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Angler Pulls In Texas State Record Bull Shark: 512 Pounds, 9 Feet Long

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PORT ARANSAS, Texas -- A new state record bull shark was caught in Aransas Bay last week by Randall Rickerson of Corpus Christi. The previous state record was a 508-pound shark caught in the Gulf.

This one, caught on Friday, May 18, weighed in at 513 pounds and was nine feet long. Rickerson reportedly had a two hour and 10 minute fight to bring it in and then it took 2-1/2 hours to tow in the boat and shark.

The big catch was stored in the Fisherman's Wharf walk-in cooler until a scale big enough could be brought over to weigh it.

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That's just great...another "big fish" scooped out of the ocean for some person's fishing excitement.
   comment# 1   - Joe · Plantation, FL · May 26, 2007 @ 7:59am

Wow! What a catch. I love fishing that area and can only imagine the excitment of catching one that size. Congrats Randall!
   comment# 2   - Valerie R. · Stephenville,TX · May 26, 2007 @ 4:56pm

Yes, tell Joe from Plantation, Fl., to stick it and quit being a cry baby. Just enjoy the excitement that everyone else is doing. Thanks.
   comment# 3   - G.D.Juarez · SA. Tx. · May 26, 2007 @ 6:00pm

Shoot look what I done catched another fish to hang on the wall!
   comment# 4   - Paul · Conroe,Texas · May 26, 2007 @ 9:28pm

Calm down Joe (from Florida), there's more fish in the sea. Don't get your tree hugging panties in a knot.....
   comment# 5   - John w. · San Antonio · May 27, 2007 @ 4:55am

I am from this area and fish all of the time. What a great catch! Congrats to the anglers and this area on a new State record.
   comment# 6   - J.T. · Corpus Christi, TX · May 27, 2007 @ 7:50am

Can't wait to go wadefishing this week! This pic will make it much more exciting.....
   comment# 7   - Jeff H. · Houston · May 27, 2007 @ 9:17am

To G.D. & John w (perhaps you meant W, we capitalize our initials here in Florida)... Hee Haw! Also, John W., thank you SO MUCH for specifying "Joe(from Florida)." There were so many comments from people named Joe, I was really confused! Perhaps it is just that us "tree hugging" panty wearing folk here in Florida are not afraid of these animals. Most of us prefer to catch and release rather than slaughter them. It also could be that men like you need to PROVE your "manhood" this way. Obviously not EVERYTHING is bigger in Texas!
   comment# 8   - Jen · Saint Pete, Florida · May 27, 2007 @ 9:24am

Bottom line is that reel fishing isn't going to cause the fisheries to collapse...
   comment# 9   - anonymous since my name is too dam unique · Palo Alto, California · May 28, 2007 @ 7:23pm

Couldn't you find something more important to do with four hours and forty minutes than kill a beautiful bull shark? How exciting! You broke a new record! DUH! Signed: Another "Tree Hugger"
   comment# 10   - Ellen · Tavernier, Florida · May 28, 2007 @ 10:49pm

To all posters that have issue with the legal rod & reel taking of the new potential state record bull shark...I would like to extend my personal invitation for you to wadefish beautiful Aransas Bay every year around this time and pet to your heart's content our sweet female bulls during pupping season.Congrats to the angler! Thank you for the work you do!
   comment# 11   - R.Parker · Rockport,Texas · May 29, 2007 @ 2:09pm

Not to take issue with our angling friends in Fla., but some sportsmen have not yet GOT the idea of catch and release. We are trying. Texas has the best recovery story of the red drum and speckled trout of any Gulf Coast state. Thanks to CCA and other involved individuals, we are educating our sportsmen and conserving fisheries and habitat for future generations. I am sure that one large bull shark removed from public waters by a legal licensed means will have little or no impact on the shark population. We should combine our desires to protect the marine species, by holding our federal marine fisheries managers accountable for failing to regulate shrimp by-catch and commercial shark and sword fishing. Our red snapper populations are at an all time low and shark fins are still a delicacy in many foreign countries. If we fish, hunt, bird watch or hug bunnies, don't hate. Lets all take of our resources in a responsible mannner.
   comment# 12   - Spanky L · Anderson, Texas · May 29, 2007 @ 2:36pm

As a response to some of the reasoned replies, yes, I understand that some fish are still plentiful and legal rod/reel angling will have minimal impact. It is true that bycatch on commercial longlines and finning are the greatest threats to sharks overall, however, once an animal is "state record" size, it has survived through many of these dangers. The reproductive potential is very high at this point, as well, it tends to have favorable genes for the continuance of the species. Don't assume I am simply an extremist treehugger - with 90% of the "big fish" of the ocean gone, every subsequent one lost now has a much greater impact. It is much more important that we band together against needless killing of these fish, be it illegal finning or permitted recreational angling.
   comment# 13   - Joe · Plantation, FL · May 30, 2007 @ 7:30am

As a diver I can assure y'all there is no shortage of large Bull Sharks in the Gulf of Mexico. Dragging it up on the boat ramp is more than I would have done. Had that shark come anywhere near me or my stringer, it would have received a .223 powerhead between the eyes and a parade wave from me. Good catch and good riddance!
   comment# 14   - Jim · Florida Native · May 30, 2007 @ 8:05am

I think thats just awsome that that bull shark was caught in all the years that i have been fishing i have seen sharks that have to kick in the nose get away. I'm glad !!!!!!!! CONGRATS Randall
   comment# 15   - B parker {lil angler} · rockport 'tx · May 30, 2007 @ 8:32am

Awsome I am glad you caught bull shark because that sharks future could be a non pleasant one cause he could probally eat 50 people and i have had some shark encounters to and i am only 10 years old . I'm glad that that sharks dead and if any body is offended by what i just leave a comment. CONGRATS RANDALL
   comment# 16   - B.parker · rockport tx · May 30, 2007 @ 8:40am

Congrats on the big shark! Glad he's outta there! Sorry about these hippie cry babies from my great state thats getting over run with this people and yank's.
   comment# 17   - Justin · Ft.Peirce, Fl · May 30, 2007 @ 1:02pm

You tree huggers need to educate yourselves on what is really deteriorating our resources. It's not the recreational hook and liners that pay license fees (which support the fishery) and take a few fish home. It is the longline industry and commercial shrimpers with their enormous bycatch and mortality rates raping our gulf all for a few company's profit motive. These companies lobby our government and get themselves appointed to recommendation boards to keep themselves in business. They get laws in place that further restrict the recreational sector and benefit them. Trent Lott is in their back pocket. Stop spouting your emotional driven ignorant statements and educate yourself.
   comment# 18   - Marcus · Tampa bay, Florida · May 31, 2007 @ 12:39am

What an ugly creature! It would be great to rid the world's oceans of such monsters. They are the most dangerous of all sharks, and inhabit inshore waters. There are millions of these things in the world's oceans. There are a few nutty organizations that are trying to conserve their catches. These people are demented in my opinion. If there were no Bull Sharks in the Oceans, the world would be better off! I hate hearing about the lies that it would impact the environment in some negative way. These groups make money, and Professions based on their nonsense on conserving sharks. There are more sharks in the world than there are people! We can shark fin and fish all we want, and their will stil be too many of these monsters left in the world's seas!
   comment# 19   - Monte Petersen · Greenwich, CT USA · May 31, 2007 @ 4:48am

appearently some of you people don't have any better things to do than spend hours talking about a fish online. go out and do something productive. but don't you thing that if this fish bit you kids leg off you would feel differnetly about whether or not this fish should be swimming in coastal waters with us. think about it.
   comment# 20   - texas resident · texas · May 31, 2007 @ 8:57am

