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When grouper bite back

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The one that didn't get away (courtesy Justin Moraine) The one that didn't get away (courtesy Justin Moraine)
TAMPA (FOX 13) -

As Justin Moraine went down for his dive during the St. Pete Open spearfishing tournament two weekends ago, he had quite a fright. While looking for a giant black grouper, a goliath grouper found him.

The Fort Myers man told FOX 13 news that, he fired off a spear and the black grouper went into a cave. As he was reloading, a goliath grouper moved into the cave.

The visibility was dusty from his first shot, and the next thing he knew, the goliath grouper grabbed a hold of his left arm.

"My whole left arm was in his mouth, basically all the way up to my left shoulder, so I used my right hand to push on his head as hard as I could to get my arm out," he recalled.

Moraine struggled to get free and resurfaced. Minutes later, he went back down and bagged the 82-lb. black grouper.

Not only did he take first place in the grouper division, has his torn wetsuit as a keepsake of the unforgettable day.

"I told my crew what happened and they didn't believe me," he added. "Then I pulled my wetsuit down and I was leaking blood all over the deck of the boat."

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