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Florida Fisherman Snags 9 Foot, 600 Lb Bull; 'The Biggest Thing We've Ever Caught'

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Last Summer, Frank Maloney and his friends got hooked on fishing off his dock. They never thought they would catch something this big.

"We knew when we hooked it this was the biggest thing we've ever caught," said Frank Maloney.

Maloney called for help and his friends knew this was not just a normal catch.

The three men spent hours battling the shark in 20-minute shifts until it was lured into the sea well and they were able to sink a treble hook into its flesh and lash it in place for the night. Frank Maloney said they had to put ice on the reel to keep it from overheating during the lengthy encounter.

"I never thought we were going to get it in," he said. "I thought we were going to break the line several times."

He said local fish markets were not interested in the animal so he plans to mount the bull shark's jaws and return the rest of the carcass to sea.

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Too bad they killed the beautiful creature for his jaws. That should be a crime just as killing an elephant for his tusks or a bear for his gallbladder is.
   comment# 1   - Donna · Rochester, NY USA · Jun 4, 2007 @ 5:04pm

Well, last week I was commenting on how things are not bigger in Texas and I apologize. I am sickened that these "men" in St. Pete would fight him (I see claspers)for three hours, hook him and let him suffocate. All for his teeth? Do they realize how old this animal was? I hope they get a set of shark teeth someday and I do not mean mounted on their walls, perhaps their waists. What goes around comes around. OK, now everyone can be "manly" and call me a panty wearing tree-hugger. I need to check last weeks comments! (; PS Donna, you are so right! I never thought of it like that!
   comment# 2   - Jen Sunday · St. Petersburg, Florida · Jun 5, 2007 @ 6:17am

   comment# 3   - bob best · moriches, new york · Jun 5, 2007 @ 6:32am

Bull sharks are responsible for more bites than any other shark. They are the meanest animal in the world b/c they have more testosterone then and other animal in the world. They are the only shark able to swim in fresh water as well as salt water. Its a vicious animal. This one is 9 ft long. Scary.
   comment# 4   - Chris · madison, WI · Jun 5, 2007 @ 6:54am

Chris, Humans kill more sharks by the billions than sharks bite humans. No wonder they bite our rear orifices.. They are not malicious or mean.. they are sharks and should be treated with the respect they deserve. Killing one for its jaws and to have that stature is irresponsible and disgusting. Sharks are beautiful creatures and important in this world. Please remember that next time you read an article like this.
   comment# 5   - Robin · Galveston, TX · Jun 5, 2007 @ 7:54am

I'm with Cris from Madison. The Bull Shark is the most dangerous shark of all. We live on the Gulf. I've seen Bulls right under our dock in three feet of water! Big Sharks too.. I NEVER let my kids swim in the Gulf. I'm not saying they should all be killed, I'm simply saying they are very dangerous and should be feared.
   comment# 6   - Jack Alrey · Sarasota Florida · Jun 5, 2007 @ 9:28am

It is great to see that most of the comments here show dismay and regret that this magnificent shark was caught and so horribly killed. The fact that the so called SPORT (sic) Fishermen will only keep the jaws, makes the whole issue even sicker and more despicable. Yes I agree with Donna.. this is a crime and there should be laws against such animal cruelty. It this was a tiger, rhino or an elephant, I bet there would be a huge public outcry but because its a shark, well thats a different issue. If only these idiots (and others like them) spend some time to read and try to understand what sharks truely are, and how many of them are endangered and risking becoming extinct, then maybe they would act differently. It is not humans that need protection from sharks, but the sharks need protection from the worst killers ever to roam this planet...Homo Sapiens.
   comment# 7   - The Sharkman · Malta · Jun 5, 2007 @ 9:53am

