Eliot Granville, 34, of San Antonio, Texas caught more than just her new husband on the evening of her wedding.
Eliot married Earnie Granville, in Port Aransas, Texas and following a ceremony – officiated by Eliot’s mother – the couple held a small reception at a home were immediate family were staying.
“It was perfect,” Eliot Granville told Fox News Digital. “We had a great day.”
Around 10 pm things began to wind down and Earnie spontaneously suggest they go fishing even though Eliot was still in her white reception dress.
“It was kind of just like a last-minute thing that we decided to do,” Granville said.
For the first 45 minutes, Eliot was plagued by a fish that kept taking her bait and leaving.
Finally, she felt a tug on her line and set the hook.
“I set the hook, and then I started reeling it in,” Granville said. “At first I thought that maybe I was stuck on something on the bottom because the fish was so large – I’ve never caught a fish that large.”
“And then I realized that there was actually a fish on there,” she added.
Eliot had to be careful because she wasn’t using a fishing pole that was designed to handle a fish the size of the one on her line.
It took the newlyweds about 15 minutes to get the fish close to the pier so they could get a look at what was on the line and that’s when they were shocked. Granville had hooked a black drum fish and they were going to need some help to get the fish on the pier.
Earnie quickly borrowed a net and some nearby fisherman who heard the commotion and ran over to help.
“Everybody’s adrenaline was going,” Granville said. “We were so excited. We got him up there and I was shocked at how big he was.”
The fish was estimated to weigh about 50lbs.
“That’s definitely the biggest fish that I’ve ever caught,” Granville said.
“It was really exciting,” she added. “It was a lot of fun.”
Due to fishing regulations in the area Granville released the fish back into the water.
“My sister and all my friends, they were like, ‘It’s a gift from your dad,’” Granville said of her father, who died in August. “He loved fishing.”
“We were extremely close,” she added. “He was my best friend. So my sister was like, ‘It’s your dad watching over you.’ I thought that was really sweet.”