One angler in Florida seems to have done the impossible after he reeled in a 412-pound goliath grouper while on a standup paddleboard last week. Captain Ben Chancey of Chew on This fishing charters is known for battling huge fish, but not usually on the relatively flimsy surface of a paddleboard. Sure enough, the huge fish pulls Chancey off the paddleboard in the middle of the fight, but he climbed right back on and continued to pull the grouper in.
“It was my first time ever on a SUP I had no clue if what I was attempting to do was even impossible,” Captain Chancey wrote in an email to OutdoorHub. “The fight lasted 20 minutes and I am still sore and bruised.”
The angler explained that he was using a custom unlimited rod with a Fin-Nor reel and hooked the fish near Stuart.
“You wont believe what you are about to see,” the charter company wrote on its Facebook page. “The Chew On This Saltwater Fishing Show has raised the bar once again. Watch as this angler lands a 7 foot Goliath Grouper from a paddle board!”
Chancey told GrindTV that the catch didn’t come without a cost. Besides the bonito that he used as bait, the grouper also sunk a drone the anglers used to film the fight. At one point the fish even went after the anchor of the boat that was tethered to Chancey’s paddleboard.
Article edited 7-30-2015: Quote added.