A thirty-minute fight with a monster cubera snapper off the coast of Alabama may result in a new state record.
Brett Rutledge and David Simms were trolling with live hardtail for mackerel in 170 feet of water about 40 miles off of Dauphin Island when something big hit one of the lines. Rutledge immediately grabbed the Shimano Speedmaster reel spooled with 30-pound-test monofilament line and commenced to fighting whatever was on the other end.
“At first I thought it was a big amberjack because I’d caught quite a few jacks earlier. But when it ran away from the wreck we were fishing, I immediately thought it was a shark,” Rutledge told AL.com.
“Then I got a visual on it and told David, ‘Get the gaff!'”