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Apr 29 2008 10:58 pm

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359-lb grouper

Medical student lands 359-lb grouper

November 13, 2007
THIBODAUX , La. –A medical student who blindfolds his friends to keep his favorite offshore fishing spot secret has come up with a record-beating fish — a warsaw grouper weighing 359.1 pounds.
The giant hauled in by J.J. Tabor of Thibodaux is 12 ounces above the previous Louisiana state record, a state biologist confirmed.
It’s been cut down to fillets. The first fillet t weighed 53 pounds, Tabor said.
He caught it near an oil rig 70 miles south of Fourchon, in 400 feet of water. He won’t give a more specific description.
‘It’s J.J.’s secret,’ said Joey Rodrigue, a friend from Baton Rouge who joined Tabor and Tabor’s father, John, on the record -making trip Saturday. ‘I don’t even know where I was. He blindfolds us on the way out.’
Tabor said he thought at first that his hook with a live hardtail on it had it the bottom ‘until I felt the big head shake.’
Rodrigue steered away from the rig.
‘I put myself in a harness and just had to lay back and fight,’ J.J. Tabor said. ‘It was about a 15 or 20 minute fight.’
Tabor cleaned the fish late Monday afternoon outside his father’s auto repair shop in Thibodaux. ‘We’ll split it up,’ he said. ‘I’ll make some phone calls an d try to get rid of it fresh. The rest, we’ll vacuum pack it and cook it later.’
Tabor says he believes t he fish is about 33 years old. He plans to send an inner-ear bone called the otolith to a university in Florida where researchers can help determine the age of the fish. He hopes to get the results in about four weeks.
The world record, caught off Florida in 1985, is 436 pounds, 12 ounces.


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45 Responses to “359-lb grouper”

  1. Budda Magoo on 30 Apr 2008 at 9:17 am #

    You just keep working on those Photoshop skills young man, you’ll get it right one day. Nice try, though..

  2. Grandson on 30 Apr 2008 at 9:30 am #

    @Budda Magoo
    I thought the same thing at first, did some searching and it was in the Associated Press, I doubt that this was a Photoshop job … I can tell from the pixels

  3. on 30 Apr 2008 at 9:32 am #

    Medical student lands 359-lb grouper…

    A medical student who blindfolds his friends to keep his favorite offshore fishing spot secret has come up with a record-beating fish — a warsaw grouper weighing 359.1 pounds.
    The giant hauled in by J.J. Tabor of Thibodaux is 12 ounces above the prev…

  4. Matt on 30 Apr 2008 at 9:41 am #

    Budda Magoo- your an idiot, not Photoshop work…

  5. Jamesp on 30 Apr 2008 at 9:55 am #

    It’s a shame to kill such a magnificent beast. But good catch.

  6. Rabbler on 30 Apr 2008 at 11:18 am #

    Its not shopped. That thing might have been alive for 90 years until this shmuck decided to kill it. Dont get me wrong I love fishing but the thing is ancient.

  7. BBrian on 30 Apr 2008 at 11:57 am #

    I wonder how much mercury is in it?

  8. EatMoreFish on 30 Apr 2008 at 12:30 pm #

    Yes, it is ancient but tastes oh so good!

    /probably not
    //meat is most likely full of mercury and will kill anyone that eats it

  9. machinehuman on 30 Apr 2008 at 12:39 pm #

    @BBrian – mercury is typical from river contamination, not sea.

  10. douglas on 30 Apr 2008 at 12:56 pm #

    Warsaw Grouper – critically endangered:

    Frustrating to see pictures of people so proud of killing an animal that is nearly extinct in the wild.

  11. mdbdb on 30 Apr 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    Have any of you knuckleheads even run Photoshop? I dare you to mock something convincing up and get back to us.

  12. CyricPL on 30 Apr 2008 at 1:05 pm #

    Not only is this NOT photoshopped, this isn’t even the biggest grouper ever caught, as cited in the ABC Sports story on the catch from back in November.

  13. Barndoggy on 30 Apr 2008 at 1:11 pm #

    Agree with douglas. It’s impressive and gives that nice macho/ego high, until the reality of killing such an old and endangered animal hits. He’d have my respect if he’d thrown it back. Very sad.

