200-pound goliath grouper living in n...

200-pound goliath grouper living in neighborhood retention pond

There are 18 comments on the WTSP Tampa Bay story from Jan 22, 2008, titled 200-pound goliath grouper living in neighborhood retention pond. In it, WTSP Tampa Bay reports that:

Pinellas County, Florida Ask Brian Spaeth about fishing and you are sure to hear a fish tale.

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AFPJ

Palm Harbor, FL

#1 Jan 23, 2008
something fishey about this story.
Hernando

Casselberry, FL

#2 Jan 23, 2008
DINNER!!!!!!!!!!
JIM

Tampa, FL

#3 Jan 23, 2008
He must eat or there is an lot of fish in that pond. get him back in to the ocean. I sure like to have him on the end of my pole for a while, than release him into the ocean.W here he could grow to 800 lbs. May=be he wouldn't live in salt water, been in fresh water all of his life so far. anyways he is protected no matter where he is .
sirfishalot211

United States

#4 Jan 23, 2008
dude thats not a goliath grouper thats your girlfriend in a bikini!
JIM

Tampa, FL

#5 Jan 23, 2008
sirfishalot211
Dude, I'LL out fish you any day of the week, caught more fish in a day than you have caught in a week.So dude that might be your girlfriend in a bikini' with every thing hanging out all over the place. Just thing following and rice rocket with an 200 ponder with an bikini on it with stuff hanging out ....
ladyspeed

Lakeland, FL

#6 Jan 23, 2008
It's a jewfish- why does everyone have to be so PC?? I'm not offended when people say "its the other white meat"

Since: Jan 08

Lakeland, FL

#7 Jan 23, 2008
oh man.....is a fish off everybody.....
sirfishalot211

United States

#8 Jan 23, 2008
you have caught more fish in a day than i have in a week jim.but lets tell the truth you work at walmart in the fish tank aisle.you have one of those little poop scoop nets on your batman utility
belt that your mom bought you.
ladyspeed

Lakeland, FL

#9 Jan 23, 2008
JIM wrote:
Just thing following and rice rocket with an 200 ponder with an bikini on it with stuff hanging out ....
me no what heard they you say....

in other words- WTF does that mean??
JIM

Tampa, FL

#11 Jan 23, 2008
sirfishalot
I don't work at walley world.I'm retired been for 22 years. I do fish a lot, most of the time I release the fish that I catch. Go down to the sky-way piers ssp or nsp and watch them catch an jewell fish. you will be amazed at there size.Hey leave my mom out of this, she just passed away 6 mo's back at the age of 98.I bet you can't retire at the age of 49 like i did, didn't work in law enforcement or the gov. either worked for an co's that was on the 500 list. can you say the same.I bet you have an number of years to go before retirement.ME I'M ENJOYING IT. hope you do when the time comes.
JIM

Tampa, FL

#12 Jan 23, 2008
Ladyspeed
You got an bad mouth, don't have to use that kind of words on your posts.Its up to you to figure it out....
Ray Marinec

Clearwater, FL

#13 Jan 23, 2008
Finally our unbelieved by most stories gets a lil bit of recognition.
jim

Tampa, FL

#15 Jan 24, 2008
sirfishalot
I don't think walley world is on the list.It's a store, that has people working at the low end of the wage group. To me walley world drives the mom's/pop's out of business, sure they create jobs, drive out more than they create.If story is true about that grouper{GOLIATH} he is smart to keep the place under wraps, where he caught it.If not you would have every tom,dick,harry going after the fish to catch it.I don't know if that fish story is true or not, but it's one big fish. may be he just wanted to get his name in the news. to me it's one big fish for one person to handle
sirfishalot211

United States

#16 Jan 24, 2008
jim wrote:
sirfishalot
I don't think walley world is on the list.It's a store, that has people working at the low end of the wage group. To me walley world drives the mom's/pop's out of business, sure they create jobs, drive out more than they create.If story is true about that grouper{GOLIATH} he is smart to keep the place under wraps, where he caught it.If not you would have every tom,dick,harry going after the fish to catch it.I don't know if that fish story is true or not, but it's one big fish. may be he just wanted to get his name in the news. to me it's one big fish for one person to handle
Well Im thinking unless he had a gaff its not true and why would you have one freshwater fishing.However i have read that due to the limestone in florida it creates a high ph level in freshwater and enables saltwater fish to live in it.There are snook that live in man made resivours all over.
JIM

Tampa, FL

#17 Jan 24, 2008
sirfishalot
Where do you do your fishing.I don't think that one person could handle that big fish. I caught king salmon on a fly rod about 40 lbs and that fish wore me out an i'm not a small guy 6 foot around 200 lbs. in the salmon river in up state new york by lake ontario. I think he just wanted to get his picture on the news. got his 60 sec. of fame.but if story is true just like to hook him for a while and try to land and release him
Rodeny King

Brandon, FL

#18 Jan 24, 2008
fish fry sat night at tent revival meeting.
Ray Marinec

Clearwater, FL

#19 Feb 7, 2008
Oh I asure you its true. No gaff involved, we snook fish in there (the snook are huge but that big they are way oversize). even lip gaffing a fish to be released damages them more than you think.(Thats why we get in the water) And as for all this talk about freshwater, its not. Its very much so brackish, ive never seen any freshwater fish in there in the many years we have been fishing there. There is a drainage pipe that runs under the street to the intercoastal waterway. And as for keeping the spot under wraps, almost every time Ive driven past ive seen someone there. WARNING: last time I parked there I parked a few feet short of about 5lbs worth of ROOFING NAILS!
Austin Bass

United States

#20 Mar 21, 2008
I highly doubt that fish is living in that STAGNENT FRESHWATER.Because they are saltwater fish

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