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Again: Florida Fisherman Bucky Dennis Reels In 'Record' 1,000-Pound Hammerhead Shark

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BOCA GRANDE, Florida -- A Florida fisherman may have set a world record when he reeled in a massive 1,000-plus pound shark off the Florida coast.

Bucky Dennis of Port Charlotte in southwest Florida caught the hammerhead in Boca Grande, near Tampa, Tuesday morning.

Amazingly, he managed to reel in the 1,060-pound shark all by himself.

Dennis has three months to send paperwork to the International Game Fish Association in order to determine if the hammerhead is really a record breaker.

In May, 2006, Dennis caught a world-record 14.5-foot, 1,262, hammerhead shark in the same area.

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What a dumb redneck. Unfortunately, this state is full of em.
   comment# 1   - Bush · captiva fl · May 7, 2009 @ 12:25pm

Stop catching hammerheads. Especially the big, older sharks who are irreplaceable. Shark numbers are dropping precipitously and it is hurting the reef overall. Stop!!!
   comment# 2   - Lady Diver · Falls Church, VA · May 7, 2009 @ 5:36pm

The human race at its best. All for someone to say that they caught the "record breaker". Is it correct that you are not going to even use any part of that shark? What a waste in so many ways. This is pathetic...
   comment# 3   - Vergy · Hobe Sound, FL · May 8, 2009 @ 4:46am

What an less than intelligent person! Shame on you for pulling these creatures out of the sea! You disgust me! The fact that this is newsworthy and is being publicised is even more shocking!
   comment# 4   - Gabby · JHB South Africa · May 8, 2009 @ 4:49am

I don't know what to say - perhaps sickened is the right word. It must be time to legally protect sharks? Surely this is just plain wrong?
   comment# 5   - Blue Planet Society · London · May 8, 2009 @ 5:25am

you guys are ALL HYPOCRITES - this guy has donated so many things to Mote Marine for further studies, the last I heard hammerheads are NO WHERE NEAR being extinct - you should worry more about all of the world's other problems & not bash a guy that does this as a living (fishing guide) & admit it guys, you are just jealous this was not YOUR catch to tell about. Get the facts straight before you throw your opinions out there!!!!
   comment# 6   - Nancy · Port Charlotte, Florida · May 8, 2009 @ 5:48am

I think this was amazing & show what is out here swimming. Why is this fisherman cathcing such flack?? We have far worse problems in this world.
   comment# 7   - Ken · Boca Grande, Florida · May 8, 2009 @ 5:51am

Stop catching and killing sharks period. What a waste of a perfectly good life. So sad to find that some people get satisfaction out of this type of thing. Now you have your fame for destroying life, what are you going to do with the fish, dump it back in the sea; dead?
   comment# 8   - Kurt · Sterling, Va. · May 8, 2009 @ 6:21am

awesome catch!!!!!!!!!! The rest are all jealous!!
   comment# 9   - Jim Kershaw · Port Charlotte - Florida · May 8, 2009 @ 7:28am

Well done Bucky,i'm heading to Boca Grande in a few weeks hope i catch one just as big
   comment# 10   - steve · united kingdom · May 8, 2009 @ 7:53am

you go dennis! only good shark is a dead shark - can't tell you how many times my old boat has broken down so i just jump in the water with a line tied around my belly and start a swimmin' back to shore - i've even had to take a break from a swimmin' to beat them back to the depths they came from - dennis is the man!
   comment# 11   - bubba · sarasota · May 8, 2009 @ 7:56am

How many pups were in this one Mr. Dennis? This is likely a 40+-year-old female, which can have as many as 50 or more pups inside of her. She looks obviously pregnant in all the photos. These females are the most important individuals in the population, especially when populations are so depleted as they are now. I hope you retire your rod and reel soon for the sake of our gamefish populations. If you had released this fish, you would have the memory of it alive and swimming away; that would have been a much nicer trophy and your friends would probably admire you a lot more.
   comment# 12   - Mercy · Olympia, WA · May 8, 2009 @ 8:03am

What a piece of crap. I wish you'd stop giving this guy any attention at all. He is no better than the indiscriminate buffalo hunters of the 19th century. Trophy hunting/fishing needs to be extinct.
   comment# 13   - Jason · Louisville, KY · May 8, 2009 @ 9:22am

