student lands 359-lb grouper
THIBODAUX , LA.
A medical student who blindfolds his friends to keep his favorite offshore fishing spot secret has come up with a record-beating fish -- a warsaw grouper weighing 359.1 pounds.
giant hauled in by J.J. Tabor of Thibodaux is 12 ounces above the previous
Louisiana state record, a state biologist confirmed.
The first fillet weighed 53 pounds, Tabor said.
He caught it near an oil rig 70 mile s south of Fourchon, in 400 feet of water. He won't give a more specific description.
'It's J.J.'s secret,' said Joey Rodrigue, a friend from Baton Rouge who joined Tabor and Tabor's father, John, on the record-making trip Saturday. 'I don't even know where I was. He blindfolds us on the way out.'
Tabor said he thought at first that his hook with a live hardtail on it had it the bottom 'until I felt the big head shake.'
Rodrigue steered away from the rig.
put myself in a harness and just had to lay back and fight,' J.J. Tabor
Tabor cleaned the fish late Monday afternoon outside his father's auto repair shop in Thibodaux .
'We'll split it up,' he said.
make some phone calls and try to get rid of it fresh.
says he believes the fish is about 33 years old.
hopes to get the results in about four weeks.