"He has been fishing with me since he was two-years-old, and he apprenticed as a deckhand on Tropical Sun during the summer he turned 15-years-old," says grandfather Jim Rizzuto. "He knows a bit about fishing, and possibly more than I do."
After the 30-minute fight, the Ihu Nui crew measured the short length (tip of lower jaw to fork of tail) at 137 inches and the circumfrence of the tail stump at 20 inches. Jim says once back at the dock, the short proved to actually be 139 inches and the total length measured 13 feet.
"The digital display at the Bite Me Fish Market glowed a 1058," says Jim, "which reflected in the flash of a hundred happy smiles from the surrounding crowd."