Fla. fishermen snag giant shark - FOX 35 News Orlando

Fla. fishermen snag giant shark

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MILTON, Fla. (FOX 13) - This is the one that didn't get away.

A pair of Florida fishermen reportedly pulled in an 11-foot, 805 pound shark from the Gulf of Mexico.

The story went viral after someone spotted the fishermen at a gas station. The shark was in the back of a pickup truck. It was posted on social media and quickly spread.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that the men are cousins, Earnie and Joey Polk. They spent about an hour wrestling the beast last Tuesday.

The shark is a Mako – one of the fastest on earth. Alarmingly, the men caught the shark while standing on the shore. They say it was only a few hundred feet from where they were standing.

The catch may be a new world record for land-based shark finishing. Interestingly, the old record was held by Earnie, and many in north Florida want to know his secret spot.

But the Polks don't want to give away their special spot for fishing, so they haven't disclosed the exact location. In fact, they said they were hoping to keep the catch relatively under wraps.

That didn't go as planned.

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