There are plenty of bulls in the ocean world wide and they are nowhere near endangered. More sharks are killed by nets that keep the beaches safe than people who catch sharks on rod and reels. In all honestly, there is no difference between catching a bull shark or a rainbow trout from a numbers impact on the species.
   comment# 21   - josh · Denver, Co · May 31, 2007 @ 9:11am

Awesome catch....too bad all these florida tree huggers keep trying to put there input in on us Texas boys fishing skills. DONT HATE, Congradulate. Oh yeah and I think I might head out right now to go and slaughter anything and everything I can put a hook in. How you love that Florida. YA'LL just dont know how its done down south.
   comment# 22   - Joseph M · Portland, Tx · May 31, 2007 @ 3:11pm

Great catch. A shark that big has lived long enough anyway and plus there are many more out there. No state records would ever be able to be broken without the actual fish, DUH (florida) Don't you know that the only reason this angler even killed this fish was because of its state record potential. I have many buddies who fish with this angler year round and catch and release hundreds of sharks along with other species of big fish. SO SHOVE IT!!!!!!!! and tell this man Congratulations
   comment# 23   - Stuart N · corpus chirsti, tx · May 31, 2007 @ 3:17pm

Having lived in Florida for a time I must say that all of the tree hugging B.S. dont suprise in the least. Congrats of the fish and the record.. oh and buy the way, NO ONE IN FLORIDA KNOWS HOW TO FISH ANYWAY!!!!
   comment# 24   - Shawn · San Antonio Texas · May 31, 2007 @ 7:02pm

for years my husband and i have wade fished in aransas bay and my biggest fear has always been sharks. small ones. big ones. doesn't matter. i'm really excited for randall, it's a great catch. but just not so excited that it was caught in the bay. we just happen to be going to rockport next wednesday. anyone know exactly where this shark was caught? i'd just as soon stay out of his neighborhood. i know, the odds are great that we won't run into any of his buddies but i'm generally looking down and shuffling to avoid rays and i just as soon not have to be looking up for fins too. (even though i know i will) Congratulations Randall!
   comment# 25   - Renee M. · Fort Worth, TX · May 31, 2007 @ 9:00pm

that is a great fish...all of those sissies in florida are just jealous that they cannot top us
   comment# 26   - Matt R. · Texas · May 31, 2007 @ 10:06pm

Florida is a bunch of sissies. nice shark, my cousin hooked one about the same size and lost it. yeeeeee haw.
   comment# 27   - Bradan · Texas · Jun 2, 2007 @ 5:46pm

Renee. I will tell you that I know that the man who caught this shark also hooked, brought to the boat, but lost another 9 footer the day before. Yes, it too was in Aransas bay. I am not sure exactly where the fish was caught, but I did hear it was in a little deeper water 5- 10 foot. Be careful, have fun, but dont keep your stringer of fish too close by. Congrats Randall, and thank you for keeping our bays safe. Way to go, on the new record! And to Florida tree huggers, Just mind your own business and keep it to Florida.
   comment# 28   - Steve S. · corpus christi · Jun 3, 2007 @ 2:23am

Don't listen to those tree-huggin' Florida people, they can't even vote properly. They're still counting "dangling chads"...
   comment# 29   - David J. · the United State of TEXAS (a COUNTRY BY ITSELF) · Jun 4, 2007 @ 3:40pm

That is definetly bigger than the salmon we catch.
   comment# 30   - Grizz · Seattle · Jun 4, 2007 @ 6:41pm

That's one nice bull shark! Congrats!! It was caught off Mud Island not far from anything,in about five foot of water!Imagine the wake from that MONSTER!!!!!! Oh, by the way, try to take it easy on the Florida natives. It's the tree hugging yankee transplants that are screwing their state up! They got some good fishin there too. And most fisherman i've met there have been friendly. Texas still has the best fishing!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 31   - Todd Danhof · Schertz,Texas · Jun 4, 2007 @ 9:42pm

Hey now some of us know how to fish that are from Florida!!! HAHA I am soooo glad that you caught that monster the thought of my kiddo's out there in that water with im just made my skin crawl, my youngest said he was retiring form the tube LOL. Well congrad's to the one who caught him you have my blessings to get more and yes I am from Florida but moved here 7 yrs ago!!!
   comment# 32   - Kristina Smith · Corpus Christi Texas · Jun 5, 2007 @ 2:27pm

Hey I was just reading some of the other fishing stories and the World Record was caught in Destin Florida last week I guess they forgot to release!!!! Oh well Congrad's to him also...
   comment# 33   - Kristina Smith · Corpus Christi Texas · Jun 5, 2007 @ 2:30pm

Hey Randall good catch, I know that was 2 hours of nothing but excitement. You cannot beat salt water fishing. I've been blessed to have lived near the Texas coast growing up and I now live on Lake Livingston. Even though we have some big stripers and Giant flatheads My heart's still in fishing the bays and surf of the Texas coast. And to all you tree huggers Out there We've all been blessed to live where your opinions are part of what makes this Country great. I disagree strongly with your opinions on fishing and in fact Texas fishermen contribute millions of dollars to consevation as do fishermen in other states but unfounded as your opinions may be, God Bless America and Keep on fishing it's a great family sport.
   comment# 34   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 5, 2007 @ 4:46pm

""What an ugly creature! It would be great to rid the world's oceans of such monsters. They are the most dangerous of all sharks, and inhabit inshore waters. There are millions of these things in the world's oceans."" By Monte Petersen. Monte, you aren't by any chance related to a certain Australian nutter called Vic Hislop are you? He's stuck in the 1970s post Jaws mania era as well. Grow up!!
   comment# 35   - John Cornell. · Eureka, California · Jun 6, 2007 @ 7:34am

To Jim in Florida, at least there are a few COOL people in Florida. How can you live with all the tree huggin hippies. Grow up people Its 2000, Kill em and Grill em. Thats why they are here. And unless you are a vegetarian you have absolutely no room at all to talk about killing anything. SO Joe In Florida I hope you and your tree hugging buddies don't eat meat. Great catch, Kill em all Just dont waste the meat.
   comment# 36   - Wahoo Man · Corpus Christi, tx · Jun 6, 2007 @ 11:25pm

I fish that bay fairly often, If anyone knows where it was caught in Aransas bay i would love to know. I would assume it was caught closer to the Port Aransas side of the bay but thats just a guess. does anyone know a where the general location was?
   comment# 37   - nathan · college station · Jun 8, 2007 @ 10:35am

I read that it was in a deep channel dug out for shipping or barges and that more and more of these bigger sharks are coming into the bays to feed. I don't know that bay very well so can't help you with where the channel would be. Contrary to the Al Gore theorist, these bull sharks are very plentiful and prosper every where in the oceans especially in the land down under, Africa and Brazil. That doesn't mean we should slaughter them but catching fish by rod and reel isn't going to deplete this or any species of shark. If you believe in God then he gave us dominion over all animals, if you beleive in evolution then we evolved the stronger and more adapted animal and we eat them ,not the other way around,the ocean and the earth is our enviroment not theirs. And by the way these are the most agressive sharks and every year more and more people are being bitten by them, they do feed in shallow waters and even fresh water, they caught a 5 foot one, in the Trinity river, one mile below the lake Livingston dam which is about 120 miles up river from the Gulf. Keep on fishing but sponser your state programs which fund all types of fisheries and conservation efforts.
   comment# 38   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 8, 2007 @ 11:13pm

nice bull and for those tree huggin libral kittens n florida up yours this is TEXAS where everything is bigger and better thank you randal
   comment# 39   - chris · la, porte · Jun 9, 2007 @ 10:00am

