A world-record tarpon might have just been coast off the coast of Florida. We’ll never know for sure. That’s because verifying the catch would have required killing the fish, and the captain elected to release it.
Kudos to him.
“One of the reasons that the fish was so big was because of the eggs she was carrying,” he said. “Most likely, she is offshore spawning now, and I feel better about that than any record.”
Measurements of girth and length suggest the fish weighed between 310 and 340 pounds. The world record is 286 and the Florida record is 243.
Incredibly, every camera onboard had a dead battery, according to report.
But an iPad was used to record video of the fish as it was measured alongside the boat.
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See the video here.