Okay, simmer down everyone. Remember everyone is entitled to their opinion. That's what living in America is all about. I agree with both sides. I don't agree with "sport" killing, though it's the only way to keep the shark numbers down (certain sharks and certainly not sharks that might be endangered). Nothing else kills sharks (except perhaps the occasional killer whale or other sharks). But, killing sharks in limited numbers for their meat or if there are too numerous sharks/shark attacks in one particular area, then perhaps it is needed. But thought and good decision need to prevail. If there are a ton of bull sharks in a fresh water area where there are a lot of people, perhaps the shark numbers need to be reduced. And some people do fish to catch and eat shark. Nothing wrong with that. We eat chickens, cows, pork and other fish, but as I said in the beginning, I do not agree with sport fishing just to mindlessly kill for the fun of it. Catch and release is fine and fun. This guy should have filleted (sp?) the shark and gave the meat to friends who might have tossed it on the barbeque. But if he threw it back into the sea, some creatures will surely eat it. Crabs, other bottom fish. It won't go to waste. What we really need to do is to have a 5+ year moratorium on all fishing in the ocean so that it can replenish itself. Otherwise I think we're doomed. I know men who make their living as commercial fishermen will be angry
   comment# 8   - Kim · California · Jun 5, 2007 @ 11:59am

Sport fishing has not, is not and won't ever be the problem with over fishing or depleting our oceans and bays. It is as much as nature as this pit bull of fish dying from old age , bacteria, or any other reason. Sport fishermen in Texas alone spend millions of dollars on consevation as they do in other States. You hypocrits want to blame someone but never yourselves. The computers you are using have more of an adverse effect on our oceans then fishermen have had since the start of mankind. The chemical refineries that make the materials for the manufacturing of ninety percent of the computers on the market pollute our oceans, rivers and air killing hundreds and thousands of fish and wildlife. You are still going to buy products made of plastics, vinyls etc. even though their productions have killed all types of animals and will continue to have adverse effects on our planet.Do you feel bad for contributing to their deaths ? Commercial fishing companies all over the world kill and waste tons of fish, are you eating seafood at restraunts ?It's just easier for you all to attack someone you see a picture of with one huge fish that he fished for and because you didn't directly kill anything just indirectly. Go after real problems and leave people alone that want to live life while there here and enjoy it.Fishing is a great family sport.If you practice catch and release or not it's up to the individual.I would rather see this dead shark than a dead person anyday, it
   comment# 9   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 6, 2007 @ 12:44am

i hope they ate it .......mmmm bull shark (rednecks)
   comment# 10   - john manning · columbus,GA · Jun 8, 2007 @ 2:11pm

I dive with bull sharks all the time and I film them. Yes, they are unpredictable just as any shark or wild animal is. However, they should not be destryed for pleasure. Catch and release is the way to act!
   comment# 11   - jeff · boca raton, florida · Jun 9, 2007 @ 9:20am

Fish for the sport- then RELEASE!!!!- No telling how old that shark was. Whata beauty- What a SHAME!! When will they learn??
   comment# 12   - Tammy · Memphis, Tn. · Jun 9, 2007 @ 7:47pm

IT IS A BEAUTY OF A SHARK.....You gotta figure a shark's gotta eat. You put yourself in thier habitat and expect not to get bit or eaten, well, I take that as a gamble that you lost, you really cannot blame the shark, as you are going into his environment, right? If you would like to discuss this more hit me up JJ
   comment# 13   - JJ Moog · San Diego CA, USA · Jun 10, 2007 @ 12:15pm

Actually shark attacks are a rare occurence, compared to the amount of people in the oceans, gulfs and bays. I don't agree with the comment on it's the sharks enviroment you should expect to get bit or eaten, why not say you should expect to be attacked by a bear on hikes or bit by a snake if you go in the grass, watch out for that cloud could be lightning, don't drive way more people die in car accidents. How about live and let live, people(in my opinion) should catch and release unless their going to eat it and shouldn't hunt it if they don't plan on eating it but if it's not endangered( which bull's are not) what a great catch and adventure ,better the headline bull shark killed then teenage girl or boy or any human killed by shark. The whole world is our enviroment and yes we should co-exist with all species but all of you who condemn this fisherman should spend more of your time on the real culprits.
   comment# 14   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 10, 2007 @ 7:02pm

