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A man in Southwest Florida caught a 350 pound Grouper that was estimated to be 50 years old. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, this is “a big old fish.” In late December, a fisherman caught a massive Warsaw-grouper near southwest Florida. Now, biologists from Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute have determined that this is one truly impressive catch. The research institute posted about the fish to their facebook page, where they revealed that this particular fish is the oldest specimen of its kind that they’ve studied. According to the post, samples obtained from catches this old and large are considered rare. The caption for the photo, which shows the massive fish looming over the man who caught it, starts off with a somewhat obvious statement: “A big old fish!” The post continues, “This 350-lb Warsaw grouper was caught by hook-and-line on December 29th 2019, off Southwest Florida in ~600 ft of water. Biologists from FWRI’s Age & Growth Lab estimated the age of this fish at 50 years old, making this the oldest sample collected for our aging program. Acquiring the otolith from this fish was extremely valuable as samples from larger and older fish are rare.”