Chef lands record-setting grouper, massive fish becomes taco feast

Chef lands record-setting grouper, massive fish becomes taco feast

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Chef lands record-setting grouper, massive fish becomes taco feast

Jim Lasher (left) poses with record-setting gag grouper. Photo: Courtesy of Charleston Fish Finder

A massive grouper caught off South Carolina has been sliced into fillets and stuffed into tortillas as fish tacos, but not before it was certified as a state record.

Jim Lasher, a Sullivan’s Island chef, caught the 54-pound, 4-ounce gag grouper last week after a 25-minute fight 40 miles off Charleston. That breaks the former record by about six pounds.

Jim Lasher’s grouper weighs in at 54 pounds, 4 ounces. Photo: Courtesy of Charleston Fish Finder

According to the Post and Courier, the record was certified by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Gag groupers, sometimes called black groupers, inhabit Atlantic and Caribbean waters, extending as far north as Massachusetts.

Jim Lasher (second from left) and friends pose with catch. Photo: Charleston Fish Finder

Lasher was fishing with friends and Capt. Ben Floyd of Charleston Fish Finder. The group had been targeting mahi-mahi on the surface until Lasher dropped a jig 160 feet, to hopefully entice a grouper or snapper.

The grouper yielded more than 30 pounds of meat. The Post and Courier reports that Lasher smoked some of the meat, made tacos for a feast, and gave fillets to other friends.

For the sake of comparison, the world record gag grouper is listed at 80 pounds, 6 ounces. That fish was caught off Destin, Fla., in 1993.

–Images are courtesy of Charleston Fish Finder

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