300-Pound Shark Jumps Into Fishermen's Boat

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Sometimes fishermen struggle for hours to reel in a shark they've hooked, but sometimes the shark just jumps right into the boat. That's literally what happened to anglers Tom Rostron and Clint Simek, according to the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press.

Rostron and Simek weren't expecting a big haul when they brought their boat on the water last Tuesday. "It's real early in the season for sharks. Usually you don't go shark fishing with only two guys in a boat," Rostron said.

Instead, the pair were simply on a scouting trip, checking out fishing spots in preparation for a couple of upcoming fishing tournaments. "Clint and I wanted to pre-fish the tournaments," Rostron said. "We had no intentions of boating the biggest fish we ever have."

An aggressive, 303-pound, 8-foot-4-inch mako shark apparently was unaware of the fishermen's intentions, giving them a big surprise when it back-flipped right into their boat. Mako sharks are known for jumping, and this particular mako leaped out of the water at the boat four times before it finally landed inside on its fifth jump.

The toothy fish wasn't simply a free gift from the ocean, however. It cost Rostron and Simek some significant damage to their vessel. The shark stayed alive for two hours, and not without putting up a fight, destroying broom sticks, cushions, speakers and parts of the boat itself with its thrashing tail and its mouth. "He just chomped it all up," Rostron said, adding that they were lucky not to have had a third person aboard, because in that case the shark very well might have killed one of them.

"It was epic," said Simek.


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I wonder what he did with meat. It seems to me that he is happy just with this image.

June 11 2013 at 12:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A FISH STORY!!!!!!!!!!

June 10 2013 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this is so cool!

June 10 2013 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

this sounds like a dave patterson story

June 10 2013 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Story kind of hard to believe...why is it's mouth so bloody?

June 10 2013 at 7:27 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

What's wrong with these fishermen? Why are they catching sharks? Why didn't they just throw it back in? They disgust me.

June 10 2013 at 7:24 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to RJM's comment

the one that didn't get away

June 10 2013 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Man!! Talk about increasing your pucker factor. That would surely do it.

June 10 2013 at 5:48 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

no sharks were harmed in the filming of this video.

June 10 2013 at 5:08 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I like to cut off their dorsal fin and release them. Its very humane.

June 10 2013 at 4:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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