That was quite a feat!! I fish for sharks and I only use lures. One of my favorite ways is a big thick 5" - 7" soft plastic soft plastic rigged on a Rockport Rattler jig. The Rockport Rattler is some new type of a jig that rattles real loud and has eyes that attracts and reflects light sources under the water or something like that. I did a search and found out some info on them at and just started using them and have used scented bait with them as well. That noise and those eyes on that jig probably agitates the big shark to hit when I fish the surf. Caught some BIG TROUT on it too!! Shark is excellent table fare grilled over mesquite wood and quite healthy for a human beings heart. EAT MORE FISH !!
   comment# 40   - Megalodon · Port Aransas, Texas · Jun 12, 2007 @ 6:52pm

What is a good bait (dead bait or live) for fishing the surf late evening and night? I've used finger mullet but not a lot of success also squid, any tips? Also for all uninformed, in Texas there is a one shark limit and a minimum size of 24 inches, and as Texas fisherman know it's excellent when prepared right. The last fishing trip I took to west Galveston bay we caught 4 black tips(and released 3 all about 22 inches or so) but kept one 28 inches long, we caught them while trout fishing on live shrimp in a span of about 4 hours. More and more sharks are in our bay systems. I have fished the Texas coast since the early 1970's and have never caught or heard of so many shark catches as the last few years. Add it up
   comment# 41   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 13, 2007 @ 8:52pm

As far as the comment by John Cornell in Eureka, California attacking Monte Petersen is concerned, I would say that you (John) are the actual nut and YOU need to grow up. Vic Hislop only hunted specific large Great Whites and Tigers in Australia that were believed to have killed humans and that makes perfect sense. Its you nutty animal rights kooks that make me want to puke talking about how beautiful these predatory sharks are and the bogus endangered species crap, ad nauseum. I'll bet if you were in the water and that monster swam by you, you would be relieving your bowels or walking on water. The animal rights wackos care more for these oceanic predators than they do for humans and its pathetic. They suffer from misanthropy and their thinking is totally warped and they also host a multitude of websites and blogs pushing their radical agenda and attack and censor any and all that disagree with them. People in general love animals ( and so do I ), but these monsters do nothing but kill and swim . Bull sharks have been found in a canal in St.Petersburg, Fl. and in shallow waters far upstream in fresh water rivers and there are tremendously far more attacks than the small numbers that have been officially reported and recorded in shark files. These animal rights nuts have a dubious agenda and many of them have professions ( I.E.-shark cage diving, etc. ) that earn them a great deal of money and that is why they defend these oceanic killers. Don't let them deceive you !
   comment# 42   - Mac · Orange Park, Fl. USA · Jun 15, 2007 @ 2:19pm

Once in a lifetime catch. Good job! I am an avid saltwater angler and tend to stay on the rocks or in my boat. Had that particular fish been caught by my crew, it would have been measured, photographed, released and wished well. The thrill could have been had by yet another angler. We practice 95% catch and release. Keep just enough to enjoy on the grill occasionaly. Good fishing and good ethics should go hand in hand. Capt. Spanky and the crew of the SUM TING WONG
   comment# 43   - Capt. Spanky L · Anderson, Texas · Jun 18, 2007 @ 12:30pm

I cannot believe the ignorance of these replies. I just snorkeled in the keys with these sharks and the instructors said they have never attacked anyone there in 55 years of being open. They don't see very well and they find their prey by bumping and biting, basically trying to find food. They are not evil. I suppose the people who want them killed have never swam next to one. Who is the sissy now?
   comment# 44   - suzanne · sarasota, usa · Jun 19, 2007 @ 6:10pm

Theres nothing wrong with you wanting to swim with bull sharks, or any shark if thats your thing and in the keys is a great place to do it the waters are generally clear. I wouldn't suggest doing it in the waters of Texas though, not much clarity. There is also nothing wrong with fishing by rod and reel for these FISH and bull sharks have attacked many people world wide and the fact that this monster was in the Aransas bay shows theres more & more sharks coming into our shallows, anyone that knows these Texas bays knows thats a shallow bay as most of our bays are except east Galveston bay and some channels dredged for shipping lanes.
   comment# 45   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 20, 2007 @ 8:56am

You soap-box whackos need to get a grip. It was ONE shark. Did anyone stop to think of the multitude of fish/sharks that this guy has probably released over his lifetime? Most fishermen, me included, release most of our catch. It's the sport and sharing times with family and friends that we love. I purposefully fish for sharks all summer long. Trust me; there is no shortage, especially when it comes to bulls. And, like most others, I release most of what I catch. Occasionally, I keep a shark for table fare. They are delicious. To those utopian, pious, out-of-touch and oh so superior whackos, I have to ask, "What color is the sky in your world, and is it nice there?" No matter how much you dream of a nirvana, the world is what it is. The circle of life will go on around you the same as always. Bigger/smarter things will continue to kill and eat smaller/dumber things. GET OVER IT! By the way, eat any meat lately? Shame on you! That poor cute little defenseless cow. I hope that you certainly gave your butcher a piece of your mind as he handed you your prettily wrapped ground round. How about those shoes, that belt, purse, wallet, car seats…
   comment# 46   - Jeff · Port Bolivar, Texas · Jun 21, 2007 @ 9:42am

For Robert, My most successful shark baits on Crystal Beach have been stingray or batray, either whole, if small, or sliced if large. I take a 12"or 14" ray and split it down the middle and double hook it with #20 circles crimped about 12" apart into one end of a 10' 300lb stainless steel leader. Use tie wraps to secure the ray to the leader and hooks. It is the best that I have found for three reasons: 1) sharks love rays, 2) most other fish don't like rays and 3) it is so tough that it lasts for hours, even if crabs get ahold of it. Good Luck!
   comment# 47   - Jeff · Port Bolivar, Texas · Jun 21, 2007 @ 10:00am

Thanks Jeff, for the bait info I will definitely try it, I'm going down to the west end (san luis pass) in July . Also your RIGHT ON, there are to many hypocrits crying over this bull shark. KEEP ON FISHING IT'S A GREAT FAMILY SPORT
   comment# 48   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 21, 2007 @ 5:31pm

Just another thought. I bet you that bull that Randall caught has killed and eaten more sharks over its lifetime than everyone posting on this board combined. Bet you hippies didn't know that sharks are extremely cannibalistic, especially when it comes to young pups this time of year. I can't count the number of bonnetheads and other young sharks that I have reeled in that were bitten in half on the way in. So, you guys should be singing his praises rather than condemning him. Think of the vast numbers of sharks that he saved by bringing in this monster. Ironic isn't it?
   comment# 49   - Jeff · Port Bolivar, Texas · Jun 22, 2007 @ 8:51am

To the 10yr old little punk, get off the internet and do your damn homework! To everyone else that is applauding this catch and saying good riddance, to you I just hang my head down and weep for you and your children. If you are this dumb, then your kids will only be this dumb too. The oceans need every single large predator to control the reefs, and the population of various other species. If we eliminate all the large predators, we damage the ocean and what it produces. Please educate yourself more so that you at least sound educated when making your ridiculous stances.
   comment# 50   - Mark Yelton · Charlotte, NC · Jun 22, 2007 @ 11:06am

