An idea from a group of fishermen in South Walton became reality Wednesday as the world's largest fishing lure was unveiled today and the Sandestin Golf and beach resort, and this one's for the record books. Sandestin sits just miles away from Destin, also known as the world's luckiest fishing village. So what better way to celebrate that than with something woven into the area's DNA
"We've been working on it for 10 months and building it for the last 3 1/2 to four months...I'm so glad we're finished," said Mark Davis, owner of the SS Spitfire Mercantile shop at the Baytowne Marina.
The lure is 10 feet 10 inches long, and weighs 355 pounds. Mark Davis says the idea was to pursue a world record to bring people into Sandestin and his shop. That's when his wife stepped in.
"Was talking with my wife about it, and she says it just needs to be something fishing related. How bout a lure? And a light went off and we were good to go from there."
A judge from Guinness World Records, Amanda Mochan, was on hand to measure to lure.
"This is definitely among one of the most unique," Mochan said.
"I know this area is known as the 'World's Luckiest Fishing Village' so the world's largest fishing lure is a perfect fit, it fits right in."
It's a perfect fit for David Partridge, who is the creator of the 'Flatliner' lure that the record holder is based on. One look at his vivid tattoos of underwater life, and you can see his passion.
"Fishing is what it's all about...I could do fishing 24/7 and love it," Partridge said.
The lure will be up permanently, or until a new challenger approaches, Partridge says. At that point, he says he will go after making an even bigger lure.
"It's a good feeling, cause you know it's something nobody else has, but it's going to be like 'who's going to come after us?'"
Meanwhile, don't panic if you see a boat pulling a 300 pound lure in a few months
"During the slow season this Winter I definitely plan on pulling it behind a boat...it's solid wood so I don't see any reason why it wont float," Davis said.
Davis said the next possible goal on his list is to build the world's largest fishing pole.