Florida Fisherman Lands Record 805-Pound Mako Shark on the Shores of the Gulf of Mexico (Video)

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What did you do last Tuesday night? Go to the gym? Watch a basketball game? Maybe grab a beer with a buddy? I only ask because, whatever it was you were doing, it probably wasn’t as cool as what Florida fisherman Joe Polk was doing—because Florida fisherman Joe Polk was landing a record 11-foot, 805-pound mako shark on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico.

The 29-year-old Polk hooked the monster and fought it by himself for a while before realizing he would need help. That’s when he called his cousins Ernie Polk, 43, and Kenny Peterson, 21, and an hour later they landed the giant fish.

According to the Land-Based Shark Fishing Association (which apparently is a thing), Polk’s catch set a new land-based record for mako sharks, which usually swim in the open water. The previous record was just 674 pounds…and it belonged to cousin Ernie.

Small world.

Normally Polk and his family tag and release the fish they catch. However, in this case the shark was too tired to swim after the hour-long battle, so they decided to keep it.

What do you do with an 805-pound shark? Well, in Florida, apparently, you cut it up and invite the entire neighbourhood to an epic fish fry. Because that’s what Polk did.

Oh, and in case you were wondering where Polk caught the fish, he aint tellin’. He says it’s a secret handed down from his father and one that he plans to pass on to his kids.

So if you want to beat this record, you’ll have to find your own fishin’ hole.

Hat Tip – [Daily News]

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