Mark yelton, you sound like another bio fanatical AL Gore whacko extremist that not only has no clue whats really going on but probably has never done anything to help our environment at all. I feel for your kids if you've had the pleasure of having any. Fishing is one of the best ways to spend time with your kids in the outdoors.What do you do? Read fiction, national enquirer,sit at a computer, watch Real life on tv, or in other words just do nothing. I hope you have none. Keep on fishing
   comment# 51   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 22, 2007 @ 3:33pm

Mark, I don't know to whom you are referring as "dumb." But, I believe that you probably meant "ignorant." You see, there is a difference. "Dumb" means that you have defective cognitive skills. In other words, you can't learn as well as others. While, "ignorant" is synonymous with uneducated. In other words, you can learn, but have not, for whatever reason. I pride myself in being neither. I can and have learned a great deal. I have a bachelor’s degree, as well as a masters and doctorate from Baylor University. I constantly study marine biology to discern man's impact on his surroundings. While it is true that large predators are necessary to maintain an equitable balance in our seas, every single recent study has concluded that shark populations off of the gulf coast are dramatically increasing every year. I am unsure of your East Coast populations. How about you? How is your level of knowledge in that regard? Maybe you should do a little introspection before dismissing others as "dumb." By the way, the bull is not known as a reef species. It is primarily a shallow water coastal predator; sometimes moving great distances into fresh water habitats (4,000km in the Amazon). If you would truly like to "educate" yourself about sharks and their behavior, that might be an interesting place to start. By the way, the bull is AKA Cub Shark, Ganges Shark, Nicaragua
   comment# 52   - Jeff · Port Bolivar, Texas · Jun 22, 2007 @ 4:45pm

Jeff, read what I said a little more clearer before calling me out. I wasn't implying that the bull is a reef species, nor do I appreciate your assumption that I have no education into the matter. I have spent the better part of my adult life educating myself on topics such as these and the last thing I need is for someone belittling me all while sort of agreeing with my point. If your studies are what you say they are, I find it a bit shocking that you are not more of a conservationist of the very animal you have elected to study. Additionally, I know the difference in dumb and ignorant; and you appear to be both. Everything must be bigger in Texas, because you are a bigger less than intelligent person than most.
   comment# 53   - Mark Yelton · Charlotte, NC · Jun 25, 2007 @ 7:09am

Robert Rolin, how dare you offer any type of advice for how to care for my children. I am an avid fisherman, and have been my entire life. But I catch and release each time, as I find enjoyment in just being out there fishing. I am not a fanatical Gore whacko extremist as you imply. But I do find enjoyment in sharks and their behavior, thus I do not like seeing large sharks like this removed from our oceans all for the purpose of sport. And if you are sincerly hoping that my wife and I are barren, all to prove your point, then you have taken a step over the line and I will not stand for it. Do you have a heart, or are you just such a large rear orifice&*%# that you would make such a comment.
   comment# 54   - Mark Yelton · Charlotte, NC · Jun 25, 2007 @ 7:17am

Conservation does not equal self-righteous fanaticism to the point of obsession. But anyway, what's the point people? As I have always believed, arguing with imbecils is a sure sign of insanity. I haven't the time anyway. I am going fishing for a week.
   comment# 55   - Jeff · Port Bolivar · Jun 25, 2007 @ 9:48am

Great Fish ! I just wish that it was still swimming
   comment# 56   - Norm Cerny · Toronto Ontario Canada · Jun 25, 2007 @ 11:46pm

Mark Yelton, it sounds like you need more then advice it sounds like you need some counseling. If you are an AVID fisherman then you know as well as all fishermen there is NO way you could possibly release them all not ALIVE anyway. There are always casualties, foul hook, hook to deep, trauma, exhaustion etc. etc. AND which behavior of the BULL shark is it that you ENJOY? They are vicious, tenacious opportunist predators that even feed on their own young. There are more and more bites, attacks and human deaths AROUND the world from these FISH. The BULL shark is not endangered and in fact thrives in the murky shallows of OUR bays and Gulf. They are known to have a bad disposition and will feed on just about anything. I ask you again, so which behavior do you enjoy? I would never wish something bad on any innocent person, but as typical fanatics usually do you spout insults, overreact and then cry foul. Now you're the victim right? As for you not standing for it, I can chew anything I bite. You told Jeff to read more clearer, if you follow your own advice you would have read that we both believe in conservation as most fishermen and hunters do.
   comment# 57   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 26, 2007 @ 7:00am

Robert, I am well aware of the amount of attacks on humans that Bull sharks cause. While it is true that this is a horrible situation that I wouldn't wish on anyone, it is also true that the ocean is a wilderness; not a swimming pool. These sharks have been feeding in their environment since before the dinosaurs, and hopefully will continue to. I love the ocean, and I visit the coast and swim several times a year. I know of the possibilities when I enter the water; but that is a risk that I and all other swimmers take when entering the ocean. Bull sharks feed close to shore, and are opportunistic predators just as you mention. We swim close to shore, and a chance encounter are good odds...especially along the FL coast. It is unfortunate when someone gets bitten, and given the ferocity that bulls exibit, once they get hold they tend not to want to let go. However, the chance is ours to take and punishing these animals for exibiting the behavior that they were hardwired to do since the beginning of time is wrong. I do not wish to get into a back and forth with you, but I can continue if you want. I do not feel like the victim, nor am I a fanatic; but I do not appreciate you implying that I should not have children; foul ball. Call me out, not my children or my wife. While they may not be endangered now, the persistance we show in removing them, along with the attitude that the oceans is ours and not theirs, will inevitably lead to their extinction. Have a nice day
   comment# 58   - Mark Yelton · Charlotte, NC · Jun 27, 2007 @ 5:04am

Bull sharks as well all sharks will not be endangered of extinction by Rod and Reel fishermen. I believe the ocean as well as the entire planet is our environment. Sport fishermen as well as hunters understand this and spend more on conservation of OUR planet then any other group. Sure we take a few trophies now and then, rightfully so, as in all of nature this has a way of balancing out. For you to bring up children in the FIRST place calling anyone's child that doesn't agree with you Dumb and insulting peoples integrity and intelligience for your own ignorance over these issues was your choice. Some of my children, 3 which our in college, like to hunt, they all like to fish and everyone of them know to respect our planet. They also enjoy eating wild game and fish. If the shoe fits wear it pal. Keep on fishing. Scroll up and read my first post, be enlightened Mark
   comment# 59   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 27, 2007 @ 7:12am

Mark- Not to start more arguments with you because this is supposed to be about fish and fishing but before you go crying foul please look back at your comment about the 10 year old where you clearly state that "if you are this dumb then your kids will only be this dumb too". Before you get mad at someone attacking you and saying that you should not have children, relize that what you were saying wasn't much better. And for being so rude to a 10 year old, shame on you! Please do us all a favor and let the people who want to talk about fish do so. By the way, it is a great looking fish.
   comment# 60   - Dave · Houston TX · Jun 27, 2007 @ 9:50am

Great fish! there's alot of big Bulls down here in south Texas that is for sure. You mister Mark started throwing out jabs it seems first and now crying foul after ya get a few pokes back at ya. MAN UP oh boy! We are in no danger of Bulls going extinct down here you can surely take a few hundred back up the coast with you if you like. And by the way they are a good fish to cook.
   comment# 61   - Captain Ron · South Padre Island, Texas · Jun 28, 2007 @ 10:22pm

