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Florida firefighter spears giant 409-pound grouper in St. Pete Beach competition

ST. PETERSBURG — It took six sets of hands to drag a 409-pound Warsaw Grouper to the stage.

Once the massive fish was hung, it was feet taller than its captor: Bradenton firefighter James Taylor.

Over the weekend Taylor and three friends — "Team Trident" — entered the St. Pete Open. Now Taylor is enjoying a stretch of online celebrity as photos of his monster catch wow onlookers.

The Warsaw Grouper wasn't a recognized category in Saturday's contest, but that didn't keep it from stealing the show.

Michelle Taylor, James Taylor's wife, posted to Facebook on Tuesday that the team is looking to see if they've broken any world record with the International Underwater Spearfishing Association.

The team also placed in the charity competition for its qualifying grouper and Hog fish catches.

Michelle Taylor said her husband dove 250 feet about 85 miles offshore when he speared his giant grouper.

She she said her husband got a "fish of a lifetime."

James Taylor, a Bradenton firefighter, speared a 409-pound grouper near St. Pete Beach during a competition over the weekend. (Courtesy of Michelle Taylor)

James Taylor, a Bradenton firefighter, speared a 409-pound grouper near St. Pete Beach during a competition over the weekend. (Courtesy of Michelle Taylor)

Florida firefighter spears giant 409-pound grouper in St. Pete Beach competition 08/22/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 11:31am]
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