Everyone is getting so riled up about this. I agree with both sides. Catch and release is a good way to go, but if i had been the one to catch the shark i would have done the same thing. Sharks are terrifying. I don't see how anyone could say they are beautiful, what with the rows and rows of razor sharp teeth. I would much rather have him on my hook than it having me in its belly.
   comment# 15   - Mary Hartshorn · Killeen, Texas · Jun 11, 2007 @ 3:39pm

The thing with bull sharks is that not only are they found primarily in warm, coastal areas such as St. Petersburg, FL but they are also extremely territorial. And what we as humans have to remember is that when we enter the ocean we're in their territory - there's a reason humans don't have gills. Therefore it is my *opinion* that a catch and release policy should be the way to go with sharks and *Sport* Fishermen. I am suprised though that the fish market didn't want the shark meat because the bull is one of the most commonly caught sharks in the world (for both meat and leather). One upside is that this was neither an endangered nor threathened species of shark as that would truly suck.
   comment# 16   - Kadie · Cayman Islands · Jun 12, 2007 @ 2:34pm

Most of these animal activists have never seen a shark in the wild. Underwater, a bull shark 6 feet or more really gets your attention real fast. Eye to eye with a bull, these activists would poop in their pants. The truth is, that after an extended fight with a rod and reel, the shark would have never recovered from exhaustion or oxygen depraviation. Then you have 2 choices, cut him loose and let him die and he sinks to the bottom (makes you feel good but the shark dies), or salvage a souvenir for your efforts (makes you feel good but the shark dies).
   comment# 17   - Doug · Moore, S.C. · Jun 14, 2007 @ 7:50pm

AND they didn't kill it for nothing, it was fun!Probably one of the most exiting things you could ever do, a 9FT big bull shark AWESOME! Keeping the jaws is a bonus. wished they would have ate it though, shark is good if you don't think so you probably haven't had it cooked right.Mullets
   comment# 18   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 16, 2007 @ 10:02pm

I live close to where that shark was caught. I am a diver and fisherman in the area. I generally only keep what i eat and don't like to kill for sport. But, one less bull shark in the water is just fine with me. More power to these guys. Bull shark attacks have the highest mortality rate of any species of shark because they are teritorial and vicious. The fewer of them the better.
   comment# 19   - eric · pinellas county, florida · Jun 21, 2007 @ 12:55pm

The thought of killing the shark for his jaws says something about the puke who thinks this was some macho achievment.I would bet he has animals stuffed at his house. Tonight when I say my prayers he's included that the next time he goes out for the big Fishing trip I pray to god the boat sinks and Mr Macho is meat like the poor shark.
   comment# 20   - Richard · Sandiego, Ca · Jun 22, 2007 @ 12:06am

Richard(san diego) is another fine example of a bio fanatical extremist who would rather see a human die then a bull shark. And what a HYP, ACTUALLY MAKING A COMMENT ABOUT PRAYING TO GOD FOR THE DEATH OF A FISHERMAN. Thats just one of the problems real people that fish and hunt and contribute to conservation have with their efforts. No one even considers the real issues when you have whackos involved.
   comment# 21   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 22, 2007 @ 3:40pm

what a shame! it was so beautiful. you just had to kill it. you're messed up mr. maloney!
   comment# 22   - chris milhouse · columbia,sc · Jun 27, 2007 @ 2:37pm

Good show mate! These nasty Bulls put up a bully of a fight but are worth the work. All you nillies shedden tears over this bull are certainly couch lizards or dont know what your gabbin about. Theres no need for alarm theres plenty of them down here if you want some up in your area.
   comment# 23   - Captain Ron · South Padre Island, Texas · Jun 27, 2007 @ 10:04pm

That's the food chain for you. Ultimately, it's not a huge loss for the ecosystem. There are actually several positive aspects for killing such a creature. Definitely would make an impressive jaw mount.
   comment# 24   - Randy Tracerby · London, TX · Jul 31, 2007 @ 2:53pm

