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.