Nick Snider went from feeling green to seeing red in just a matter of minutes on Wednesday when he landed himself a whopper of a cubera snapper.



"It was unreal," said the angler from Illinois who was rodeo fishing on the Mother Lode with Capt. Brad Biggers.



"We thought it was a shark at first … then it started running away from us," Snider said.



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It took Snider about 15 minutes to haul in the 83.4-pound snapper that wowed the crowd gathered on the docks behind AJ's Seafood & Oyster Bar for the 65th annual Destin Fishing Rodeo.



 



With cell phones out snapping photos of the massive snapper hanging from the scales, Snider said, "that's awesome … did you see the teeth on that thing?"



 The cubera snapper resembles a black snapper, except it’s a lot bigger. According to the book "Sport Fish of the Gulf of Mexico,” the cubera is a giant among snappers and often reaches or exceeds 100 pounds. The average size is 30 to 50 pounds.



The one Snider hauled in using a 6 ought with 80 pound test and a 130-pound leader was well above average. Deckhand Aaron Smith said they used a 20-inch scamp for bait. When another deckhand heard about the size of the scamp, he commented, "we put a 20-inch scamp in the box."



Snider almost didn't catch the cubera, which resembled a snapper on steroids.



"I was sea sick all day," Snider admitted, noting he already caught a few fish but wasn't feeling well. "I felt green and didn't want to go out. But I wasn't after that."



Capt. Biggers said the cubera wasn't his first, but it was his first out of Destin.



Although there wasn't a spot for the cubera on the rodeo leaderboard, it left its mark on those in attendance.