BRADENTON (CBSMiami/AP) — A team of fishermen are celebrating big after reeling in a 347-pound grouper — a fish so large it barely fit on their boat.READ MORE: Taste Of The Town Dine Out Takeout: Famed Private Chef Opens First Restaurant Perl By Chef IP
Capt. Paul Christie, a defending champion at the Crosthwait Memorial Fishing Tournament, and his team Jumbo Shrimp decided to target Warsaw grouper to maximize their points in the tournament. They lowered a line more than 600 feet into the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month.
Anthony Panipinto hooked in the team spent the next hour reeling it in.READ MORE: MDC North Campus Site Administered Nearly 3,000 COVID Vaccinations
The Bradenton Herald reports the fish didn’t fit through the tuna door, so they made a makeshift pulley over the t-top.
The Bradenton Yacht Club had to use a crane to lift the Warsaw out of the boat.
The big fish landed the team in first place with a $10,000 prize.MORE NEWS: Pair Of South Florida Children Who Died A Couple Weeks Apart Have Saved 11 Lives Through Organ Donation
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