Couple Catches An Absolutely Monstrous Fish On A Florida Beach
May 15, 2015
Recently, a couple was casting with a heavy rod right into the surf. To their surprise, they not only hooked a grouper, but a 300-pound Goliath grouper. This is so rare, in fact, that on the Sanibel and Captiva Islands' website, groupers in general are not listed as possible catches off the beach, nor off the pier. Even in the off-shore fishing section, groupers are listed and Goliath groupers are mentioned in the commentary, but not as a "common expectation" for fisherman. Luckily, a passerby was on hand to record the catch in both video and pictures. The couple released the massive beast back into the waters, but it was certainly an unusual show for those watching.
As a child, I was lucky enough to make trips to Sanibel Island, Florida to visit my great aunt and uncle who had retired there. This tiny island, which sits just south of Captiva Island, is a vacationers dream, with gorgeous weather and beaches to match. Both islands (attached by causeways) are part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers Metropolitan area on the Gulf side of Florida. Sanibel's population was at 6,469 with the last census. It's a beautiful area that is known for beaches full of shells rather than beaches full of fisherman, but there's always a few that are out trying their luck. Off-shore fishing in the area is quite common and is known as a great spot to many anglers. However, catching a fish of "significance" is rare from the emerald-water's beaches.