16-year-old Reegan Werner went deep-sea fishing with her brother, mother and stepfather. Never would they have imagined that it would be a record breaking day on the water.
According to Twin Cities News, The family was fishing off of Marco Island Florida. The started fishing for amberjack and barracuda, but then started using those fish for bait to target larger fish.
After Reegan’s brother Owen caught a nice hammerhead something grabbed her bait and ate it whole and the fight was on. It took the 115-pound girl 15 minutes to reel the massive fish in but when they did all the could say was Oh My Lord!
The monster grouper was 83 inches long with a 75-inch girth and a calculated weight of 583 pounds. Which made it the largest grouper ever caught by a female angler.
Before Reegan reeled in her fish the all-tackle women’s world record was a 366-pound grouper caught by Betsy Walker near Panama in 1965. Reegan’s grouper out-weighed that fish by 217 pounds.
“I was, like, in shock pretty much,” said the petite 16-year-old hockey, lacrosse and tennis player. “My biggest fish before that was a salmon. I was, like, dang, I want to catch another one.”
The largest grouper caught by any angler was in 1961 at 680 pounds by a man named Lynn Joyner.