A 350-pound Warsaw grouper reportedly was caught in late December off the Florida coast.
Photo: Facebook
Photo: Facebook

Fisherman reels in 350-pound grouper off Florida coast

Some fishermen have been known to exaggerate their catches, but no embellishment was needed after a fisherman landed a 350-pound Warsaw grouper off the Florida coast, according to the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute.

That is a “big old fish,” according to the group’s Facebook post.

The grouper reportedly was caught by hook and line Dec. 29 off southwest Florida in 600 feet of water, according to the FWC.

Biologists associated with FWRI’s Age & Growth Lab believe the grouper was 50 years old.

The status of the Warsaw grouper population in the Gulf of Mexico is unknown, according to the Facebook post, so the FWC does not encourage targeting the species.

The record for the largest grouper caught in Florida is about 440 pounds.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.
AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.

Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.
AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.

With the largest team in the state, the AJC reports what’s really going on with your tax dollars and your elected officials. Subscribe today. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.

Your subscription to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism. Visit the AJC's Georgia Navigator for the latest in Georgia politics.

X