Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monster 11-foot, 805-pound shark caught on Florida beach

A fisherman standing on the waterfront has caught a monster 805-pound, 11-foot-long mako shark in Florida, in what may be a record for land-based fishing.

Joey Polk reeled in the shark after an intense, hour-long workout in which the shark pulled out 2,700 feet of line. Makos are the fastest of all sharks and can swim at speeds up to 60 mph.

Polk, from Milton, Fla., told the Houston Chronicle: “She was pulling line out of my reel at easily 60 miles an hour. We call that ‘smokin’ the drag’ round here.”

“When I saw it, I knew it was a big fish. I’ve been fishing since I was a little kid, but I thought it was maybe 700 pounds or so, then when we weighed it, it came in at 805! It was amazing,” said Polk.

The shark, which was too big to fit in the back of Polk’s truck, is not the largest catch for Polk, a third-generation shark fisherman. He also pulled in a 950-pound tiger shark in 2010.

Polk took the fish home and cooked it for his neighbors, providing food for around 200 people. He said he returns most of his catches to the sea, but that this one was too injured to be released.

This article originally appeared on News.com.au.

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