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Georgia Teen Reels In World Record 5-foot, 263-pound Nurse Shark Off Florida Coast

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- When a 15-year-old Georgia high school freshman Nic Jeter went out fishing with his dad, Greg, on their 22-foot Pathfinder boat at Port St. Joe, Florida, Saturday, he had no idea he was about to have his name in the record book.

That is exactly what happened, however, when, after 45 minutes of fishing for Spanish mackerel, just off Cape San Blas, he felt a tug on his line. Little did he know that the instigator of that tug was a world record 5-foot, 263.8-pound nurse shark.

“We had caught about five or six Spanish mackerel and were about to pull anchor and come on back in when we felt something big bite our cut blue fish bait that we had on our Teamar Shimono 8000 reel with 30-pound test line,” Nic Jeter said.

“I hooked the nurse shark around 2:30 p.m. and it took until around 4:30 p.m. to pull it in. My dad put a rope around the tail for me.”

After Nic and his dad came back to shore, they took the shark to be weighed. Thinking it might be a record, they reported it to the International Game and Fish Association (IGFA) in Dania Beach, Fla., and they verified that it was a new world record catch.

Nic said that, while he has eaten shark before, he definitely plans to have this one mounted.

“We could say we are a fishing family because we all enjoy it so much. After Nic’s prize catch, we went to the home of Jim’s grandfather, former Decatur County Commissioner Jim Jeter, Saturday night to cook and eat fish.

Saturday’s big catch was also not his first shark catch. He has caught nurse, bull and hammerhead sharks in the past.

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Great story! What a great lifelong memory and good time this young man had with his family. THAT is one nice nurse shark. Keep on fishing it's great family sport
   comment# 1   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska , Texas · Jul 25, 2007 @ 8:29pm

I was one of the first people to see this fish after he reached the hill... Nick is about 5'3 and is much shorter than the fish.. he was easily 8 feet long...just a little typo!
   comment# 2   - Ryan Miner · Cape San Blas, Florida · Jul 29, 2007 @ 9:25pm

Great trophy for a kid to have. It should be mounted and placed over a bar or something!
   comment# 3   - Monte Petersen · Greenwich, CT · Jul 30, 2007 @ 6:20am

WOW!!! what can i say i am VERY proud of you Nic!!! I am so blessed to have a cousin like you, you really mean alot to me and i love you so much!! Congratulations on your world record!!!
   comment# 4   - Ivy Heard · Bainbridge,Georgia · Sep 12, 2007 @ 6:34pm

Fantastic catch!!! I wish I could fetch a beast like that one!!!
   comment# 5   - Mike · Biloxi · Jul 31, 2008 @ 10:49am

thats a nice shark but you a liar about the weight.... ps i have one twice as big so i know that is not a world record.
   comment# 6   - hunter · new york,usa · May 15, 2009 @ 7:45am

We just caught one the other night way bigger then this. Of course for it to be recorded it would have had to been butchered and placed on the scales. I don't believe the eight is accurate but for it to be a record again it had to be weighed at an official weigh in station. Good job never the less.
   comment# 7   - Tom · Tampa Florida · Jun 10, 2009 @ 9:33am

Nice job Nic! However, there may be a bigger fish about to break your record. See the pics and story at:
   comment# 8   - William · Avon, Indiana · Jun 26, 2009 @ 6:46pm

im 14 and i caught a 300 t0 400 pound nurse shark
   comment# 9   - Bob · Tallahassee, Florida · Jun 29, 2009 @ 5:22pm

Have just returned from a weeks fishing in the Florida Keys and caught a nurse shark approximately 400lbs, it now lives to fight another day an make somebody elses dream come true...
   comment# 10   - Greg · Southampton, UK · Mar 31, 2010 @ 12:48pm

it was actually 8 foot 1 inch. just a little typo there
   comment# 11   - Andy Jeter · bainbridge ga · Apr 12, 2010 @ 4:10pm

I caught a 7ft nurse saturday. Biggest me or my 30yr experienced guide had ever seen but probably weighed less than 200. Don't know how a 5ft nurse could weigh that much. 5 footers are very common in the florida keys. Congrats though
   comment# 12   - jake · islamorada fl · May 31, 2010 @ 9:26pm

No way that is 5 ft LOL..I've caught a few 7-8 foot nurse sharks so the weight sounds about right for an 8 foot class nurse shark..they
   comment# 13   - John · Naples · Sep 4, 2010 @ 5:00pm

Why exactly did the kid need to kill a nurse shark? Next time, take a pic, measure it, and let it go! 5 ft. and over 263 lbs? I seriously doubt it, not unless it's belly contained about 100 lbs of lead! I've caught dozens of nurse sharks off the beaches in Brevard County, a couple 7 ft+, the largest might have gone close to 200 lbs.
   comment# 14   - Dallas Z. More · Satellite Beach FL · Sep 28, 2010 @ 7:54am

So if you guys are such great fishermen and have caught bigger, why haven't you recorded them? Jealous people will just say anything these days. Yall just shut your mouths and be proud of the kid.
   comment# 15   - Jayson Myers · Bainbridge, Ga · Feb 17, 2011 @ 8:06am

How could this be a world record if i caught a 7ft11 inch nurse shark just last week
   comment# 16   - Dustin Haddaway · ormond beach,fl · May 28, 2012 @ 8:17am

i caught a 9 foot nurse shark today on the varmar wreck on a light spinning rod and 20 lbs test 2 hour fight we chased it a mile brought it to the boat 22 foot glasstream 221cc 2013
   comment# 17   - m e brooks · mexico beach fl · Jul 27, 2013 @ 6:43pm

This is a great catch! I also caught a giant nurse shark in the Florida keys, but was not able to get the measurement and weight. Mine was only a half hour fight though.. I can't imagine a 2 hour fight. Overall, nice catch!
   comment# 18   - Chase B · West key, Florida · Apr 6, 2015 @ 10:15am

The other day on a fishing charter with my family on the Gulf, I(15) caught a nurse shark probably about 7 feet long and easily 400 pounds, to all of the people who say Nurse sharks cannot be that big, they really can.
   comment# 19   - Colby · Marco Island, Florida · Jul 4, 2016 @ 8:19pm
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