I’m as big a fan of kayak fishing as the next guy, but from time to time you really wish you had yourself a slightly more stable platform and room for a second set of hands…
That’s probably precisely what Jon Black was thinking as he took his kayak out to fish just off of Sanibel Island in Florida. Sanibel is located in Lee County and is in the Gulf of Mexico, just west of Fort Myers Beach. Sanibel is a barrier island, which means it is a collection of sand on the leeward side of the solid, coral-rock of Pine Island.
Black hooked into a goliath grouper, which is known to be in these shallow tropical waters and is a bottom feeder. He owns the Crazy Lure Bait and Tackle shop in Cape Coral Florida and luckily had the right equipment (or at least used to until his rod broke) to reel this monster in for a solid catch. The fish measured 83 inches long and over 73 inches in girth, putting its estimated weight at nearly 552 pounds and yet, Black still reeled it in while sitting in a kayak.
So as you’re loading your kayak onto your roof rack or kayak carrier this Labor Day weekend for some nice relaxing fishing, be sure to strap in tight!
We’ll be up in Green Bay, Wisconsin so if we manage to hook into anything this big you’re definitely going to see us on the news! They don’t grow them quite this big up here!