Great, what a hero. Wish the fish won. Now that's at least two (that we know of) magnificent fish this less than intelligent person has killed.
   comment# 14   - Bill · Tampa · May 8, 2009 @ 9:51am

Nice one Dennis you really are a big man aren't you. How about a tiger shoot next or perhaps a rhino rumble ? Good god people on this planet really sicken me at times.
   comment# 15   - Paul · Reading, UK · May 8, 2009 @ 2:34pm

What a waste life.too bad the shark eat Dennis .that would be an interesting story .all you people who think this a positive thing need to check out the movie SHARKWATER.educate yourselves
   comment# 16   - paul s · toronto canada · May 8, 2009 @ 7:27pm

You in the media that give this guy any attention are just as bad as the redneck himself. Shark populations have fallen 90% in the past couple decades, and you are glorifying it by putting it all over the news. Hope your real proud of yourselves.
   comment# 17   - Dan · US Army · May 9, 2009 @ 2:52am

Nancy...maybe YOU should get the facts straight!! You're the classic example of an less than intelligent person who doesn't know what she's talking about....our sharks are being destroyed which in turn is going to upset the ecosystem and completely ruin the oceans. Try doing a little research yourself before you throw YOUR opinions out there. Nothing irritates me more than someone like you who only THINKS you know what is right and what is wrong. This is TOTALLY Wrong!!! Try a little education woman!!
   comment# 18   - Laney · Spring Hill, USA · May 9, 2009 @ 5:14am

Why does everyone in florida becomes a DUMB REDNECK just because he catches a big fish. This man is a fishing guide it's how he makes his living and you know nothing about him.. Yet you people from across this country can insult & ridicule this man for it. What happen to "Those without sin cast the first stone". Does anybody know what they're going to catch whenever they drop a line in the water? I'm seeing comments by people who's only contact with sharks or the ocean is what they see on the Discovery channel. This man probable has more knowledge & understanding of these animals that any of you possible could. I'm sure that his intention was not to go out a kill it but it happened. At least he didn't CUT IT'S FINS OFF FOR SOUP then throw the rest away. Those are the people that you should be focusing your anger at, not this guy! Get off your Causes and give the man a break. PS: How many of you are the same people that come down here in the winter and Hire this guy for charter just so you can "Catch The Big One"
   comment# 19   - Tom · Port Charlotte, Florida · May 9, 2009 @ 7:48am

Awesome catch Bucky. It is a shame all these people are crying about someone catching a shark. All the bad things going on in the world and these people are worried about a shark. People have fished since the beginning of time and we still have sharks, only an less than intelligent person would be upset about this.
   comment# 20   - Philip S · Sweetwater TN · May 9, 2009 @ 10:41am

You guys have no clue what is swiming in Boca Grande Pass. A couple of sharks cought there will never make a difference, there are to many. And anyone calling this guy a redneck really have no clue. The Yankees that have moved down to Boca Grande have done more harm than bring in a few sharks.
   comment# 21   - Rubie · Madisonville, TN · May 9, 2009 @ 10:59am

congrats to for providing this forum for readers to express their feelings towards this catch. Its a good read to try and understand both points of view. Only this can bring about real change in this way or another.
   comment# 22   - davey mitchell · madoc.ont canada · May 9, 2009 @ 1:42pm

I am just curious, since we have a number of people who are in favor of killing the shark. Could you say why exactly?
   comment# 23   - Tony · Jacksonville, FL USA · May 10, 2009 @ 1:41am

Yeah, I can see it now; All the pissers and moaners post angrily then go to Publix for seafood.
   comment# 24   - Paige · Punta Gorda · May 10, 2009 @ 5:06am

Well, I thought his name was familiar. I think he is the one who caught a PREGNANT female. He donated it to Mote, but... Being a man means more than all this. His name says it all.
   comment# 25   - Jennifer Sunday · Saint Pete · May 10, 2009 @ 7:46am