I'm back!!! Caught 26 reds and 17 sharks over the last week. Few other assorted stuff...gaftop, stingray, specks, etc. Had a great time, except for dodging all the grass. By the way, released all, except a few specks and one 4' blacktip, which we grilled on the beach. So, which category does that place me in guys? Am I the uncaring destroyer of our ecosystem or the peace-loving self-righteous conservationist extremist? The answer is, "neither." I am just a human predator with an understanding that there is a balance in nature. As my grandfather frequently quoted, "All things in moderation."
   comment# 62   - Jeff · Port Bolivar, Texas · Jul 4, 2007 @ 11:43am

people think of sharks as monsters but they are fascinating creatures because they have been here longer than dinosaurs and they have as much right to be here as we do! sure they hurt people but its only becaus they are trying the best to protect themselves. wouldn't you do the same thing just to protect your famly and yourself? its just somthing all of us even the sharks have in common if you paid any attention to this you probably have noticed people and sharks are very much the same people can have there own opinion but this is mine.
   comment# 63   - amy greene · south carolina · Jul 6, 2007 @ 3:08pm

Sorry Amy, but sharks don't just attack to protect themselves. Most attacks are predatory ambushes. The FBI and ATF have declared the zealots of the animal rights movement and the environmental movement to be domestic terrorists- more dangerous than the islamic nut cases and these people care more for a fish than they do for human beings. Most of these animal rights zealots have never even seen a shark in the wild or ever had a close encounter or attack ( I have ). Most would poop in their wetsuit and walk on water if they encountered one of these oceanic predators. I dive in the keys often and encounter them but they tend to avoid multiple divers. The same bunch who become outraged if someone kills a shark or sharks are totally silent when innocent men, women and children are killed by psycho muslim terrorists. Talk about misplaced priorities. Go figure !!!!!
   comment# 64   - JB · West Palm Bch, uSA · Jul 12, 2007 @ 12:02pm

Congrats Jeff sounds like a great trip! I just returned from a weekend down in Galveston. We fished in the Gulf of Mexico and caught two black tip sharks , kept a 3ft one to eat, we also caught a couple of nice gafftops and hooked something big that snapped our 30lb line as soon as we set the hook. A fisherman further down the beach caught and released 6 shark. THEY keep telling us sharks are in peril but I keep catching more and more every time I go fishing even when I'm fishing for trout and redfish with shrimp. Your Right on JB, go figure. Keep on fishing it's great family sport.
   comment# 65   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Jul 15, 2007 @ 6:38pm

You tell em JB! lets kill all those filthy predators... maybe the FBI can make suicide shark bombs to drop on the Afghans. 2 birds with one stone, right? Thats an interesting fact there that animal rights advocates support muslim extremists.. never heard that one before. Almost seems like you pulled it right out of your....wetsuit.
   comment# 66   - Tyler Canderozzi · Peachtree City, Georgia · Jul 30, 2007 @ 10:34pm

Too many of these posts have stated that these fish are "monsters," because they have eaten a few people. There are more fatalities from cigarette smoke than there are from shark attacks. What is "monstrous" is that we have continually denied the effect of killing the top predator of the sea will have on our oceans; it reminds me of the denial we had about Global Warming until recently. If we kill off the top predator, because they are eating people or our catches (ironically it isn't our water, it's theirs), we'll just have to kill the next top predator that will take the sharks place. This can be seen already in California, where giant squids are taking over as the top predator because the shark’s numbers are decreasing. As for the fishing aspect: It sounds like fun. I would love to fight a fish who took over 2 hours to reel in, but I would release it after a couple of pictures to prove my success. After all that is the only reason he kept his prize catch, to brag. I once caught a fish THIS big.
   comment# 67   - xavier marin · santa clara, California · Jul 31, 2007 @ 11:31am

This is for all of you that have advice for Randall. You fishfarts who want to go hug a "bull", be my guest. Captain Spanky, you want to release your catch, roll on. Just shut the pie hole for ol Randall. Next time any of you catches a 9'/510lb'r feel free to do whatever. Randall, great job man! I definitely feel safer with guys like you around taking the big boys out. I love to surf and play at the beach with my kids. Next weekend is going to be a lot more free and easy with one more maneater out of the way. Keep up the good work and CONGRATULATIONS! Bulls tremble at the sound of your name. We're not worthy, We're not worthy!
   comment# 68   - drew3rd · Corpus Christi, Texas · Jul 31, 2007 @ 1:29pm

I think people should have a healthy respect for sharks and not think that the oceans should be ridded of them. They are there for a reason, without them the oceans would become overcrowded with sick and dying, as well as dead marine life. The ocean is not a giant public swimming pool for humans. I love the ocean, and it's a wonderful place for recreation. But it must be respected if it is to remain a place of beauty and recreation. There is not an endless supply of fish, and someday humans may well deplete the ocean of many of its inhabitants. Very sad. Humans must respect nature or they will destroy it, and nature will strike back in one way or another. Again, have a healthy respect for sharks, for not all are dangerous maneaters. They are there for a reason and completely in tune with their environment -- something humans must learn to be in order to avoid destroying ourselves.
   comment# 69   - Debbie · Oklahoma, USA · Jul 31, 2007 @ 10:04pm

I think its great to catch a shark that big. I think it is even better if it is being used as food. I dont like it when there are trophy hunters out there. If you hunt it then eat it.. When me and my son go fishing we always eat what we catch.We have caught several sharks. They are one of the best tasting fish out there. They are more milder than shrimp. That #512 bull shark will feed several dozen people.. I hope it will be used for that....
   comment# 70   - tryckspyder · Palm Bay, fl · Aug 2, 2007 @ 10:10am

them floridians are a bunch of little girls. there are way to many sharks in the gulf and surf and bays. they need to be taken out. and people from florida. either learn how to fish or go hug your trees and little kittens.
   comment# 71   - nathan T. · Liberty, Texas · Aug 5, 2007 @ 3:09pm

why is he putting it in his bed, he should tie it to the hood. Drive down the road and make people think a shark is coming at them at 65mph on the highway.
   comment# 72   - Hunter McHick · Dallas, TX · Aug 9, 2007 @ 10:32am

I just got back from Hilton Head, SC where I caught an estimated 7 1/2 foot bull shark on 25 pound test. (The mate got a hand on the leader which I'm being told makes it a catch.) We were only a mile from shore!! This monster wasn't harmed as we cut the line after it became an official catch, but I would feel better if it was dead as I have kids who want to swim in these waters.
   comment# 73   - Danny Lennon · Red Bank, NJ · Sep 2, 2007 @ 5:42am

If killing sharks is your thing, then congratulations. Personally, I have no problem hunting for meat. That's the natural order of things. I too think Al Gore's a whacko (if we could get him out of TN, we would) but I have to admit I have never understood how folks get pleasure from killing for the sake of killing. But, again, if that is your thing, go for it. BUT the best hunters I know (and we have a few here) respect the animals, especially the predators, they are hunting. I don't have a degree in marine biology so I won't comment on whether sport fishing is damaging the ecosystem. But, I do know that you are a lot more likely to be killed by a bee than a shark. And as a prosecutor, I have seen how real "monsters" kill. That's who everyone ought to be after. Calling a "dumb" (yes, I mean it that way) animal a monster is nuts. If you don't like sharks, stay out of the ocean. I for one wouldn't want to swim in an ocean without any sharks at all. I do know enough to know that there wouldn't be many other fish left either. So, let's try to be moderate and not so dramatic on either side? Hmmm? And as for the 10 yr old in the group. Jaws is just a movie and the shark most likely woudn't have eaten anybody and certainly not 50 people. But, I would listen to what folks here are saying and avoid murky water at dawn or dusk of around bait fish.
   comment# 74   - Chris · Tennessee · Sep 9, 2007 @ 10:24pm

