Diver Films The Bottom Of The Boca Grande Phosphate Dock! Check Out What He Found!

Published on June 28, 2017 under Monster Fish, Salt Strong, Underwater

boca grande phosphate dock grouper

Holy Goliath Grouper Honey Hole!

After watching countless videos of anglers pulling up Goliath Grouper in and around the famous old phosphate dock at Boca Grande, I always knew that there must be a bunch of them down there.

And after fishing around this area many times and getting broken off in the pilings, I knew there must have been tons of grouper down there…

But I had no idea it was packed wall to wall with them.

Make sure to watch the entire video to see just how big this school of Goliath Grouper really is.

Wowzers!

The diver, explorer, and photographer David Vanden Bosch (aka Diver Dave) was the guy who captured all of this amazing footage last month while down at the bottom of the old Boca Grande Phosphate Dock.

To say that those old pillars were LOADED with fish is an understatement.

Not only did he find what could be the world record Goliath Grouper hideout, but he also saw snook, snapper, spadefish, and even a toadfish!

Great job David! Thank you for sharing this amazing dive with us.

I know there are countless anglers that have always wondered what the view was like down there.

Enjoy.

Related Post: Is It Time To Let Recreational Anglers Keep Goliath Grouper Again?

Related Video: These Guys Take A GoPro To The Bottom Of Sebastion Inlet! Check Out What They Found!

P.S. – If you think your friends or fishing networks would like to see this, please Tag them or Share this with them. You Rock! Pa-POW!

salt strong pop quiz

Leave a Reply

22 Comments on "Diver Films The Bottom Of The Boca Grande Phosphate Dock! Check Out What He Found!"

avatar
  Subscribe  
newest oldest
Notify of
Capt. Kurt Elwood
Guest
Capt. Kurt Elwood

When you can catch a 20 pounder in the Estero back bay its time to do something.
I had a conversation with an fwc official.
Told him have a slot limit from 30 pounds to 80 pounds and charge 50 bucks a tag per month.
There the best eating.
I grew up on jew fish chouder and sure miss it.

Milt
Guest
Milt

No such thing as goliath grouper…..That’s just a made up PC word for people who are afraid to be honest. Those fish under the dock………are JEWFISH………….

Captain Russ Crocker
Guest
Captain Russ Crocker

The Goliaths are just as thick on most of the other sites in the Gulf. Anyone who thinks they are endangered needs to dive or try to bring up a decent fish. These big boys are like a hoover vacuum cleaner with the other species in the area. A limited season should be opened up for the GGs. As many have already stated, they are thick and devouring any fish in the area. Been here nearly thirty years and have never seen so many!

Susan Coburn
Guest
Susan Coburn

I know what your saying, you dont see many other types of fish besides grouper in the video.I would think there would be quite a variety at place like that. But.. They have to eat! Great film

Pam
Guest
Pam

P.S. What a great video!! Thank you!!!

Pam
Guest
Pam

What kind of striped smaller fish goes by at about 4:53. Let’s see I am from here and what has been done, is twenty years ago the place was crawling with commercial net fisherman, they are banned. These fish flourish because of the Tarpon population that they feast on. That what was happening to these fish. There are plenty of red fish, snapper, snook around. They just have different places to hide out. If you know the local waters, you know where they are. Many years ago, we used to go shrimping here at night. Take out a large light, shine on the water and the shrimp just came to you, hundreds of them. It is not like that anymore. Boca Grande water is so beautiful, but there are some riptides in the pass and by the old light house on the beach that will carry you away with the 50 million sharks that are out there (really that is not an exaggeration, you have to see them from the air)

Milt
Guest
Milt

50 million sharks? Come on…..I was born and raised at Boca Grande. Get real.

Pam
Guest
Pam

Okay, it is hard to count from the air,but it sure looks like it !

Barbara
Guest
Barbara

This video is beautiful … but I hope this area is protected in some way so that every fisherman in the area won’t now be rushing there to wipe them all out!

KHuff
Guest
KHuff

They should open season on them for recreatioal fishermen with slot size and limit like every other fish . They’re devouring all the other legal fish !!!

Capt. Kurt Elwood
Guest
Capt. Kurt Elwood

Barbara there is a over abundance of them.
from the shore line out to 100 miles off the coast ..seaing that many in 1 spot tells me there’s plenty of other fish for them to eat.
would you stay in an area if there isn’t much to eat..fish are the same way. These fish eat anything that moves.. wait till you hook a nice grouper or snapper and get it next to your boat and a 600 pounder eats it in front of you ..happens just about everytime when your off shore.

laura ferrell
Guest
laura ferrell

Hey what depth at the bottom of the dive.

Courtney Coppola
Guest
Courtney Coppola

The toadfish you mention in the video is actually a batfish. They are indeed knows for crawling across the bottom, but are different than the local species of toadfish we often see in the area. Awesome video though! I’ve snorkeled part of it before and seen huge schools of snook in the shallower parts.

Scarlett
Guest
Scarlett

i’d like to know what the background music is, do you have any idea?

Al Sardina
Guest
Al Sardina

Notice that there are barely any other fish swimming around the Goliath Grouper. They are wiping out all other fish such as smaller grouper, snappers, snook, and anything else that swims. They have to have an open season for these fish. They are also taking over our offshore reefs and eating everything in their way. Much more damaging than recreational anglers.

Ben
Guest
Ben

Couldn’t agree more

KHuff
Guest
KHuff

Exactly!

Robert Nelson
Member

What was the average size?