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Record grouper in LA. WOW!

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<H2 class=vitstoryheadline><SPAN class=vitstoryheadline>Med. student catches record grouper south of Fourchon</H2><H5 class=vitstorydate><SPAN class=vitstorydate>08:37 PM CST on Tuesday, November 13, 2007</H5><SPAN class=vitstorybyline>Associated Press <SPAN class=vitstorybody>

THIBODAUX -- 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. <DIV class=vitstoryimageleft style="WIDTH: 280px">
<P class=vitstoryimagecredit>WAFB-TV<P class=vitstoryimagecaption>Tabor unloads the massive fish off his boat.</DIV>

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 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. <DIV class=vitstoryimageright style="WIDTH: 280px">
<P class=vitstoryimagecredit>WAFB-TV<P class=vitstoryimagecaption>Tabor lays next to his 360-pound prized catch on the boat.</DIV>

"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." <DIV class=vitstoryimageleft style="WIDTH: 280px">
<P class=vitstoryimagecredit>WAFB-TV<P class=vitstoryimagecaption>Tabor estimates the filets cut from the fish will weigh about 50 to 60 pounds.</DIV>

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 and try to get rid of it fresh. The rest, we'll vacuum pack it and cook it later."

Tabor says he believes the 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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So thats what has been stealing all my hooks. WOW
My,thats a biggun. The blindfold thing is stupid though,especially fishing by a rig that has a number on the side of it:poke
yea guys i caught that world record one here in florida 436lbs 12oz ;)
some one tells me to get blind folded i tell them to kiss my arse

So he got +/- 100 lbs of fillets from a 350 lb fish. What a waste
bonita dan (11/13/2007)My,thats a biggun. The blindfold thing is stupid though,especially fishing by a rig that has a number on the side of it:poke
Dan, that is the first thing I thought of right after telling this guy...
to the blindfold. Like it would take a lot of research to find that same rig....yea right.
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I've always heard that when they get this big the meat is not too good. Anybody got any first hand knowledge? Still it's an impressive catch.
Usually on fish of that size you fillet each side into 2 fillets a top loin and a bottom so you would get 120# x 2 for about 240# of fillets.

Asforthe blindfold, as long as he has somegood beanbags who cares @ 70 miles, you could catch up on some ZZZ's and you don't have to worry about time at the wheel.

Yeah i use to run the kitchen in a restaurant over in Lousiana that got all of its fish in whole, and I wouldnt accept anything over 50# when they get that big the meat is tuff tuff tuff. Unless you cut it paper thin it really turns to rubber when you cook it.
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