All the bad things going on in the world and these people are worried about a shark. - Philip S Sweetwater TN Yes I am worried, Great Hammerheads are very rare creatures and even pulling one breeding specimen out will have a huge impact on the area for years to come. This was a creature that had survived unmolested for over 40 years. Personally I don't give a f*** about swine flu, Somalia or the war in Iraq but I do care passionately about over fishing and especially the killing of sharks. I travel all over the world trying to dive with these creatures and they are getting rarer and rarer, once they are gone they are gone. All in the name of sport, disgusting ! Catch & release is the only way forward.
   comment# 26   - Paul · Reading, UK · May 11, 2009 @ 7:19am

To all those great white hunters out there who made comments to the effect of 'great catch, BBQ it with the rest, catching one fish like this will not bring the shark population to it's knees, we have been killing sharks for centuries" etc You are sadly ignorant. It is exactly this type of fishing that contributes to putting an end to shark populations world wide by setting a terrible example to our children, that and the unabashed shark finning that goes on around the world. 100 million sharks finned each year! Go see the movie 'Sharkwater'. By catching and killing the largest of any species you are denegrating the gene pool. The eventual effect of consistantly killing the largest of any species is called Darwinian degredation, you are taking out of the gene pool the healthiest and strongest of the species. Grow up guys you don't need to kill the largest of anything to prove that we are the top dog species. It is not intelligent to kill anything for 'fun' it is pathetic, wasteful and ignorant as well as bad karma. We are not hunter gatherers anymore.
   comment# 27   - nereus · Taiwan · May 11, 2009 @ 10:22am

I will say this, not only am i disgusted with Mr. Dennis and his actions, but the media coverage of this event (and this moron) are equally disturbing. The coverage that was given to this event only went to inflate the ego of Mr. Dennis and perpetuiate this type of behavior. It was not enough for this man to have killed a large (record setting) specimen a few years ago along with 55 of its unborn pups, but he had to go and do it again. In my opinion Mr. Dennis is a murderer, and something should be done about him. But the media, should also be ashamed. How can any real news outlet publish a report on this event and not give at least the same amount of space to educate people on the real nature of these animals. Teach people that they are not big, evil monsters, luking offshore waiting for them and their children to enter the water. But that they are shy, timid creatures that would rather run from us than interact. Maybe, there would be no more Bucky's. (Shock over Substance)
   comment# 28   - Chris Bradnam · Ontario, Canada · May 11, 2009 @ 11:34am

It is incredibly sad and very wasteful to kill it and then not make use of the meat. What was the point? Sharks are so important to the oceans and the food chain was it really becessary to kill it?
   comment# 29   - Dominique · UK · May 11, 2009 @ 1:50pm

My team practices tag and release. You get to catch big sharks without killing them. Try it out some time. Anyone can catch a shark and kill it but the real challenge is catching it, getting the hook out (we also tag our sharks) and pushing it off to revive it if necessary. You can say that this “guide” does this for a living so we should stop picking on him, but just because he does it for a living makes it right? Whose morality is screwed up there?
   comment# 30   - Jeremy · St. Simons Island, Georgia · May 11, 2009 @ 2:11pm

Every fisherman in Florida should be embarrassed that this is still allowed to happen. Bucky, its not 1974. Shame on you. Again.
   comment# 31   - Michael S · Great State of Texas · May 13, 2009 @ 9:40am

"The Yankees that have moved down to Boca Grande have done more harm than bring in a few sharks." That's the truth. Clean up the south, buy a yankee a bus ticket.
   comment# 32   - John · Tampa · May 13, 2009 @ 2:59pm

To Loser Laney - my facts & opinions are right; I figure you to be the typical GED (??...well maybe not) high school drop-out that learns all of her "knowledge" from the discovery channel. As for me being less than intelligent,I have a BA in psychology & am married to a marine biologist. So say what you want or think however you may. The last time I checked it is our right to give/THROW our opinions on any matter. Just like you previously & w/o much class did to me. Sounds to me someone needs to get a sound quite near a typical emotional breakdown & I would suggest anger management before you try to save the world & the ecosystem.
   comment# 33   - Nancy · Boca GRande, FL · May 17, 2009 @ 10:31am

I'm not one of those people that Mr. Dennis reportedly says, "want to save the world." I would just like to have him appreciate the fact that trophy hunters like him I dismiss as a bunch of ego maniacs who get their kicks killing (pregnant) top predators of the oceans. He doesn't care that their are repurcussions of his actions on the oceasn (or to his livelihood). He is just another selfish miscreant. A buffoon. raping the seas of a pregnant top predator of the ocean.
   comment# 34   - Raquelle Alexander, MD · St. Petersburg, Florida · May 18, 2009 @ 6:33am

