When spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) reach the size of the one American angler Luke Ledbetter pulled from Florida’s Indian River, they earn the nickname of “gator trout”.

Ledbetter was fishing with Capt. Peter Deeks near the town of Melbourne, Florida, USA when the massive trout crushed the live mullet he was using for bait.

The fish measured out to an impressive 87cm and was released alive – qualifying Ledbetter for the All-Tackle Length world record. The current IGFA record stands at 79 cm.