Mako Shark Breaks Record at 805 Pounds, Then Ends Up Barbecued

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 10:04 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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A Florida man who hooked a record-breaking 805-pound mako shark last week celebrated by barbecuing the beast and serving it to his community of more than 200 people.

Joey Polk, 29, of Milton, Fla., and his cousin Earnie reeled in the 11-foot-long mako shark off the Florida Panhandle April 15 and have submitted the animal's monstrous measurements to the International Land-Based Shark Fishing Association, the New York Daily News reported.

Polk, who also holds the world record for largest tiger shark ever caught, said he struggled with the mako for about an hour before reeling it in.

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"[The shark] was pulling line out of my reel at easily 60 miles and hour. We call that 'smokin' the drag' round here," he told reporters. "[The reel] has 60 pounds of drag on it, it's amazing that these fish can pull it out. When I saw it, I knew it was a big fish. I've been fishing since I was a little kid, but I thought it was maybe 700 pounds or so, then when we weighed it, it came in at 805! It was amazing."

Polk said he and his cousin were originally going to cut the mako shark loose, but the animal appeared exhausted.

"We tried to revive the fish and send him back out, but he was too worn out to swim," Polk told the Daily News. "That's why we decided to keep him. We don't do it for the money, for the publicity, just to catch the fish."

They instead used a family recipe to barbecue the mako meat and serve a feast to their small-town community.

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