Native Sons Fishing Guides, Central Florida & Indian River Lagoon Fishing Charters

Record Smashing Redfish

For some, June 23rd will be known for more than World Cup Soccer thrillers and Wimbledon marathons. At least it certainly will be for Pastor Larry Zimmerman of Ocala, Florida. Fishing with fellow pastor and Native Sons guide, Captain Rocky Van Hoose, Larry latched onto to an enormous redfish in the Banana River around noon. The epic battle continued for well over an hour before the 58 inch, other-worldly, monster mogan was finally subdued. The fish smashed a personal record for Captain Rocky, a 16 year old record for his boat, the Flat Broke, the Native Sons Fishing Charter guide service record and probably the Florida State redfish record. Since the onboard, IGFA certified Boga Grip maxs out at 30 lbs it is impossible to known for certain the weight of the big red but in 50 plus years of fishing, we have never seen or even heard of one caught even close to this length.

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