You’re looking at the pending Alabama state record cubera snapper.
Angler Brett Rutledge recently bagged an 84.9-pound cubera snapper while fishing in the Gulf of Mexico off the Alabama coast, according to al.com.
The giant cubera weighed nearly 32 pounds more than the state record for the speices, which was set 26 years ago. If confirmed by the state Marine Resources Department, Rutledge’s catch could be the new Alabama state record cubera.
Rutledge, who is both a recreational and commercial fisherman, was slow trolling for king mackerel in 170 feet of water 40 miles south of Duaphin Island when he baited the enormous cubera.
“At first I thought it was a big amberjack because I’d caught quite a few jacks earlier, ” said Rutledge. “But when it ran away from the wreck we were fishing, I immediately thought it was a shark.”
He managed to reel in the monster cubera using a king mackerel rod fitted with a small Shimano Speedmaster reel spooled with 30-pound-test monofilament line.
Rutledge is no stranger to record fish catches, either. He’s held two Alabama state records, including black snapper and scamp. Two years ago he helped an angler catch a 948-pound tiger shark. And, he was on board when angler Marcus Kennedy bagged a 792-pound blue marlin, which at the time was a state record.
“I’ve been around some pretty big stuff caught,” Rutledge said. “I’ll have to say this was probably one of the most exciting fish because I’ve never caught one off Alabama before and I know how rare it is to catch one this big.”
Have you ever caught a cubera snapper?