New Record Gray Triggerfish

By: Terry Tomalin


You never what you are going to catch in the Gulf of Mexico. Angler Kenneth Baker of Gulf Breeze took off for a just another day of fishing out of Pensacola Beach on April 28, 2012 when he hooked a fish that would put him in the record books.

The Dania Beach-based International Game Fish Association maintains state records for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Some of these records have stood for decades while others come and go every year.

Baker was fishing with Capt. Stephen Cone when he landed a 13-pound 4-ounce gray triggerfish. These deep water bottom dwellers are full of fight and great eating. The species Balistes capriscus is also a favorite prey of spear fishers in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

It took Baker just five minutes to land the monster that ate a piece of squid that he had been soaking on the bottom. The previous record, a 12-pound 7-ounce beast, had stood for more than 10 years.

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