Grouper

Thibodaux native and Baton Rouge resident J.J. Tabor knew it was a good one when he hooked it. 

But he had no idea that the fish on the other end of his line was a new state record and the highlight of the 2017 International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo.

Tabor's fish was a warsaw grouper. It was the talk of the tournament on Saturday, totaling 383-pounds, 2-ounces - a new state record for the species. 

Tabor, a regular on the local rodeo scene, said he's proud to be in the record books - again.

An E.D. White graduate, Tabor already owned the state record for the fish, owning a 358-pound catch in 2008. 

As his fish was weighed, a massive crowd gathered around the scales. When it was announced that it was a state record, the crowd roared in applause. 

"What a day," Tabor said. "I didn't expect this. I knew it was big, but you don't think about records or setting any records when you go out on the water. To bring this fish in, it was just a great accomplishment."

The fish came onshore at about 4:30 p.m. - about 90 minutes before the scales close at the prestigious event. 

It was by-far the biggest fish caught on Saturday - a day which proved tough on anglers because of stiff winds from a cold front, which is sweeping through the area.

For more on the Tarpon Rodeo, check out this Wednesday's paper. 

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Casey Gisclair is the Sports Editor at Rushing Media. A native of Cut Off and graduate of Louisiana State University, Casey is a lifelong sports fan who joined the Houma Times team in Dec. 2009 upon college graduation.

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