  14. jim on 30 Apr 2008 at 1:15 pm #

    douglas, don’t me such a little bitch… you catch a fish, you kill it, you eat it… that’s how it works in the south…

  15. Nick Scroggs on 30 Apr 2008 at 1:17 pm #

    Wow, just another example of people killing magnificent (and apparently nearly unique) creatures for pure pleasure. Really makes me sick. Look at that ridiculous smile on his face (i guess he is proud of waiting for a poor fish to be tricked into eating bate, only to be dragged to its death). Too bad it is not photoshoped.

  16. Toad on 30 Apr 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    It really sucks that he killed it. When will we realize that we can’t keep ocean fishing at will and expect to keep viable fish populations? Didn’t those idiots hear about the moratorium on salmon fishing off the west coast? Do they think it’s only the salmon that are feeling the impact of our irresponsible wild-life management?…

  17. Cyanide on 30 Apr 2008 at 1:47 pm #

    Nick Scroggs, just GTFO will you.

  18. Muskie on 30 Apr 2008 at 1:48 pm #

    Well, either the government puts responsible fishing limits out and enforces them, or at some point fishing is just going to be something grandparents tell their kids stories about. Not to mention commercial fishermen completely getting screwed.

    *That* is how it works.

  19. ur all idiots on 30 Apr 2008 at 2:00 pm #

    do you really think that marine life is endagered because a couple of hicks catch a buncha huge fish once in a while, if you do ur totally retarted and need more than the education of propaganda. Maybe commercial fishing, for things like oil and other processed crap. oh and chicnks and japs. so yea a buncha hicks fishing isnt going to finish of the poor fish. It would be horrible if he killed it and mounted it or something, but he ate it and shared it with the community, how many of u can say u did something for your community, umm prolly .01%(hey including me i dont give a shit about all yall). hey im still ranting and no one will probably read this but my point is, if you are REALLY concerned about species going extinct dont bitch about sum scmuck gettin lucky fishing, complain about the exploitation of the earth by corporations and an underegulated market, mass market, and pollution because that is killing a shitload more species than the hicks. I dont know if you can get atangible thought from this or not but hopefully someone will understand that a petition here and there might change something…. slowely… over time

  20. thw4ck on 30 Apr 2008 at 2:22 pm #

    How exactly does one kill a giant fish like that??? Listen up… This is how it goes for a big ole jewfish like that 1… that fish died when it was brought to the surface… OMG! how did that happen??? the extreme change in pressure explodes their internal air bladder… & thats the way the big ones that live deep go, they flop a couple of times & then croak… but that’s not how you kill big sharks though… you kill them by dragging them backwards in the water with the boat…
    : )

  21. Dave Greiman on 30 Apr 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    How is a medical student a ‘hick’? Agree that commercial fishermen are more likely the cause.

  22. Smiley on 30 Apr 2008 at 2:43 pm #

    Thats my maw!!!!!

  23. Jorge O'Malley on 30 Apr 2008 at 2:50 pm #

    I’d be willing to bet that fish tasted horrible, old fish usually do.

  24. Hippies on 30 Apr 2008 at 3:02 pm #

    I’m not one to fish, but it’s not exactly a huge problem. Everyone likes to try and take away from someones joy that they bash anything they can. This time we’re all animal activists! Go back to eating all of the food in you pantry and fridge. The grocery stores have magical fish, and beef and supplies that aren’t killed by anything living at all, really. Its this fairy land where the meat appears all sliced up.

    C’mon now, we’re not all animal rights, ecologists. None of you give a rats ass. You all clicked on the link like I did, to see a giant fish. So he killed it and ate it with his buds. If thats what he wants to do, let him. Everyone does shit that pisses off everyone else. Take a vacation to Mexico, everywhere are places that will bring you fishing. Does that mean they’re all cruel to our underwater world? Most of them bring the fish in for their meal that night, or give their catch to the captain for his meal.

    This is absurd that everyone is caring so much to try and rain on this guys parade.

  25. Shannon on 30 Apr 2008 at 3:20 pm #

    Goliath Grouper / Jewfish / Etc – I thought they were all put on the “protected” list and were not allowed to be harvested?

  26. echidna35 on 30 Apr 2008 at 3:45 pm #

    if mercury is typical in river contamination, machinehuman, then why is tuna so full of the stuff?

  27. Lynn on 30 Apr 2008 at 4:40 pm #

    What an awesome day fishing!!! Good going and keep that spot top secret.

  28. zach on 30 Apr 2008 at 7:20 pm #

    yum yum fishies!