Good post(in my opinion) Chris from Tenn. I too believe in fishing and or hunting for meat and not just for the sake of killing but as you stated if thats your thing. I don't have a problem with rod and reel fishing for trophies or hunting for a trophy but as every aspect of life there will be people who over indulged. If your comment about calling a dumb animal a monster was referring to my comment I called it a monster referring to its size and not its actual being. One other thing there are a lot of people on this site that would Strongly disagree with you on the opinion that sharks are dumb (in any sense of the word) me not being one of those people, good advice stay out of murky water late or early in the day,, keep on fishing its great family sport
   comment# 75   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Sep 11, 2007 @ 6:51pm

I think it's interesting that folks in Florida have such a fondness for bull sharks, probably, along with tiger sharks kill or mame more people than the other dangerous species combined. I think I should mention that the Florida east coast is now shark attack capital of the world passing Austraila and South Africa and the bull shark is in the forefront of all attacks on record. A fisherman in Texas has done nothing more than to aliminate an extremely dangerous species from Texas beaches. It should be noted that this species is a beach patroller and not paleagic and it is only a mater of time before it killed somebody. So, in closing, you fine fisherman in florida keep catching and releasing and by all means keep up the good work on shark feeding by hand tours so that bull sharks can continue to associate humans with food. Who knows,mabe florida will set the all time record for shark attacks for years to come.
   comment# 76   - R.L. Gouldman · Gilmer,united states · Oct 24, 2007 @ 10:49am

Hey Joe...go hug a tree.
   comment# 77   - jason · sonora tx · Nov 1, 2007 @ 11:24am

Nice fish Randall, Ive been making the 8 hour trip 10 to 15 times a year for the last 10 years and ive never seen anything close to that size. Great catch!!!
   comment# 78   - George · Waxahachie,TX · Nov 1, 2007 @ 2:30pm

Kinda gory, don't ya think ? It doesn't really bother me but then its kinda sad seeing it hang there to drip bleed while people take pictures... i dunno, mixed feelings. I think I would take pictures and throw it back, I mean.... why not ? why kill it, right ?
   comment# 79   - Angel K · Debary, FLORIDA, usa · Nov 26, 2007 @ 6:32am

I agree with Angel K
   comment# 80   - cole · united states fortmyers Florida · Dec 19, 2007 @ 6:53am

was is the deal with all the Florida cry babies, Florida has a lot of shark for ya'll to defend, leave Texans out of your tree huggin crap.. good catch man, biggest one i cought was 228lbs. at St. Luis Pass, Galveston.. 1 hour 20 min on a 30lbs. test line
   comment# 81   - martin · Houston, TX US of A · Dec 23, 2007 @ 2:07am

WHOA, I've fished San Luis pass area forever, thats a good catch also Martin. I usually just catch small ones, I release most of them but catch an eater now and then.Merry Christmas
   comment# 82   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Dec 24, 2007 @ 6:45pm

Good catch man! I was just flounder giggin there last week. Thanks for keeping the beaches safer.
   comment# 83   - T. Mac · Kahului · Dec 31, 2007 @ 1:34pm

1 less killer out in the ocean. you tree huggers ever read facts on how much people are killed and attacked by bull sharks? i for one am happy that there is 1 less out there.
   comment# 84   - mark jones · houston, usa · Jan 5, 2008 @ 10:18am

These Bull sharks have been turning up in our canal waterways and have been implicated in attacks on people during the past few years. The public needs to be made aware of what is out there and what better way than to highlight the odd catch or two. From one of Australia's longest serving voluntary beach patrol pilots and researchers.
   comment# 85   - RIC D.T. WILSON · MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA · Jan 30, 2008 @ 1:30pm

   comment# 86   - SAYCHA · ENGALAND · Feb 5, 2008 @ 9:41am

Saycha from england....your one to talk your country men have raped the ocean fisheries of the north sea for many of years....this is know the State located in America which is technically bigger than your island...stay across the puddle sir
   comment# 87   - Cpt. Octavian · Texas Born and Raised · Feb 21, 2008 @ 10:30am

To Cpt Octavian. And I suppose us Americans have not done the same as our British Fisherman, except we do it to the world and its people. Glad you know your geography though
   comment# 88   - John Dewry · Alabama · Mar 7, 2008 @ 5:47am

Wow, I came across this site looking for real numbers on shark attacks off the coast of SE, North Carolina(wrightsville,kure,topsail) and fell into a passionate fishermans battle. Its good to see you guys figured out the differences. I still dont get the whole 'tree hugger' references, I mean, do you get a live tree at Xmas??? We enjoy the outdoors as a family and eat plenty of meat, I see no harm in killing a shark or any other animal for that matter. Anyway, anyone got any good links to some shark attack stats in the region I mentioned above. We are thinking of moving there and I was interested in some numbers or even locals perspective. My intent of use on the water would be family beach time, swimming, surfing and yes, for sure, surf fishing and deepsea fishing tours!!
   comment# 89   - milehigh · parker,colorado · Mar 9, 2008 @ 9:12am

gret, but don't stop fishing at the same area , try to fish 5 km more furher i think the fish does not alonebecause it hunt randomly
   comment# 90   - nazrin · selangor,malaysia · Mar 22, 2008 @ 8:48am

The anglers were fishing in waist deep water ,one week apart .Both were knocked down by CHARGING BULL SHARKS.Thank god they were not bitten.The week after that my son relesed a 8' bull shark there ,including numerous others.
   comment# 91   - Captain Doug · Port Aransas TEXAS. · Apr 27, 2008 @ 8:32am

i dont think im going swimming at corpus or port a anymore.
   comment# 92   - scott · san antonio · May 27, 2008 @ 3:41pm

Just think how many fish this sportsman saved by removing this predator from the seas. many fish
   comment# 93   - JB · Austin TX · Jun 23, 2008 @ 12:22pm

I use Rockport Rattler jigs to catch shark. trout, reds and flounder LUV those jigs - something about the noise agitates them I guess, but when I want some shark to grill I can rig up my favorite shark bait and put some subsurface noise to it with those noisy jigs on a tough Mustad hook.
   comment# 94   - Shark Hunter · Aransas Pass, Texas · Jul 11, 2008 @ 8:38am

I do a lot of sport-fishing. I do generally believe in catch and release. I think what everyone needs to realize is that good can be done by catch and release AS WELL AS by removing the catch from the water. Whether there is a need to remove bull sharks from those waters... I am unsure I'm not from the area. If there is any sort of overpopulation of bull shark in the area I can't take issue with the fish's removal. If there isn't some sort of overpopulation of bull sharks, it should have been released. Where I come from this is quite simple, only take something from the water or wilderness which you intend to eat. If there is no sort of overpopulation of this species (i.e. they are causing damage to the ecosystem due to the overpopulation) then this fish shouldn't have been taken from the water. The issue I have in that case is the needless killing of an animal simply for a sense of personal fame because it might have been a record. The most important thing I have ever learned about the natural world which surrounds us is that we must respect the environment and the ecosystem which is present. Theres no need to kill fish that aren't causing ecological damage. Simply put, you can still have just as much fun fishing if you release the fish you catch. As for those afraid of bull shark attacks... I assume you all stay indoors wearing rubber during thunderstorms? These animals RARELY attack human beings who are minding their own business.
   comment# 95   - Intelligent Observer · Everytown, USA · Jul 26, 2008 @ 4:04am

