panama city beach fl ICW monster red

i put in the other day around 12 under 79 with a live well full of shrimp and a bunch of frozen shad about 8 in long, i caught the day before at lake powell under the bridge. i caught a bunch of small red and small trout on shrimp. i started chumming with the shad and hooked into this red fish it was 38 inchs and weighed 18 pounds it was all messed up from either a boat or a shark or something it was a good fish and i released him shortly after snapping some pictures.


  • crcattypccrcattypc Posts: 632 Officer
    something had a hold of him! Probably flipper
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 7,810 Moderator
    My first thought was flipper too. That's sure what the marks look like. I don't think a shark would have gotten that much of him and not sealed the deal.

    I also wonder if maybe flipper didn't grab that fish while somebody else was fighting him. Looks like a pretty large fish for a dolphin to go after... flipper must have been pretty hungry to spend that much engery on a fish that large when there's so much other easier pickin's for him.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • BeckBeck Posts: 2,321 Officer
    Sweet fish.....thanks for posting up!
  • jumboshrimpjumboshrimp Posts: 820 Officer
    Nice catch! definitely looks like a dolphin got to him.
  • kearnmichealkearnmicheal Posts: 4 Greenhorn
    flipper doesnt care how big a fish is i worked on the gemini queen all summer and anything attached to a hook flipper wants ive seen them go after 20 pound red grouper that are the size of the 8 year old catching it, ive even seen them go after 40 pound cobia, when the fish is disabled its flippers food:hungry

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