I agree - you people need to worry more about world & economic issues than some fisherman that catches "the big one" - fishing is a sport & this is so stupid that people are sticking up for some shark that can not even be had as a pet.
   comment# 35   - Steve B. · Sarasota, FL · May 18, 2009 @ 7:00am

I knew Bucky Dennis in high school & personally know what a nice guy he was & want to say congrats!! He was an awesome fisherman then as he still is now!! It's refreshing to see someone living out loud & doing something he enjoys. To all you Bucky bashers = YOURE JUST JEALOUS!! Peace out Buck - hope to see you again one of these days!! Ryan M.
   comment# 36   - Ryan M. · Fort Myers, FLA · May 18, 2009 @ 7:07am

I need this guy's number to go on a guide. Great catch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 37   - Bill Edwards · Punta Gorda, FL · May 18, 2009 @ 7:09am

This is pathetic. I bet you feel like a real man right now... Heck yeah I killed that dumb fish, I am so much smarter than he is.... You DONKEY
   comment# 38   - Big Jim · Palmetto, Fl · May 18, 2009 @ 1:06pm

I think you ALL need to get a life & stop worrying about "trophy hunters" & the need to feel like a "real man"" BIG JIM (who most likely is a shortie!) If you call someone a "donkey" then YOU must be the REDNECK!!!!!!!!!!
   comment# 39   - Mary · Port Charlotte, FL · May 19, 2009 @ 5:01am

Cut the guy some slack & focus your intents on world hunger, real rape victims (how in the heck would you know a shark is even pregnant...COME ON!) & all the abused children in the world. If you swam w/ this big sucker do you think it would save you? Yeah right. Get a life all you opinionated haters.
   comment# 40   - Todd · Sarasota, Fla · May 19, 2009 @ 5:04am

I suppose all of you guys that are "real men" would just catch & release this beast....I'll bet none of you could even pull her in. I'd also bet you guys drive big trucks to make up for what you are lacking-get a life all of you wanna-be world savers & voice off on matters that make a difference. You all make me SICK.
   comment# 41   - David · Punta Gorda, FL · May 19, 2009 @ 5:08am

I suppose all of you guys that are "real men" would just catch & release this beast....I'll bet none of you could even pull her in. I'd also bet you guys drive big trucks to make up for what you are lacking-get a life all of you wanna-be world savers & voice off on matters that make a difference. You all make me SICK.
   comment# 42   - David · Punta Gorda, FL · May 19, 2009 @ 5:08am

I'd rather Capt. Dennis catch this jaws than it catch any of my kids....shame on all of you that think so twisted & blame a guy that donates these sharks to Mote Marine so we can learn more about them. These comments are a joke & I agree people should worry more about people & each other than animals!! People getting murdered everyday is the real crime.
   comment# 43   - Lisa P. · North Port, FLA · May 19, 2009 @ 5:11am

this is my uncle bucky i dont want any buddy talking about him i think it was very nice for him to donate sharks from athena
   comment# 44   - athena · Boca GRand · May 19, 2009 @ 5:22am

   comment# 45   - Stacey Lock · Port Charlotte, FL · May 19, 2009 @ 6:27am

Pick up a book or magazine if you can read and educate yourself on the depleting shark population in our seas. Congratulations you managed to murder 2 pregnant female Great Hammerhead sharks for your own selfish needs.Ignorence is no excuse. This person should be fined heavily of jailed. You are a cancer of the earth.
   comment# 46   - L Shackelford · west palm beach · May 19, 2009 @ 4:54pm

Wow, nice catch...As far as all these panty sniffin bed wetters. Go tell the Japs to stop finning sharks and killing hump backs. Tell the Russians to put limits on their ozone emissions and tell the Turks to quit buying and burying radioactive waste.. My point is let a man catch a damn fish every now and then. He just happened to catch the biggest one in the world (props). As a Diver and Member of Project Aware (reef protection organization) Buck was well within his rights both legally and ethically to haul in this fish. Takes a lot off skill and stamina to pull this aboard. Got video?
   comment# 47   - NEIL DEWIS · ATLANTA, GA · May 20, 2009 @ 4:50pm

