Florida has always been known for invasive species from pythons, to iguanas, as well as a host of fish that are now quite common in the spillways and other waterways. Peacock bass, knife fish, cichlids, and now arapaima! I’ve heard stories over the last decade of fishermen tangling with them and even heard from a few friends who swore to me they caught them, but there was never a picture they could come up with to make know for sure … until now.
Last month I saw an article with a huge dead arapaima washed up on the shore and it was my first visual evidence after all of these years. I actually saw pictures, but they looked to be from Guyana and not a Florida river that I could think of. A message pops up in my inbox from Spencer who just got back from a quick trip to Florida saying, “Check out what I caught on my latest fishing trip”…
Finally got to see one from a well trusted source! This is no adolescent fish either, but quite the specimen!
Before I could even get a “Holy Crap” congratulation out to him on that amazing catch in the lower 48, he belts out another and possibly more amazing catch, of a huge sawfish!
This last few years has been a joy to watch someone fish for prehistoric monsters like Spencer! It’s just adding to the list of spectacular catches from shore like Prickly Sharks, Six-Gills, Great Whites, Makos, Threshers as well as a host of other spectacular catches that I’m probably forgetting.
Spencer, congrats on all these amazing catches and look forward to seeing what else you could add to the impressive list of beasts! You truly have a Prehistoric Soul!