Dr. Bob Timson was bottom-fishing with some friends July 17, 2021, aboard Capt. Hiroki Toma’s boat “Matias” out of Cape Fear Inlet, located 25 miles south of Wilmington, N.C.
The anglers had been catching grouper, when Timson noticed a piece of crab in the boat.
“The crab was laying on the deck and looked good ,” the dentist from Southport told newsbreak.com. “One of the other fish had regurgitated [the crab]. So I put it on the hook and dropped it back down. That apparently was the right thing to do.
“We were fishing in 200 to 250 feet of water offshore of Frying Pan Tower when the fish hit. There really wasn’t anything special about the fight, except that once near the surface, it got a burst of energy and pulled some drag. We had been catching larger fish and were a little surprised at this. But some offshore bottom fish save a burst for when near the boat and we didn’t think anything of it.”
Timson’s fish was odd looking, with plenty…