The cubera snapper (aka dogtooth snapper, pargo) is a real beast of a fish. I hooked into one off the beach in Cabo my first time and it wrecked me. Between the waves, the rocky area I was in and the fish, I didn’t have a chance on the gear I was using! I’m guessing that fish was in the neighborhood of 25–30 lbs. Given that experience, I can only imagine what an 80-lb. fish would do!
Recently, Alabama angler Brett Rutledge got to experience first-hand what an 85-lb. cubera snapper could do. You’ll definitely want to check out his catch in this article from Guyism.
Rutledge and pal David Simms were trolling in ~175ft of water south of Dauphin Island in search of King Fish. After having caught a few Amberjack throughout the day, Rutledge heard his drag scream and instinctively believed it to be another AJ.
Trolling 30lb-test on a Shimano Speedmaster, Rutledge immediately knew it wasn’t an Amberjack after the fish darted away from the underwater structure they were fishing, then believing it to be a shark.
“At first I thought it was a big amberjack because I’d caught quite a few jacks earlier. But when it ran away from the wreck we were fishing, I immediately thought it was a shark,” said Rutledge, who, besides being an avid recreational fisherman, holds a commercial fishing license. “Then I got a visual on it and told David, ‘Get the gaff!’”
Photos: WKRG (top); Castara Cottage (above)