Black, from the Crazy Lure Tackle shop in Cape Coral, Florida, landed what is likely the biggest goliath grouper ever caught from a kayak—an estimated 552 pounds.
Black described the catch on his Facebook page:
Captain Ben Chancey and Crazy Lure’s owner, Captain Jonathan Black went kayak fishing for major goliaths today, which to our knowledge has not been attempted before…fishing from a kayak for these fish is very dangerous, so please do not undertake something like this on your own. Enjoy these pictures and stay tuned for video of the day’s events in the next few weeks…we are here for all your Memorial Day weekend fishing needs…fishing continues to be on fire, so go get bit! And remember to always FISH like CRAZY!
A video of the catch posted to YouTube shows Black scream with excitement as he wrangles with the fish, which broke his rod.
The video’s description said Black “caught the largest bottom fish ever from a kayak in Sanibel.”
The grouper, a protected species, was released after being measured.
Black’s store warned on its Facebook page that fishing for large marine animals from a kayak is very dangerous.
‘Fishing from a kayak for these fish is very dangerous, so please do not undertake something like this on your own,’ the Crazy Lure Bait & Tackle Shop said on its Facebook page as it shared Black’s achievement.
Goliath groupers, which typically grow to around 400lb, are primarily found in shallow tropical waters among coral and reefs across the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and elsewhere.
The Malaysian newspaper, the Star reported a 180-kg grouper being caught off the waters near Pulau Sembilan in the Straits of Malacca in January 2008. Shenzhen News in China reported that a 1.8-m grouper swallowed a 1.0-m whitetip reef shark at the Fuzhou Sea World aquarium.
In September 2010, a Costa Rican newspaper reported a 2.3-m (7.5-ft) grouper in Cieneguita, Limón. The weight of the fish was 250 kg (550 lb) and it was lured using one kilogram of bait. In November 2013, a 310-kg (686-lbs.) grouper had been caught and sold to a hotel in Dongyuan, China.
In March 2-15 off Bonita Springs in Florida (USA) a big grouper took in one gulp a 4-foot shark which an angler had caught.