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    Default Possible World Record Warsaw at the 2017 St. Pete Open Spearfishing Tournament

    If you weren't there in person, you missed an incredibly rare opportunity to witness a 400lbs.+ monster being weighed on the official scales. James Taylor of "Team Trident" arrived at the St. Pete Open weigh-in with a possible world record Warsaw Grouper in his cooler. The fish was shot while James was on scuba in 250' of water. Although not allowed as part of the tournament, permission was given by the Weighmaster to provide an official weight for possible world record submission. Final weight was 409lbs. according to the certified scales.

    Since the event, the news has gone viral. Unfortunately, many uneducated people that read the story have mistaken his Warsaw Grouper for a federally protected Goliath Grouper. Regardless, it was a massive fish and an awesome site to watch it being weighed in.

    Many people have since asked why a Warsaw Grouper can't be part of the St. Pete Open Spearfishing Tournament. This issue was decided many years ago after much debate within the St. Pete Underwater Club, the dive club that hosts the event. Warsaw Groupers are classified as a deepwater species meaning that they are normally in waters deeper than recreational divers can safely get to. There is no fish more important than a human life therefore the club does not allow any deepwater fish species. Check out the story below.

    Florida firefighter spears giant 409-pound grouper in St. Pete Beach competition | Tampa Bay Times
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    Last edited by hogsniper; 08-23-2017 at 06:15 PM.

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