Two brothers from Louisiana filleted and ate a fish that they later realized was close to a world record. Angler Gary Birdsall originally thought he had a scamp grouper, but a friend knew better. It had the yellow lips common to scamp and yellowmouth groupers, but did not have the scamp’s long tail rays. Hope that yellowmouth grouper was tasty!
A southern bluefin tuna reeled in by a teenager off Western Australia set a national record for the longest time between tagging and recapture. The bluefin was 1 year old and measured 20 inches long when researchers captured it on February 24, 1993. Back at the docks, the 30-year-old fish stretched 6 feet, 4 inches long and weighed 298 pounds.
Savvy anglers have learned to appreciate crabs as fishing bait, whether targeting redfish, black drum, tautog, sheepshead or pompano. Even the mighty tarpon will fall to a pass crab. With so many different crab baits available in different parts of the country, anglers are missing out if they’re not tossing these productive crustaceans.