With more world records than any other state or country for that matter, Florida can truly claim the title “Fishing Capital of the World.” And its reputation just keeps growing. Last week, Florida got another reason to brag.
Dr. Jan Forszpaniak was fishing with Capt. Tom Robinson out of his home town of Naples on Nov. 21 when he caught and released an impressive grey snapper that measured nearly 23 inches long.
The largest specimen of Lutjanus griseus ever cuaght, coincidentally by Forszpaniak on an earlier trip measured just shoret of 21 inches. Forszpaniak’s fish hit a threadfin herring and put up a long fight before it was boated, measured, and released alive.
Another Florida angler recently made the record books as well. Florida Keys angler Christine M. Helms traveled to coastal Louisiana in October to fish for red drum and caught a monster. Helms landed a 24 lb 8 oz redfish while fishing with her husband Capt. Brian Helms out of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
It took the angler 30 minutes to land the beast which could be a world record as well in the women’s 4-pound tippet flyline class. The fish was released alive after being properly documented. It was one pound heavier than the current International Gamefish Association Record.