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Texan Angler Reels In Massive 500-lb, 10-foot Mako Shark; 'Oh My God'

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PORT ARANSAS, Texas -- A mako shark weighing in at more than 500 pounds was caught off the coast of Port Aransas on Friday. It drew quite a crowd back at the docks.

Jerry Samiferos and his buddy, Chris Cantu, chartered a boat to do some fishing on Friday and hooked the monster about 50 miles offshore. Jerry said he fought it for about an hour before he got tired and handed off to Chris.

"When I saw the fish out there, I said, 'Oh my God. I don't know if i can handle this, but I'm gonna try,'" Jerry said. "It's all about fishing, blue water and trying."

Chris said he was hesitant to take on the shark at first.

"When he got tired, he turned around and told me, 'You take the pole,'" Chris said. "I didn't want it, but he didn't have anymore, so he said, 'No you gonna take it, so I grabbed a hold of it and did what I could and finished it off."

It took seven big guys to wrestle the shark through the door of the weigh station. It measured 10-feet, 8 and a half inches and weighed 501 pounds.

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wow good job killing another animal in peril, losers.
   comment# 1   - geoff · atl, usa · Sep 8, 2007 @ 11:28am

I hope killing this animal in peril is worth the 1hr adrenaline rush you received to prove to your insecure selfs that your are true men! Idiots! Now you can go back to your caves and brag to all your buddies, how you took down this majestic animal, because your obviously still in the dark ages about the state of our marine ecosystems!
   comment# 2   - Brendan Maas · Philadelphia, PA · Sep 11, 2007 @ 10:42am

great catch Chris,, don't even blink at these idiots comments, they are obviously the ones who are insecure and have found some cause to unite with other pathetic couch potatoes.
   comment# 3   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Sep 11, 2007 @ 6:57pm

Let the ignorant ideal bashing begin! Honestly, I think it would be great if the "left" would calm down and not have a pointless roast of a guy who caught 1 shark while habitat destruction, drift nets and other human means kill thousands of them. On the other side, the "right" should get off of the defensive and acknowledge that these sharks are vital components of the ecosystem and that if they wish to continue their fishing traditions they may have consider the advice of their tree hugging brethren in order to ensure the survival of sharks (and other large predators). However, both sides will probably just keep flaming each other and just spread bitterness and ignorance across this post board. Good catch guys, just remember that if you take from the ocean you should give something back too.
   comment# 4   - Gabriel · Richmond, VA · Oct 17, 2007 @ 2:54pm

Gabriel from Richmond, If your referring to me as the right as obviously you must be since the other two posts are definitely left, I have acknowledged the importance of conservation in numerous posts on these stories. I have also mentioned the fact that sport fishermen contribute millions of dollars to conservation efforts every year . I don't believe standing up for our rights to catch a trophy fish now and then against people who spew insults and would rather see people die then animals is ignorant ideal bashing.
   comment# 5   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Nov 6, 2007 @ 7:55pm

Wow, If i died like that, I would not want to know how many teeth were in there!
   comment# 6   - Madison · North America · Feb 24, 2010 @ 4:30pm
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