Normally being blindfolded and taken out to sea means you're going to "sleep with the fishes". However, in this case, and as you can see in the picture, it meant bringing home one big ass fish to sleep in the freezer.
A medical student who blindfolds his friends to keep his favorite offshore fishing spot secret has come up with a record-beating fish -- a warsaw grouper weighing 359.1 pounds.
The giant hauled in by J.J. Tabor of Thibodaux is 12 ounces above the previous Louisiana state record, a state biologist confirmed.
It's been cut down to fillets. The first fillet weighed 53 pounds, Tabor said.
And no, that statement about blindfolding his fishing partners is not a joke. The friend he kept in the dark on this trip has no idea where the fish was caught, though who can blame Tabor when he brings home a catch like this.
"It's J.J.'s secret," said Joey Rodrigue, a friend from Baton Rouge who joined Tabor and Tabor's father, John, on the record-making trip Saturday. "I don't even know where I was. He blindfolds us on the way out."
The fish beats the Louisiana state record by a mere 12 ounces, but was still roughly 80 pounds shy of the world record 436 pound warsaw grouper caught off of Florida in 1985.