Do not believe everything you read. Many enviromental groups are dead wrong and create crisis situations for huge donations. Many of our fish population and marine mammal populations are very healthy. Were are some of the most regulated fishemen in the world.
   comment# 48   - Chuck · east hampton ny · May 20, 2009 @ 7:02pm

To the person who said that hammerhead sharks are noT endangered, you're right! But they are on the verge of becoming endangered. I am terrified of sharks to the point where I don't even go in the water, but they are still a part of this ecosytem and they deserve to be left alone. After all, they have been around since the dinosaurs. Shouldn't it be our responsibilty to make sure we keep these "prehistoric" creatures ALIVE?
   comment# 49   - Karen · Pensacola · May 24, 2009 @ 9:44am

Yes, you call this guy a murderer. Well what about men that kills other real people or children. They are the true murderers; not a fisherman. Some of you sick people value a sharks life over humans - you are all what is wrong in this world - not Capt. Dennis.
   comment# 50   - Debbie · U.S.A. · May 24, 2009 @ 2:12pm

I think all you are stupid that are saying how bad this guy is. You must be jealous that this wasn't your catch to tell everyone about. And not everyone who fishes is a redneck. You people are stupid
   comment# 51   - Ashley Merola · Cape Coral FL · May 29, 2009 @ 6:09am

You are killer man!!For me is terrible what you make with sharks!! You are so stupid man!!
   comment# 52   - Dea · Brazil · Jul 19, 2009 @ 9:14am

You're right Ashley; we're stupid and jealous. Mr. Dennis has caught some great great hammerheads. Maybe he's realized that releasing fish can also be liberating to the angler. Many fisherman have released what would certainly have been IGFA records. I've released a line class record tarpon and an all tackle record ladyfish and am glad that I did. What we do to fish is tough enough on them, at least let them go so they can swim around and make baby fish. They didn't pick the fights, they fight for their lives, let them win.
   comment# 53   - Bill · USA · Nov 2, 2009 @ 8:45am

   comment# 54   - Sarah · Middleburg, FL · Feb 1, 2010 @ 12:33am

I belive the Japaness finning ships & pollution have more to do with the depleation of sharks,than one man and his fishing rod.& I have booked trips with captian Dennis . We caught & released 3 sharks (unharmed) I would like to book a trip the 2nd week of march .perhaps,you save the world types should stop driving you cars or give up bottled water! (plastic kills)
   comment# 55   - Don · Hayesville N.Carolina · Feb 9, 2010 @ 10:36am

All you bleeding heart liberals need to move on and worry about something you "can" have some control over. Go worry about passing socialized health care and leave the sharks and other wild game to us rednecks. It's an animal people!!!! Get over it!!! You act like Bucky snuck into your house and took your first born child.
   comment# 56   - Trev · Elk River, MN · Feb 17, 2010 @ 7:39pm

He was catching for his plate until the bonus catch came in with a record . Round of aplause GOOD ON YA ''BULA'.Should a been there to fillet it for curry surua 4 our meal.
   comment# 57   - Frank Pirie · fiji islands · Mar 3, 2010 @ 11:39am

The typical inbreeded redneck. And some lammos here even come with "he made a donation". Give me a break!
   comment# 58   - Travis Belmont · Hawaii · Sep 30, 2010 @ 5:17pm

Why is that the most inbreeded rednecks always call "bleeding heart liberal" to anybody smarter than them?
   comment# 59   - Arthur Eiden · Cayman Islands · Sep 30, 2010 @ 6:17pm

You know what is worse than a redneck? A self-righteous pig who enjoys putting other people down to make themselves feel better because they have deep-seated insecurities. @Paul Reading, UK, you say you don't care about swine flu,Somalia or the war in Iraq yet you preach about saving the environment. Am I right in saying you value the environment more than human life? If that is the case I for one am hoping that karma pays you a visit. I'm sure you would care a great deal if you were a victim of the swine flu or if you lived in poverty and maybe even both. Don't get me wrong, what this guy did was a waste of life. Yes he caught a record breaker, props to him.It would have taken some serious balls and skills to pull off such a feat. But what he should have done was release it. To say that he is a threat to marine life would not be entirely incorrect. That's a valid arguement. Calling him a redneck however is not.
   comment# 60   - Joshua · Australia · Oct 26, 2010 @ 5:47am

nice hammerhead
   comment# 61   - jasmin · australia · Nov 10, 2010 @ 12:02am

my dad is bucky dennis and i am his daghter brooke dennis!!!!!!!
   comment# 62   - brooke · fl · Dec 21, 2010 @ 7:58pm

