A hook-up so huge it snapped a rod is in line to be a new state record in Connecticut. It’s a 44-pound cobia, which aren’t typically caught so far north. USA Today reported how John Bertolasio caught the fish while using eel as bait in Long Island Sound. He fought the fish for 90 minutes, all the while suspecting he had a shark on the line.
“John didn’t know what he had caught until he sent the picture of the fish to a friend,” posted Connecticut Fish and Wildlife. “Once he found out it was legal, and good eating, he kept it.”
Connecticut state records list a cobia catch of 18 pounds in 2008—less than half the size of Bertolasio’s catch. But Bertolasio’s cobia won’t top the current world record. That belongs to Peter Goulding in Australia who caught a 135-pound cobia in Shark Bay in 1985.
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