I do alot of fishing and hunting,and no I am not a TREE HUGGER as you CHIP TIPPERS put it. I was taught only to take what you intend to eat by my father and grand father as a young boy.I am 52 years old now. My wife and I do alot of fishing from Fresh water to OffShore Sport,and Surf Fishing.We have had Sharks swim right by us while casting out in the surf in about knee too waist deep water,and have not been bit as of yet.We meaning everyone that enters the water have to realize,your in there house now.We did a fishing trip to Alaska,the last thing that our guide said to us was.You will more than likely see some Bears today while fishing,we are in there house today and we more than likely won't have a problem with them.But if we did he was prepared to shoot them,he never used the gun.We did a Giant Fin Tuna trip out of Carolina a few years back, the Captain had a permit to keep the fish. We recorded the whole catch and choose to release the Giant Fish. These fish did not become That Big over night, two years ago with did a Shark Trip 40 miles off shore. The Captain estimated the catch to be between a 450 too 500 lb Biggest Dam Shark I have ever seen in my life. The beam on the boat was 12 ft, the Shark was about 14 to 15 feet long.I would not want to be in the water with it,we did a tag and release.If the gentleman that caught the fish ate it,that would be GREAT.By looking at the picture,it was more for show and tell and setting a record.
   comment# 96   - Tuna Time · Your Town, USA · Jul 30, 2008 @ 6:52am

What a man catching that shark must make you! Aren't you proud to kill another living creature?
   comment# 97   - bea · rockport · Aug 4, 2008 @ 8:42pm

We should keep animals like that. They don't to attack people! They are extrodanry animals, and we need to respect that!
   comment# 98   - Erin · Dallas · Aug 7, 2008 @ 11:49am

Congrats Randal. Great catch brother. I am a fisherman, hunter, farmer and gun owner. I get sick to death of all you do good bleeding heart tree hugging hippie commie liberals trying to force everyone to live by what you see as correct. You dont hunt or fish or own a gun, well good for you. That is YOUR choiceand I resepect that choice of YOURS. But DO NOT EVER lean on my rights and the rights of others to do what they please with our CONSTITUTIONALY given rights. Get a life of your own and stop trying to run the lives of others.
   comment# 99   - Bill C · Shreveport LA · Aug 8, 2008 @ 4:12pm

Beau from Rockport = The strong eat the weak. Been like that for millions of years. You and your weak views mean nothing to the strong. Kill or be killed. Why are you even on a fishing board.... Go away and eat a granola bar.
   comment# 100   - Buford · Kemah, Texas · Feb 11, 2009 @ 2:35pm

why did you kill the shark? anyways awsome foot length.
   comment# 101   - morgan · dallas,texas · Feb 25, 2009 @ 1:16pm

catching that thing must have been awesome! congrats on the catch. i'm so jealous right now. not all yankees are tree hugging dirt worshippers. catch and release is a very good recreational ideal, but if you have a potential record, keep it!!!
   comment# 102   - Rick M. · Providence R.I. · Mar 3, 2009 @ 6:11pm

Most of this has been said before but I'll say it anyway. People who hold a Texas hunting/fishing license are the ones who pay to keep our state producing wildlife like this. When is the last time any of you tree huggers donated or otherwise supported anything to improve the states wildlife? Hell the deer population in Texas has exploded because of hunters not only purchasing land with license sales revenue, but feeding the damn things corn, etc year round to produce a trophy. If this were a World record size cow, chicken, or pig would any of you give a cr@p? While I personally have Texas Parks and Wildlife record for a fish and will admit, I typically don't keep them, I did keep one to make the record. And if it intrests you at all, my family and I ate it. It's your catch, do with it what you want, but I prefered to eat my catch instead of sticking it on the wall. Personally I don't like killing things for no reason. However, I don't see the 100s of poor little shad and shrimp every time I go fishing as dying for nothing :).
   comment# 103   - RUDEDOG · San Antonio, TX · May 17, 2009 @ 10:12pm

I was raised to believe that what you kill you use. If the shark was eaten, then it was used. If it was just thrown away, then the person that caught the fish has no respect for our wildlife.
   comment# 104   - Randy · Port Aransas · Jun 2, 2009 @ 4:12pm

I love fishing, espesially in Destin. But I do agree with the catch and release method since I hate the taste of fish.(Lucky for them)Good job on the record anyway though.
   comment# 105   - Adam · St. Louis · Jun 7, 2009 @ 5:13am

my family and i go to port aransas every summer on vacation and we love it. We know there are sharks but we take comfort in the fact that there hasnt been an attack in years, so we still go in the water. holla back when im in yo city
   comment# 106   - garret · topeka kansas · Jun 14, 2009 @ 7:36pm

Damn. Looks like another online brawl. I didn't know there were so many shark experts? Wow, I'm impressed. Notice, that as far as we can tell, not a single one of you has any expertise in shark biology/ecology. As far as I'm concerned, most of you are really just very opinionated, very politically conservative recreational marine resource harvesters, with a heavy pro-harvest, anti-predator bias. Anybody bother asking a bona fide shark biologist whether this was/is a good idea? Science is relevant. Ideology,ignorance, and experience catching lots of fish, are not. If 3 out of 5 bona fide shark biologists say that harvesting this large individual was of no consequence to the bull shark population, and that this practice may continue without negative effects, then I will agree with the majority of opinions on this site. Until then, we don't really know whether it was a good idea or not. However, I will confess to suspecting that it was actually probably not the best idea, and that repeated similar harvests will eventually have a negative effect, if they haven't done so already.
   comment# 107   - Ken · Dallas, TX, USA · Aug 8, 2009 @ 2:52pm

Great another beautiful shark pulled out of the water along with millions of others each year. CATCH AND RELEASE YOU less than intelligent person.
   comment# 108   - Big Steve · UK · Nov 14, 2009 @ 1:13pm

That's a great catch. And the rest of you need to quit whining about one shark. There are so many more in the world that it wouldn't make much of a difference if the guy had caught 5 or 10 record sharks. Anyways, you complainers are the losers who get on the internet and search for these stories so you can spread your crap around. Get a life.
   comment# 109   - Blake A · Austin, Texas · Jan 13, 2010 @ 6:14pm

Get it right next time Tyle Conderozzi. I never said -" kill all the sharks" or implied anything of the sort. Its always people like you who always put a spin on anything and anyone who doesn't jump on your radical animal rights bandwagon. Sharks are unpredictable- . Some (bulls, Great Whites and Tigers ) will swim right past you and yet others will make an unprovoked beeline attack upon you. I had to powerhead one in self defense and it was only to save my life. I see the same animal rights activists whining about people cutting off shark fins but say nothing about crazed religious zealots cutting off people's heads. Talk about priorities being misplaced. Bull sharks can live and thrive often in upland fresh waters and shallow waters at that. No one suggested anything about kill all the sharks and I'm sick of hearing this crap but humans are more important than some freakin' predatory fish. Typical animal rights extremist. If you disagree with their agenda or point of view , then they engage in insulting name calling with their immature and childish mindset.Grow up ! Its ONE lousy fish and the world won't come to an end as a result. Good Grief !!!!! Get real !!!
   comment# 110   - JB · West Palm Beach Fl · Feb 6, 2010 @ 2:50pm

