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350-pound Warsaw grouper caught in Southwest Florida was 50 years old, scientists say

350-pound Warsaw grouper caught in Southwest Florida
Posted at 9:43 AM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 09:43:53-05

(CNN) - A man in Southwest Florida has a huge fish story to tell.

The fisherman caught a Warsaw grouper weighing a whopping 350 pounds!

It was caught with a hook and line on Dec. 29 in roughly 600 feet of water.

Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimate the fish is 50 years old, which makes it the oldest sample they have ever collected for their program.

Warsaw groupers can grow to nearly 8 feet long and can weigh up to nearly 600 pounds.

The largest one ever caught in Florida was nearly 440 pounds.

FWC says they do not encourage the targeting of Warsaw grouper since the status of the population in the Gulf of Mexico is unknown.

Courtesy of CNN Newsource