552 Pound Fish: Grouper Caught By Kayak Fisherman Sets Record At 552 Pounds

A 552 pound fish, a grouper, was caught by a kayak fisherman in Florida, and it set a record. According to NewsOXY, Jon Black of the Crazy Lure Tackle shop in Cape Coral was fishing in Sanibel when he reeled in quite the impressive fish. The grouper was 83 inches long and had a girth of 73 inches, making it the "largest bottom fish ever [caught] from a kayak," according to experts. Although the fish could have caused Black to tip over in his kayak, he managed to stay on top of the game.

After the fish was caught, weighed, and measured, it was thrown back into the ocean. Mr. Black has photos to remember the moments and has totally earned bragging rights.

After catching the 552 pound grouper fish, the following message was posted on Facebook.

"Captain Ben Chancey and Crazy Lure's owner, Captain Jonathan Black went kayak fishing for major goliaths today, which to our knowledge has not been attempted before… fishing from a kayak for these fish is very dangerous, so please do not undertake something like this on your own. Enjoy these pictures and stay tuned for video of the day's events in the next few weeks…we are here for all your Memorial Day weekend fishing needs…fishing continues to be on fire, so go get bit! And remember to always FISH like CRAZY!"

According to dbTechno, groupers usually grow to be about 400 pounds and make their homes in shallow tropical waters. They are found in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean, as well as other places with similar water conditions and coral life.

"The Malaysian newspaper, the Star reported a 180-kg grouper being caught off the waters near Pulau Sembilan in the Straits of Malacca in January 2008."

The 552 pound fish wasn't the first grouper to make headline news over the past year. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, a giant grouper was actually caught eating a four-foot shark whole! The shark was hooked and was being reeled in when the grouper swam by and consumed him.

The video of this incident actually went viral, and social media users couldn't help but comment.

"And that is why the ocean terrifies me," said one.

"There's always bigger fish," said another.

"My God! What's a grouper?!" added a third.

You can check out the video of the grouper eating a shark, and read more about that story here.

[Photo via Facebook]