Thursday, July 24, 2003
Special Interest Grouper-Here's an interesting local story about a guy who nearly set a fishing record.
The Lakeland angler came close to putting his name in the record books last week when he muscled a mammoth black grouper to the boat. The grouper, mycteroperca bonici, weighed in at 105.3 pounds -- after it regurgitated a 10pound fish. The all-tackle world record for black grouper is 114 pounds, caught in the Gulf of Mexico out of Galveston, Texas, in 1997 by Stanley W. Sweet.Well, the record may be in danger early next year, where a couple of large-mouthed black groupers will be in the state for the Presidential primary; the angler that bags Sharpton will probably double the record.
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