Supersized Black Grouper is bigger than middle-schooler

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Okay, I have never considered myself much of a fisherman. I may go out and do it every once in a blue moon, but the way I see it is that if I don’t eat, why should I catch it? On the other hand, there are people who catch fish for sport and trophies, which is fine. If you want to spend five hours of your day looking for that one catch, then go ahead.

Well, that is exactly what one man did, and boy did he ever get a big catch.

According to BroBible, the “3rd Annual Offshore Fishing Rodeo Tournament” (talk about a mouthful) was held in Fort Myers, Florida this past weekend and one man just may have caught a world record breaking fish.

That man is Alex Newman of Bonita Springs, Florida and the fish was a 124.18 pound Black Grouper. If the fish is deemed official, it will just barely break the record of a 124 pound Black Grouper caught by Tim Oestreich in 2003 in the Gulf of Mexico just off the Texas shoreline.

Talk about an impressive catch. ABC 7 Eyewitness News tweeted out a picture of the beast of a fish.

The International Game Fishing Association, or IGFA, has yet to give any word on whether or not the fish officially breaks the world record, but The News-Press had a story on the fish and Newman’s recount of the experience. Newman’s grouper weighed 124.18 pounds and was measured at 57 inches with a 48 inch girth.

Newman said he and his crew fished for about 2-and-a-half hours.

“We thought we were defeated,” he said. “Then all of a sudden our luck changed. That was a trip. I wasn’t even expecting it to be a record-breaking fish.”

Newman said that he and his crew on the Honey Money, a 33-foot Invincible, at first thought the fish was about 90-pounds.

“But when we were lifting it up we couldn’t lift it,” he said with a laugh. “I fish the Gulf a lot. This is the biggest fish I’ve caught. When that thing popped up it was like a dinosaur.”

This may be one of the biggest fishes I ever seen and I know that Newman will want to keep the monster as a trophy. The only thing I want to know is how many Command Hooks will it take to hang the thing?

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports

CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Caleb is a young veteran of the sports journalism world that has a passion for college football, mostly the SEC, but namely the LSU Tigers. He also has an affinity for the Georgia Southern Eagles, because who doesn't love Erk Russell and national championships, right? He has experience working in print and online media as well as broadcasting, working with his high school alma mater football team and the Savannah Bananas.
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