"While I would love to be a world record holder, the thought of killing this beautiful animal was completely abhorrent to me," Roth told David Shiffman of Southern Fried Science. "I felt so fortunate to have hooked and landed this spectacular fish. Killing it was always out of the question. Releasing this fish, and for me all fish, to keep the species healthy is a top priority for me. I always encourage all anglers to catch and release."