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Goliath Fish: Kayak Fisherman Reels in 552-Pound Grouper (Video)

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A Florida fisherman caught a whopping 552-pound goliath grouper from a kayak and a video of the catch has drawn more than a million views on YouTube.

Jon Black, from Cape Coral's Crazy Lure Bait & Tackle Shop, according to the YouTube caption, fought to stay in his kayak and the fishing pole dipped into the water as he tried to pull in the big fish near Sanibel. Black could be heard screaming with excitement as he struggled to pull in the catch, which measured 83 inches and was more than 73 inches in girth.



"After the fishing rod broke, Black still managed to get the goliath grouper to the boat and eventually led it to shore where it was measured and then released, as is required by law since they are protected," wrote David Strege of Grind TV.

"Only unofficial world records exist for kayak fishing, and there are two sites that we're familiar with that keep them," said Strege. "But to give an idea about the size of this goliath grouper, the all-tackle world record is 680 pounds caught off Florida in May 1961, before they became protected in 1990. Apparently, Black felt the need of protection, too."

The video, and Black's reaction to catching the monster fish, drew a wide range of reactions on Twitter.


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