All I have to say to you goofy people, that are getting there panties in an UPROAR! Did u even read what Robert Rolin said?? i rest my case! Nothing more 2 say! Except, you are right, fellow TEXAN! You are right!!
   comment# 25   - chandra · lake jackson,TX! · Aug 1, 2007 @ 8:53pm

   comment# 26   - MIKE · SULPHUR, LA. · Aug 2, 2007 @ 5:21pm

Did any of you tree huggers shed a single tear for Jaimie Daigle when one of these monsters murdered her in 2000 on a fl. beach. PRAY ABOUT THAT.
   comment# 27   - SURFER · FT. WALTON BEACH, FL. · Aug 2, 2007 @ 5:32pm

sounds tasty. I bet it went down hard. Fun catch though. Sharks are very dangerous...not to say they should be eliminated, but I'm glad they are definitely "monitored". And when done right- they taste succulent!!!
   comment# 28   - jack ingram · houston, tx · Aug 15, 2007 @ 2:02pm

bull sharks, tiger sharks, great white sharks all should be caught and made into fillets served with a salad and red wine...
   comment# 29   - tony c · oxnard,ca · Sep 10, 2007 @ 8:42pm

Shark should be served with a Chardonnay or a white Zimphendell Tony, you need to check your facts!
   comment# 30   - paul · Maryland USA · Oct 16, 2007 @ 7:58am

You guys are AWFUL, do you realize to what extent the wrongness of this. You shouldnt have hurt the poor thing. Imagine you being a shark taken out of your Natural surrounding just to be left there for dead, suffering, all for a stupid sentimental set of jaws. Its just screwed up. i could understand if you caught the thing and let it go, but you guys just let it sit their on a dock.. gasping for air. i hope you guys feel awful.
   comment# 31   - amanda bailey · Benicia · Aug 21, 2008 @ 2:13pm

"Thadeus Kubinski, 69, was killed on August 30, 2000 by a Bull Shark while swimming in Pinellas County, Florida. Witnesses said Kubinski had just jumped into the water for a swim from a dock near his his home when the the 9 feet long sharksped toward him with its dorsal fin out of the water and attacked. Kubinski died from massive blood loss and organ damage." Perhaps it was this shark. His widow will likely shed no tears for the bull killed in this case. They are vicious maneaters, to be avoided at all costs.
   comment# 32   - Tarpon Springs Boater · TS, Florida · Sep 21, 2008 @ 6:27am

It amazes me to read how liberal minded some of these people are. The same people who say how horrible it is to hurt an animal, are the same people who in a heartbeat will harm another person in the animals "right"....people have souls...animals do not.....besides, these same liberal minded people who say these things are the first people to scream like a 10 year old girl when these animals attack them.....I promise you that if you were in the water with a 9 foot bull shark eyeing you as a meal....your very first thought is going to be...kill it....just saying you want yourself and your kids swimming at the beach with a 9 foot bull shark? I know that I don't. I've lived at the beach my entire life. I'm a scuba diver and huge advocate for saving our seas...but get real!!! Leaving messages that you hope another person gets bite by a shark? Who is the bad person there? think about it!!!
   comment# 33   - Gage · Daytona Beach, FL · May 7, 2009 @ 1:29pm

wow what a beauty how did u find this
   comment# 34   - ammie · ca san bernardino · Feb 1, 2010 @ 8:09pm

Hey ! Its Joe from the Bronx...all you guys crying about this shark better be vegans! Because I hate when you pick and choose what animals to care about. Oh my God the poor dolphins...what about all the tunas canned everyday...Oh this poor shark..what about all the cows slaughter cant pick and choose what creatures to cry about..Care about all creatures...or shut up! and sit back and enjoy a burger. Thats right you thought it....but I said it !!!
   comment# 35   - Joey · Bronx , New York · Mar 27, 2012 @ 5:50pm
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