Mycteroperca rubra is the scientific name for the mottled grouper, a fish very similar to the Caribbean black grouper (mycteroperca bonaci).
Pigga, as the greek spearos call it, is one of the most elusive Mediterranean preys. A notorious predator that combines the aggressive behavior of both, pelagic and reef hunters. Big numbers of the species can also be found at the northwest African coasts, although at those places the abundance of fish makes the hunt less challenging; also, the low salinity makes the Atlantic variety of mycteroperca rubra less tasty.
In the east med the mottled grouper usually inhabits deep dropoffs -the deeper the better- and is one of the most difficult fish to approach. The only method is leaving the grouper approach himself in a well positioned bottom ambush that will bring the fish within range of a 110-130 double banded gun. A trophy catch that makes for a very proud and ultra excited hunter.
Location: Psili inlet, Peloponnese, Greece
Shooter: Deepww contributor and Greek Spearfishing National Team coach, Nikos Kambanis
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