Late to the party, but my goodness, can't anyone simply admit that there are too many of these fish? Any species can get out of balance, you nitwit tree huggers, and sharks are no exception. Quit with the hand-wringing and knee-jerk conservationism. Start thinking about whether or not some culling might be in order, whether it's bull sharks or whitetail deer or any other animal your ill-informed fancy lights upon.
   comment# 111   - J · New York, NY · Mar 1, 2010 @ 10:18pm

   comment# 112   - Parker Speares · Ft.Worth, TX · Mar 10, 2010 @ 9:04pm

I'm back residing in Jacksonville from West Palm Beach and I think the diving is better down south but job oportunity prevails for me here. Regarding the shark matter , I find it really mind boggling that these animal rights extremists who go bonkers anytime anyone should kill a shark ( even in self defense ) are the same ones TOTALLY SILENT when massive innocent human beings are beight slaughtered by terrorists. It shows you how depraved these individuals really are. They wring their hands, get teary eyed and pour their hearts out with sadness whenever a shark is caught or killed but they sit back and yawn whenever innocent human beighs are being slaughtered . I am convinced beyond a shadow of a dought that these individuals have serious mental problems. If you think I'm kidding about these extremist animal rights / environmentalist individuals then I suggest you do a Google search on "Animal rights extremists" and " Environmental extremists " such as ALF and others. Also do a Google search on Domestic terrorism in particular to the animal rights movement. Both the FBI and ATF consider these individuals on top of the list in acts of terrorism and public safety. THEY ARE THE BIGGEST LIARS AND DECEIVERS !!!!!!! These people care NOTHING for human safety and welfare but care only about animals. They are NOT sensible in their protection of certain animals but have gone off the deep end and become venemously hateful toward anyone who puts
   comment# 113   - JLB · Jacksonville , Florida · May 5, 2010 @ 1:19pm

I am NOT a tree hugging wacko and they aren't wackos. They just believe diffrently than others. Anyone out there who knows someone or has been injured by these animals, i'm sorry that happened to you. Those "wackos" just have a more...umm...intresting way of thinking. I'm only 11 years old and i understand both points of veiw. Think about that. Hope ya'll have a great life. :D
   comment# 114   - Dove B. · CA · May 23, 2010 @ 8:15pm

Me again, i read some more comments and JLB, holy crap, that scares me. If thats true, I'm hesitant to support those people even a smidget. Guys, I'm a kid so if i sound a little stupid to you, I'm sorry but thats just how I'm being raised so far. Hope that what JLB said isn't true, but, i'll go check it out. Peace out for now all you awesome peeps.
   comment# 115   - Dove B. · CA · May 23, 2010 @ 8:23pm

Put it to the 11-year-old to be the voice of reason. Also, being upset somebody killed such a beautiful fish does not constitute a person as a radical, tree-hugging, liberal communist. By the way, I wish to congratulate Randall on his catch; it really is an excellent fish! However, bull sharks are apex predators, so their population dynamics do not work the same way as white-tailed deer. Cannibalism can actually act as a form of intraspecific population control. Single larger sharks can have far greater benefits on an ecosystem than many immature sharks. I've spent decades researching wildlife, although I admit my knowledge is mostly autodidactic. Ever since I could walk, I've lived outside, fishing every chance I can get. Personally, I choose to catch-and-release most fish I hook, but I am more than willing to keep some of my catch to eat. This is just as natural as a bear fishing for salmon. However, larger (and subsequently older) fish have higher fecundity and are more important for the species' continued survival. Smaller fish also tend to taste better. For this reason, I only keep smaller fish to eat, and avoid apex predators like sharks, as their populations have not evolved to sustain heavy predation, granted I admit I have never landed a record fish and had to make the decision to keep it or release it. I am sad such a spectacular fish died, but it was done legally and Randall's choice is his and his alone. I'm no tree-hugger, just an avid outdoorsman
   comment# 116   - Brad · GA · May 31, 2010 @ 7:20pm

Just leaving port aransas with my family from our annual trip to the beach. My hubby and I were out playing in the surf with our 6 year old twins when suddenly someone next to us yelled "SHARK" ~ several people saw a large shark swimming really close to shore. I decided to look up info about sharks and port aransas and found this discussion~I'm freakin out! I realize that you take a couple of steps down on the food chain when you go swim in the ocean, but still. I grew up 10 mins from Destin, Fl and looked forward to shark week at the fishing rodeo every year~wouldn't have minded seeing some shark fishers today!
   comment# 117   - Ann · a florida native happily living in tx · Sep 11, 2010 @ 12:52pm

Last year me and some buddys of mine cought a scalop heammerhead there is was 14 pounds under state rec....great cath bro
   comment# 118   - clister88 · livingston polk · Oct 27, 2010 @ 8:14pm

and these can travel in brackish and fresh water. a scary thought
   comment# 119   - mkf · u.s. · Nov 9, 2010 @ 8:32am

Whoohoo!!! Thanks for catching and KILLING the Bull Shark!!!!!!!! Please Kill More so my kids can enjoy the Ocean without losing a limb : D
   comment# 120   - Kelly · Humble, Tx · Mar 10, 2011 @ 1:36pm

All these tree huggers who moved to south FL, need to quit reading stuff that they know, they aint gonna like. "the innocent shark" thats like saying innocent tuna and we kill thousands of them a day, and yall still eat them. I did not get to the top of the food chain to eat carrots! From a FL angler to a TX angler CONGRATS!!! I catch bulls and tiger sharks all the time, and even keep one once in awhile,and they taste pretty good. So TX dont hate on all us guys from FL just the south FL non native hippies :)
   comment# 121   - Joe H · Jacksonville (north) FL · May 9, 2011 @ 7:23pm

what a bad rear orifice fish congrats on your haul all the people from florida claming to be not afraid of sharks let me get you to understand some thing some people catch for sport in which case they release the fish and some people like me and us texas folk like to eat fish so when you see a pic of a big fish dont get pissed cause you have not caught a fish like that so what im saying is STOP being so narrow minded but once again AWESOME SHARK BUT WATCH OUT MY SHARK WILL BE THE NEXT STATE RECORD i hope
   comment# 122   - Ben H · rockport texas · Jul 3, 2011 @ 2:27pm

I think maybe you Florida genius's should consider learning how to count before you begin to try and badmouth Texas. And the comment on Texas fisheries and our CCA program is untouchable. Maybe you should come and tell this Gentleman to his face and try and rain on his parade. In our Texas hospitality, Don't like our ways, keep out of our DAMN business. Have a great day..
   comment# 123   - Lee · San Antonio, Texas United States · Aug 24, 2011 @ 3:57pm

Funny the "save the sharks" silliness appears to come from Florida, the shark attack capital of the world. Apparently they just can't figure it out down there. It must be the water..............
   comment# 124   - Mark · Wasilla, Alaska · Sep 7, 2011 @ 9:16am

Well, i suppose i will go for a swim in the channels in Corpus Christi because of bull sharks
   comment# 125   - Roger · Oslo City · Jul 29, 2012 @ 1:48pm

There is NO shortage of these sharks and they have proven to be very unpredictable, and aggressive. I dive from time to time and this is one shark species I don't want around me in the water, they are downright mean.
   comment# 126   - Keith · St Pete Florida · May 22, 2013 @ 9:11pm

Better than it scooping me out of the water while wade fishing.
   comment# 127   - Case · Boerne, TX · Jul 27, 2016 @ 2:46pm
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