Trout Releases Big Grouper | Outdoor Channel
  • like this.
Upgrade Today
Gear Posted

Trout Releases Big Grouper

Major League Rookie of the Year lands 500-pounder off Key West

By: Special to

KEY WEST, Fla. – Sure, it’s likely baseball star Mike Trout has some groupies. Now he has a grouper. A huge one.

Trout, the center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels and the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year, caught and released a huge goliath grouper while fishing off Key West this month.

Trout, an avid angler, was vacationing in the Florida Keys with his family and booked a trip on the Coolwater, skippered by Capt. Bill Wallace.

"After I picked him and his party up at the Casa Marina, I asked what they wanted to fish for," Wallace said. "They said they wanted something really big, so I decided to target goliath grouper."

Wallace ran the 32-foot SeaVee to a favorite wreck in the Gulf of Mexico, in 60 feet of water, about 25 miles west, northwest of Key West.

He butterflied a cero mackerel and rigged it to 50-pound-test conventional tackle.

It didn't take long for the big grouper to bite. After a 30-minute tussle, Trout was able to bring the fish to the boat where it was photographed and released.

Wallace estimated the fish weighed between 500 and 600 pounds.

"He did a great job with the fish on 50-pound-test tackle," Wallace said of Trout's angling prowess.

Ironically, Wallace had no idea of Trout's MLB baseball affiliation until three days after the trip.

"I saw a Major League Baseball wrist band on his forearm, but I thought he was just a college ball player because he looks so young," Wallace said. "But he's a real cool guy and he had a great time fishing."

Share This Story

Next From Gear Kalin's Lunker Grubs



Explore the United States Explore the United States Explore the United States. Find information about and activities within your state.
Get Started