Capt. Mike Bartlett of Key West with a 24 pound red he caught two days ago with New Orleans Capt. John Iverson.
For the record, I've never even seen a redfish this big anywhere near Pine Island, and probably never will. I've been invited to Venice several times by friends and clients but always with the warning that it will spoil me forever. They actually talk about their reds in terms of pounds in Lousisana, not inches like we do here in Florida. We just don't grow them like that around these parts of the state.
Venice is definitely on my short list for next fall, but a few fish like that one would make it really hard for me to ever leave. That's what's kept me away from there for so long.