  29. matt on 01 May 2008 at 12:06 am #

    For all those who are griping about killing the fish, please look at the third pic down. You’ll notice that red thing in its mouth. That’s its innards. They are pushed out from a rapid ascent due to its air bladder not being able to adapt to decreased pressure. It would have died anyway. Once it’s on your line, there ain’t much you can do.

  30. William on 01 May 2008 at 5:50 am #

    Goliath Grouper / Jewfish are protected but the warsaw is not. Legal catch so leave the man alone. If anyone would see how commercial shrimp is harvested you would not blame anyone else for the destruction of our fishery. Every type of juvenile fish you can think of comes up in the nets and die on the deck of the boat.

  31. Kostik on 01 May 2008 at 8:16 am #

    Nice one! Too bad no video. How the hell did yo reel it out?
    As far as people saying ‘poor fishy’, go cry about something else and leave us fisherman alone. If anything he did a favor to other fish by getting this big mouth out of water and giving others better chance at survival and growing into a big big fish like this one.

  32. Buzzer BuzzBait on 02 May 2008 at 11:12 am #

    I bet that thing would taste like a old cowboy boot from 1885! Please do not call me for the boot fry!

  33. john on site on 03 May 2008 at 8:49 am #

    Hey, Great job! Lots of good eating ahead.

  34. billyribcage on 06 May 2008 at 6:13 am #

    Nice fish. Releasing was not an option, when you bring up a fish from 400 foot down in 20 mins it will be probably be near dead from the decompression anyway. Letting it go would have only fed the scavengers.

  35. SmashGal on 06 May 2008 at 8:53 pm #

    I didn’t even know fish lived that long!

  36. marcosnapper on 07 May 2008 at 3:49 am #

    Hey Now, that fish is an endangered fish and here is Florida, we have to let those bad buoys go! Mercury is present in the sea (one poster said only in rivers) and this giant must have very high levels. The guy that caught this fish said that it was 33 years old….Where did that come from, as he did not age the fish yet by the ear bone? I would not want to eat that Warsaw, it would not be that good, but, would be better than a carp sandwich! I have seen Warsaw Grouper almost that big on a dive one time, yep, it is not Photo Shopped. That fish I would guess could put off over 10 million eggs each spring! Remember, most grouper start out as males and turn into females as they age, so, this bad buoy is most defiantly a female which is a same because of the waste of its genetics. He could have kept that guy alive and got a boat load of buck for it at an aquarium! But, look at it this way, it could have just died of being eaten by some damn shark and we never would have gotten to see it, or it could have died and rotted on the bottom.

  37. Cory Grant on 10 May 2008 at 12:14 am #

    That is not photoshop. Just admit that you are jealous and walk away. It is easy to tell photoshops and that is definitely not one. I have been in photo editing contests and edited plenty myself and it is nearly impossible to find two images that would work that well environmentally(with factors such as lighting, position, ect.) Face it, its real!

  38. Jerry Watson on 11 May 2008 at 10:42 am #

    I think this was a great catch. Fine pictures and I bet it was good eating, as well.

  39. George M on 12 May 2008 at 12:17 pm #

    That sure is a huge fish. I have eaten grouper before and I think it is very delicious, of course, that was several years ago. God gave us all the fish for food and did not intend for all of them to die of old age. Jesus showed Simon Peter and his crew, how to bring in a net breaking, boat heavy load.

  40. Matu on 11 Feb 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    So, how many people did this very old fish feed?

  41. Matt Damon on 23 Jun 2010 at 9:40 am #

    But you aint got know legs Lt. Dan!!!!

  42. TonyKC on 29 Jun 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    Do your research. The world record is not 436 lbs. It's 680 pounds, caught off Fernandina Beach in 1961.

  43. Nick Power on 08 Jun 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    Hopefully you weren’t targeting this specific species of fish? It is very dissapointing that you had to catch a critically endangered species. I understand is a very enjoyable sport but in order for records such as this to be broken, the endangered species of grouper must be allowed to recover. Therefore allowing them to recover will provide fun by fishing for many generations to come.

  44. Nick Power on 08 Jun 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    Hopefully you weren’t targeting this specific species of fish? It is very dissapointing that you had to catch a critically endangered species. I understand fishing is a very enjoyable sport but in order for records such as this to be broken, the endangered species of grouper must be allowed to recover. Therefore allowing them to recover will provide fun by fishing for many generations to come.

  45. Darin on 21 Jul 2011 at 9:28 am #

    15-20 minute fight? What was your gear…a winch and cable?

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