A young Alabamian put experienced fishermen to shame by reeling in this once-in-a-lifetime catch

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Any experienced fisherman will agree that successful fishing requires good equipment, patience, and a little luck. 

Even the most experienced fishermen can return empty-handed after a long day if the fish simply aren’t biting.

But a young Alabamian put experienced fishermen to shame by reeling in this once-in-a-lifetime catch.

This amazing catch just made headlines across the country 

For many people, fishing offers them a chance to escape from the burdens of everyday life. 

And for 17-year-old Gardner Love of Elberta, Alabama, fishing sounded like a great way to blow off some steam after taking his final exams.  

However, an average after-school fishing trip would turn into an unforgettable experience for this exhausted teenager. 

Back in May, Gardner Love reeled in a massive 27-inch, 7-pound snook from the brackish waters along Soldier Creek. 

Soldier Creek runs through southern Alabama, before emptying into Perdido Bay, which itself empties into the Gulf of Mexico. 

This means that saltwater fish such as red drum and speckled trout often make their way into Soldier Creek. 

Love spoke out about his epic catch, saying that, “I was back in the back of the creek, and it’s a spot that I normally don’t fish.” 

“It’s like a big grassland back there, a big marsh, and there was a little tree hanging over, right there on the edge of the marsh,” the excited 17-year-old added. 

He then recounted the moment he snagged the fish.

“I yanked it, and it fell on the water,” Love explained. “As soon as it hit the water, the fish blew up on it through water and into the air. And at first, I thought it was a tarpon. I didn’t think it was a snook at all until I got midway through fighting and it jumped out of the water and I saw it.”

Then, Love spoke out about the moment he realized he caught a state record fish.

“As soon as I got the fish in the boat, I called my dad,” he said. “By the time I got back to the dock, it was only a two-minute ride away — he was already waiting down there for me and he said, ‘You got the state record.’ He was really excited.”

As Gardner pointed out, no one has ever caught such a massive snook in the state of Alabama, giving him a highly coveted state record. 

Snook fish, which live all up and down Florida’s Gulf coast, rarely find their way into Alabama waters. 

However, conservationists and fishermen alike have spotted snooks in the area, especially as water temperatures begin to creep up. 

Most fishermen never get this experience

Every day, countless fishermen hit the water to catch some food, or to simply get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

Many fishermen come back empty-handed, just happy to get out on the water.

Gardner Love’s story shows just how unpredictable nature can be, and how patience and determination can pay off. 

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