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Teen Shark Catch on Long Beach Island Is Whopping 200 Pounds

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By    |   Thursday, 28 Jul 2016 12:40 PM

A Long Beach Island fishing trip yielded a surprise catch for 13-year-old Gianni Mandile: a 200-pound shark.

"To set a hook in a fish and reel it in is an accomplishment, but to do something at this size, this age and that big," Gianni's father, Joe Mandile, told WABC-TV.

When Gianni hooked the sand tiger shark, his father told him it was probably a stingray, but Gianni, who has been fishing since age 3, knew better.

"I didn't expect to catch something that big," 13-year-old Gianni told WABC-TV. "Because other people have caught those types of fish but usually at night, so I wasn't expecting to catch it in the middle of the day."

Fishermen occasionally reel in sharks at Long Island Beech, but catching one this big is a rare feat, WABC-TV said.

Last month, Rutgers University Marine Field Station director Ken Able told NJTV that the New Jersey coast could see a record number of sharks this year.

"We are experiencing warmer temperatures than normal in the last several years and this probably allows for more sharks to move a little bit further north than they normally would," Able said.

WABC-TV posted a video of the catch on Facebook.



The post drew thousands of shares and hundreds of comments.

One Facebook user posted, "Good thing they dragged it out of its home and made it suffer for a bit while they took some selfies before releasing it. People disappoint me every single day..."

Her comment drew numerous responses ranging from agreement to criticism.

"I don't think they were shark fishing," replied another commenter. "it was an unusual catch. Nothing wrong with taking a few pics. You need a chill pill."

Yet another user posted a photo of an eight-foot sand tiger shark, saying, "I fish for these big sharks every night. It's been a great week for me so far with a shark being caught each night."

Others expressed concerns about the safety of swimmers in the area.

"Hate when people fish on the beach next to swimmers. Puts everyone at risk... Charter a fishing boat for Gods sake!" said one concerned commenter.

Some Twitter users also weighed in on the catch.



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