I wish i can meet all you nice people in person, okay hes really inbred, shut the hell up dude. He's my dad and i'm pretty sure hes not a redneck blah blah blah. His job is a guide just as you may have a job unless its bashing someone online. Did you know it's called bullying? You dumb f***s are hypocritical.I can see how you people are mad he caught an endangered shark without knowing it had pups but seriously are all the insults right? Get a damn life. you try something big, A**holes
   comment# 63   - Sloane DENNIS · Port Charlotte · Mar 13, 2011 @ 1:53am

Hi All, Firstly, the personal attacks on this guys intellect and referring to him as a red-neck does little to promote conservation. I'm an Ecologist, and I study the worlds reefs and can point out numerous issue with killing such a big shark for fun. Firstly- Sharks are the pinnacle of the reef food web. This means they keep the reef in balance. We loose them, things start to go haywire. Secondly- while there could be many of them in the region, taking a few here and there takes its toll on the population. Large long-lived sharks, may not reach maturity until they are in the their teens (sound familiar), and as such are vulnerable to the mere taking of just a few. We see it all around the world with large carnivorous fish. Look at the Nassau Grouper and Goliath Grouper. We rarely see images of massive fish any more because they have all been caught. We also effect the genetic stock by removing the large ones as those genes are critical in ensuring these large individuals still populate the ecosystem. Why do we need them? Because larger fish can produce more offspring, they are more fecund (have more reproductive output). SO lets release these big ones. A living fish is worth far more than a dead one. Imagine if that fish could be caught many times, how many customers would you please then? More than one, and there is no need to please yourself if thats' your business to make money and have people catch fish. Please think a little more about catching the
   comment# 64   - Tired of ignorance · Australia · Mar 20, 2011 @ 9:28am

Ignorance is bliss isn't it. Unfortunately for the sharks, The West Coast of Florida is not exactly known for it's rocket scientist population. The senseless killing of these large breeding female sharks has to stop TODAY. How is tricking an animal to eat something with a hook hidden inside it considered "sport" ? Great Hammerhead population numbers are down world wide by huge percentages and taking the alpha breeding females out of the colony is the WORST thing anyone could possibly do. ALL of the pups from this Huge animal were genetically pre-disposed to also be large survivors like their mother. Yes Bucky Dennis, you are aiding in the extinction of these animals, and I am not OK with this! Thankfully these fisherman are helping to cause ALL of these beautiful large species to become PROTECTED and BANNED from being caught. I found a job in the world without raping and pillaging nature. Why can't you? P.S. this is at least the second time Bucky Dennis has taken and KILLED one of these large PREGNANT female Great Hammerheads.
   comment# 65   - Barron Von Hansen · Boca Raton Florida · Apr 26, 2011 @ 7:29am

What a shame to kill such a prehistoric fish. Not to mention she was pregnant with 60 pups. This fisherman ought to be totally embarrassed to kill the fish for his own selfish record. Anyone who calls this man to fish is a coward just like him. He killed 61 fish that day and that is a selfish act. Same on this man!!M!
   comment# 66   - Patrick Dipinto · Sarasota, usa · Aug 1, 2011 @ 6:36pm

All of these people hating on u can eat a dork!! It makes me laugh how people can go and judge someone they have never met. Just wanted to get on and say good catch buddy, and let all these cry-babies know how I feel about them!
   comment# 67   - Adam Barrett · Port Charlotte, FL · Aug 3, 2011 @ 4:26pm

