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Fisherman Catches 350 Pound Fish Off Southwest Florida

A fish weighing 350 pounds was caught off the coast of Southwest Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said on Facebook.

The fish, identified as a Warsaw grouper, was caught with a hook and line in roughly 600-feet of water on December 29. Warsaw groupers can grow to a length of 7.5 feet and a weight of 580 pounds.

Photos shared by the FWC on Facebook show the fish towering over a man standing beside it.

Biologists from FWRI’s Age & Growth Lab estimated the age of this fish at 50 years old. According to FWC, Warsaw are characterized by an elongated second dorsal spine. They’re the only grouper with 10 dorsal spines; all others have 11. Although adults usually occur in depths of 180-1700 ft, juveniles are occasionally seen around jetties and shallow-water reefs in the northern Gulf.

FWC said it “does not encourage the targeting of Warsaw grouper” as the species’ population in the Gulf is unknown.

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