holes, and on ledges while their young often occur in estuaries, especially around oyster bars and currents. These groupers are more abundant in southern Florida than in northern waters but we find many in Central Florida at Sebastian Inlet and off Port Canaveral.
In the east central Florida area Jewfish are abundant almost anywhere there is tide flow and structure.
Jewfish is the informal name of some species of fish, including:
Glaucosoma hebraicum, the West Australian Dhufish
Epinephelus itajara, the Goliath grouper
Argyrosomus japonicus, also called mulloway in Australia and dusky Kob in South Africa
Jewfish is also the name of a place: Jewfish, Florida, an unincorporated community in Monroe County, Florida