Aspiring FGCU Student Catches 250 Pound Goliath Grouper In The Gulf
Isaac Francis, a 17-year-old junior at Riverview High School, was fishing with his friends on Turtle Beach in Sarasota, Florida last weekend when he reeled in the catch of a lifetime. A Goliath Grouper estimated to be 250 pounds. Isaac, an avid fisherman, and his friends helped muscle the grouper to the shore. After grabbing some photos, the teenagers helped the fish back into deeper waters.
According to the FWC, “If you capture a goliath grouper, the fish must be immediately released alive, unharmed, and with proper fish handling techniques.” The FWC does state that taking photos before releasing the fish is ok, but removing it from the water is not. The skeletal structure of a large goliath grouper cannot support its weight out of the water. Doing so could kill it.
The Goliath Grouper can grow up to 800 pounds and exceed 8 feet in length. Although Isaac’s catch was massive, it’s not a record. The largest ever caught in Florida was 680 pounds!
As you can see in the pictures, Isaac is sporting an FGCU hoodie. According to his father, Stu Francis, Isaac’s sister goes to FGCU. Isaac aspires to also attend FGCU in Estero, Florida and is looking towards the college’s School of Entrepreneurship. For those of you unfamiliar with the major, Florida Gulf Coast University’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program ranks number 15 in The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine’s “Top 50 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies” list. Their program is highly ranked on a national level. Many of the students who attend FGCU with this major go on to starting their own business.