New Florida State Record Redfish!

Friends of Fly Fishing Portraits,

The attached story is about a truly unique fishing experience this past Wednesday in Titusville FL.  I had the privilege of fishing once again with my good friend Captain Billy Rotne and we had an encounter of the third kind.  We caught and released a FL Redfish that exceeded the State record by over 8 pounds.  At 54 inches by 30 inches, it calculated to be 60.75 Lbs., shattering the existing record of 52.5 Lbs. that was established in 1996.  To think that over the past 100 years, thousands of people have caught millions of redfish and for this to be the largest one ever landed is something truly special.

New Florida State Record

I felt compelled to capture the detailed story of the experience as soon as possible (worried that my current level of brain damage might forget key elements of the experience).

Please read the story if you have time and provide feedback.  If you don’t have time to read the attached file, here is the executive summary

Capt. Billy Rotne and I were fortunate enough to hook and land the largest Redfish ever caught in Mosquito lagoon and establish a new FL State record in the process.  Fishing with ultra-light spinning tackle, 10 Lb. test braided line and a 20 Lb. monofilament tippet.  We were able to coax this impressive fish to take a ½ section of FL crab in a 3 Ft. deep section of the channel that was parallel to a large shallow bar.  After an epic battle that lasted approximately 45 minutes, the fish was landed and released safely.  It measured 54” long and 30” in girth and weighed approximately 60.75 Lbs.  The end result is that we shattered the existing FL State record for a Redfish (currently at 52.5 Lbs.) by over 8 pounds.

We are in the process of formally applying for the IGFA fishing record which should take a few months to process.

We will keep you up to date with the application progress and will continue to forward pictures of our great fishing outings.

Thanks and remember to plan your trips for 2014.

T.O.
Fly Fishing Portraits, LLC.

One Comment

  1. Eric Miller February 3, 2014 at 1:45 am #

    Tom,
    Congratulations on a truly spectacular fish! To the victor goes the spoils and you are the victor! I hope all is well and thanks for a great day of fishing with you!
    Eric Miller

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