Grouper are in the sea bass family (subfamily Epinephelinae of the family Serranidae ) and during the late summer months we will find several off our coast that travel north with the gulf stream, or are pushed in by storms. We have seen many kinds in our waters over the years.
They look like bass and come in an array of colors and patterns. Delaware does not have any regulations on groupers since they are not even supposed to be this far north.
They will hit any type pf bait and lures that are commonly used for bass and flounder. We tend to see the juvenile species the most in the inland bays, and around rocky areas like the outer and inner walls of the Delaware bay at the harbor of safe refuge. They can also be found on reef and wreck sites.