Fishing in 2016 often meant big grouper catches

With 2016’s fishing logs now history, locally it will be remembered as the year of huge grouper. From tournaments to fun fishing, hardcore anglers fishing deep were rewarded with a variety of grouper species that teammates and spectators won’t soon forget.

The big fish catching began early in the spring, when angler Trevor Flathman landed a Speckled Hind, better known as a Kitty Mitchell, that weighed more than 43 pounds while fishing in 600 feet of water with Capt. Jason Boyll. At the time, Flathman didn’t even realize how big his grouper was until someone convinced him to weigh it. When he did, it was apparent the fish may be a state record, bettering the current 42-pound, 6-ounce hallmark, which Flathman submitted for.

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