Ever since his dad hauled up his record-setting catch, Steel Rocket has been chasing that special fish.
The 122-pound Cubera snapper that his dad, George, caught is always on Steel’s mind. Not long ago, he thought he caught one even bigger.
“I wish I had that record,” Rocket said from the edge of a dock in Big Pine Key. “122-pound Cubera snapper.”
Rocket told Outdoor 360 his story. Nursing an injured shoulder, which required surgery after his fishing trip, he ventured out to find a giant fish. He dove to 200 feet and saw a Cubera that he recognized – one that had eluded him before.
He patiently waited, then fired. He hit the fish and fought it to the boat. He knew it was huge but didn’t know if it was big enough to best his dad’s mark.
It wasn’t. An 87-pound Cubera was good enough to set his own personal best but not large enough to take home family bragging rights.
Still, he won’t stop chasing them.
“To be able to beat his record and call him up and let him know, I think he’d be happy,” he said. “If anyone else probably beat his record he probably wouldn’t be happy but I want to be the one.”
After a shoulder surgery, Rocket expects to be able to dive again at the end of 2016.
“He is so talented at 21,” said his mother, Kat. “People live their whole lives and can’t do what Steel can do at 21.”
For more on Steel’s career, keep up with him on Instagram.