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Old 01-12-2020, 06:18 PM
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350lb?
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That pic doesn't help...
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Old 01-13-2020, 09:37 AM
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My brother was on the boat, 42' Freeman 160 miles offshore of Sarasota area. They donated the fish to a homeless food bank and also provided FWC with parts to identify age. Apparently it is the oldest grouper specimen FWC has seen.
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Catch and release?
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Manual or electric?
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It was 50 yo supposedly.
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Originally Posted by Copout@castaways View Post
That pic doesn't help...
sure doesn’t
Old 01-13-2020, 04:30 PM
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350 for sure

here is 409 Dan McMahon dove down to and speared (in 425ft) in general vicinity


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Originally Posted by weatherconch View Post
Manual or electric?
I believe manual.
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do they fight hard at that size and those depths?
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Originally Posted by fllawyer View Post
I believe manual.
Seriously?? 600' that is He-Man status right there. Although it's all over once you get him the first 50-100' but just fishing 600' manually can be tough on you.
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300# of worms ?
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Aren’t those big fish full of worms?
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Originally Posted by waheero71 View Post
Aren’t those big fish full of worms?
They are a cold water (deep) fish. Speaking from experience: no worms and absolutely delicious.
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I guess I must be missing the point of killing a fish of that age and stature so to speak. Heard of plenty of anglers catching them and releasing them. but catching it it just stand there for a picture makes no sense to me. To each his own I guess. Anyone know if it was a resident that killed it ?
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Originally Posted by kowalski View Post
I guess I must be missing the point of killing a fish of that age and stature so to speak. Heard of plenty of anglers catching them and releasing them. but catching it it just stand there for a picture makes no sense to me. To each his own I guess. Anyone know if it was a resident that killed it ?
You have heard of plenty of anglers catching and releasing Warsaw grouper??? Doubtful. You may be confusing it with a Jewfish which are protected and frequently caught and released. The meat was donated to a local shelter also.

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Originally Posted by kowalski View Post
I guess I must be missing the point of killing a fish of that age and stature so to speak. Heard of plenty of anglers catching them and releasing them. but catching it it just stand there for a picture makes no sense to me. To each his own I guess. Anyone know if it was a resident that killed it ?
Yes local guys. Instagram heroes. The guys from the MTV reality show.
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Originally Posted by kowalski View Post
I guess I must be missing the point of killing a fish of that age and stature so to speak. Heard of plenty of anglers catching them and releasing them. but catching it it just stand there for a picture makes no sense to me. To each his own I guess. Anyone know if it was a resident that killed it ?
A fish that size, coming up from those depths, has little chance to survive once it hits the surface due to the stress and barotrauma.

I don’t believe there would be much of a chance of venting that size fish even if you tried. I’ve watched more than a few fish float away (unfortunately) that were vented but still couldn’t make it.
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I agree, what I have seen they don't survive . using an electric reel to pull them from 400 plus feet does them in. I would think if you are that far out deep dropping that far you pretty much have a target .

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