Sloane, sweetie, you need to work on your grammar if you want to try and disprove all the redneck/in bred comments that are getting lobbed your family's way. As you said, your dad is a guide. He obviously knows the sea very well and is extremely skilled at catching large pregnant sharks. People blessed with such skill would be much more admired if they used their skills to help ensure the survival of the species and the reefs. His public denouncement of catching such large trophy sharks would generate a lot of press and would actually contribute to the conservation of our shared natural resources. I would bet he can make just as much money as a no-kill guide, and your whole family could bask in admiration instead of loathing.
   comment# 68   - Just the truth · Jacksonville, FL · Aug 17, 2011 @ 8:07am

Since the shark was pregnant, shouldn't the weight of the baby sharks be taken off the total weight for the record books? 60 baby sharks x 6 lbs each = 360 lbs lighter catch.
   comment# 69   - Question · Jacksonville, FL · Aug 17, 2011 @ 8:16am

Oh wow, where do I even begin? First, because one likes to hunt, fish, spend time outdoors, etc, does NOT mean they're a redneck. If they live in a trailer, beat their wife, chew tobacco, retain the intelligence of a 5th grader, then maybe you can call them that. A man who's figured out how to make a living off the land is pretty god damned smart. These guides know way more about the local ecosystem an their personal effects on it, than what you think. How else would you explain their continued success, without declining numbers in fish? You have to land fish to make money, and he's made plenty of money. Second, everyone here respects the ecosystem. This is OUR backyards, and we HAVE to keep it for our children. We take every precaution necessary to ensure this. Also, you say that the trophy fisherman (which is a practice i dont agree with) is the reason for declining numbers in fish. They're called bag limits. And you get fined for not following them. Hefty fines. And FWC and the coast guard does a VERY good job in enforcing these limits. The real problems are the ones who fish for sharks for their fins, humpbacks for their blubber, etc. NOT fishing guides. We DO have the best regulation in the world. And its strictly enforced. And to say that you are not worried about the war in iraq, swine flu, etc., you are the ignorant one. That is just idiotic. You care about the ecosystem more than the human race? Really think about your stance, and your reasoning. Idiots.
   comment# 70   - Daniel Cass · Bradenton, FL · Nov 16, 2011 @ 2:39am

You know "Just the truth," you are so right, my grammar is horrible. Have a nice life always hating. You all are pathetic calling him redneck.
   comment# 71   - Sloane Dennis · Port Charlotte FL · Mar 18, 2012 @ 2:39pm

Does anyone ever realise that the majority of animal species which are extinct (as a matter of fact, a huge majority) went extinct before homo sapiens was a twinkle in Mother Nature's eye, due to entirely natural causes? We humans didn't have a thing to do with it? The easiest thing in the world is run around excoriating total strangers, especially on the anonymous internet, in order to score cheap and easy brownie points to bolster your own self-regard. If you're sincerely concerned, what do you actually DO, other than smugly spout trite phrases? Do you realise that the earth, for the most part, will continue to turn on its axis regardless of humans? At a certain point, eco-activism comes full circle as just another expression of human arrogance, which so many here seem to be concerned with-the earth can't turn without us to make it spin, though it's done so for eons. Again, recall that the majority of extinct species-more than half by far-went extinct before we were players on the globe. Nature is red in tooth and claw even without us.
   comment# 72   - Melanie · Biloxi · Aug 22, 2012 @ 1:08am

I don't know if you have got my other message but I just want to say congrats on your record... But in good sportsmanship I'm letting you know I'm coming for your record. Records are meant to be broken and I'm so pleased that you have set the bar so high. I'm 35 years old and have been fishing my whole life here on the west coast of Florida. I don't know why these people are mad at you for killing a single shark as per I know you have let many go in the past without any harm to them. It's not like you killed a whale or something or Winter the Dolphin you killed one of the top three man eaters of the sea. The only thing I will not allow when I do break the record is allow to show if it had babies inside of the fish. That's for the scientist to only care about. Your a hero in my eyes and I hope the day I do break your record you met me down at the dock and have a drink with me to celebrate not only a record but an open competition for you to go off and try to beat mine as I will try to beat yours. P.S. I am sorry to hear about all the negative things people are saying about your and your family. That you are a hillbilly redneck that deserves to die was pretty harsh when read and couldn't believe myself someone would say such a thing to a person who caught a fish. Can't wait to break it and I wish you all the best on the water. ALLEN
   comment# 73   - Allen · St. Pete ,FL · Jul 31, 2013 @ 1:41pm
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