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Record-shattering snapper caught in Gulf

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By WKRG Staff

Some records are broken. Others are completely and utterly shattered.

The latter can be said for Alabama's cubera snapper record after a man caught a massive lunker in the Gulf of Mexico off the shores of Alabama on Tuesday.

Related: Red snapper season closing July 15 in Gulf waters

The snapper unofficially weighed in at 84 lbs., 9 oz., exceeding the current record for a Cubera Snapper of 52 lbs, 0 oz. caught on May 20, 1988.

The snapper is pending approval from the Alabama Marine Resources Division to officially break the state record.

Statistics from Alabama Marine Resources Division:
Weight: 84lbs 9oz
Fork Length (tip of snout to fork in tail): 1,260 mm (~49.6 inches)
Girth (measured at the widest point of the body): 1,026 mm (~40.3 inches)
Sex: Female
Location: Gulf of Mexico
Age: Approximately 35 years old

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