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Sawfish caught, released on Sanibel

By Staff | Jun 18, 2021


Lucas Pierce, of Newark, Ohio, hooked a sawfish on June 9 at about 8 p.m. in front of the Pointe Santo condos on West Gulf Drive on Sanibel. He reported that it took over an hour to reel in the fish, which was then safety released. The sawfish was about 10 feet in length and at least 300 pounds. Pierce contacted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission about the catch. The FWC asks that the public report sawfish sightings and catches for research on the species. To report a sighting or catch, visit https://myfwc.com/research/saltwater/fish/sawfish/contact/. Pierce has been coming to the island every summer since he was a baby — he is now 20 — and his grandparents have been coming down for 46 years.