Teen Fishermen Catch 1,000-lb Great White Shark

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A group of high-school baseball players landed a rare and impressive catch while fishing in South Florida on Tuesday. The young men reeled in a half-ton great white shark, according to WSVN-TV.

The teens, members of the Wildcats baseball team from Dunwoody High School in Dunwoody, Ga., were in Florida for a game, but were looking for something to do to in the morning before they had to play. Their parents chartered a boat for the kids to go fishing.

"I wasn't expecting too much, to be honest," Logan Elliot told WSVN. But Elliot got more than he bargained for.

The young men eventually hooked a nearly 1,000-pound great white shark, beginning a two-hour-long struggle to reel in the monster fish. Logan Elliot, his brother Tanner, and teammates Harry Andros and Josh Shailer each took turns manning the rod.

"No one knew what it was until we got it to the boat," said Capt. Taco Perez, who owns Hooked Up, the Fort Lauderdale charter boat the young men had hired. Capt. Greg McCauley of Hooked Up thought it was a bull shark. It wasn't until they had the fish close to the boat that everyone realized it was a great white.

"I've been fishing here since 1969 and Greg and I saw one three years ago," Capt. Perez told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "It's so darn uncommon. We're pretty excited about it."

For a great white to be in the area is indeed uncommon, but shark researcher Sherry Tellman told WSVN that the sharks are "
actually highly migratory," and that while their appearance is "very occasional," it's not unheard of.

"I don't think they really understood the magnitude of what had just happened," said Capt. Perez about the boys. "They were kind of in shock, and it was such a big fish. They didn't really understand how rare that is."

Great white sharks are endangered, so the teens and the crew of the Hooked Up let their shark go after they reeled it in. But setting the fish free didn't lessen the impact of the catch for the boys.

"It was a great experience," Logan Elliot said. "When I go fishing again, I won't be as excited the way I was today. That's for sure."


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July 11 2013 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Having fished a great many years, you really have no control over what's going to latch on. Secondly it mentioned right in the article that they weren't even aware of what they caught until they got it to the boat. I don't think the shark is going to need therapy; I do believe it will go on to make a full recovery....I don't like to see any creature harmed, but that definitely had to be a Kodak moment for those kids, who had enough respect to release it back into the ocean.

April 17 2013 at 3:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that's pretty cool.

April 12 2013 at 6:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not really something to be proud of. Id like to see that guy leaning in for pictures at the end get in a kayak and hook that shark. He would **** his pants. Real easy when you have a metal cable attached to a boat. Great whites are not sport fish and should never be caught.

April 12 2013 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To: dg3184, Ryan, and any other "experts" out there.

Speaking of getting the "facts straight", try doing some research before running your own mouths.
Great white sharks are known as "obligate ram breathers" and must keep swimming at all times - or they will die.

This shark is dying.

It is too exhausted to swim and will likely drown, as your hero onlookers gloat over their conquest !

April 12 2013 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to SEAN's comment

Oh well.

April 12 2013 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for the info Sean. I've known for a number of years that most sharks if not all of them do not have the ability to pump water over their gills like other fish do. However, they can remain stationary if they position themselves in a current correctly.
I can honestly say I don't have a lot of "love loss" for a dead Great White, mainly because there are only 3 things they do, Kill, Eat, and Reproduce. They serve no real purpose except to keep the seal herds in check, and thin out the human beach goers, and surfers. They are biological killing machines. I must say though that, even at that I do not want to see them slaughtered indiscriminately (murdered).
A person would have to be an idiot to go fishing for Great Whites, what to you do if you hook into a 2 ton one? Better yet, what will you do when you reel him in?? They are out there, and they are getting bolder every year. They are now patrolling the coasts of the U.S., because they have learned what times of the year humans will be in the water, much like they know when the seal herds will be "calving" in certain areas. That's what they do.

June 13 2013 at 2:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


April 12 2013 at 10:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to lovesjc13's comment

Whats sad?? Its a freakin idiot fish. Who cares. Save your sadness for something real.

April 12 2013 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to flaviation's comment

All sea creatures have a place in the watery ecosystem and for one to be over fished or otherwise destroyed upsets that delicate balance. Fish aren't idiots - they survive on instinct.
Perhaps a little marine biology should be in your future, Flaviation.

July 11 2013 at 2:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

This shark is clearly exhausted and gasping for air.
Great Whites need to be in constant motion in order to breathe.
As the sharks swim, water goes into their mouths, over their gills, and out their gill slits. This movement of water allows the great white sharks to breath oxygen from the water.
There is good reason to doubt whether or not it survived this ordeal.
Most unfortunate.

April 12 2013 at 10:34 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Someone should catch those kids, and stick a hook in them. Just realease them later and everything is good.

April 12 2013 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For all of you people who know nothing about sharks and fish but yet still put your 2 sense in. The shark is just tired from fighting for 2 hours. People should get their facts straight before they run there mouth.

April 12 2013 at 10:14 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to dg3184's comment

You are so right, these people spewing nonsense wouldn't know an adipose fin from a dorsal fin. I'd be tired too if I was running away from someone for two hours, but that doesn't mean I'd be dead.

April 12 2013 at 11:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom P

That shark looked as dead as a door knob, so just what did they "release" ?

April 12 2013 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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