Golf champ Jordan Spieth claimed at a Tuesday press conference that he hooked a 12-foot shark during a recent snorkeling trip in the Bahamas, but some remain skeptical of the fish story.
"We went on a trip a couple weekends ago to the Bahamas with some friends, first time I’ve ever been down there, and went out on a boat for a day and did some snorkeling and whatnot, and on the way back we threw in a couple of lines. It wasn’t even a fishing boat," he told a rapt audience at the John Deere Classic, ESPN reported
Spieth said he caught a tuna, and was wrestling to reel it in for nearly an hour when a shark struck.
"All of a sudden it just rips back down again. I almost got pulled in," he explained.
"The captain had to come in for about five minutes while a took a bathroom break, and I came back, took it back from him, so in total it was two and a half hours, and what surfaced was like a 12-foot long, 300-pound blacktip shark that had eaten this tuna and then had hooked itself."
SB Nation noted
that a 300-pound blacktip would break the current world record catch, which currently stands at 270-pounds.
So, where's the proof of this amazing catch?
Spieth, the Masters and U.S. Open champion, offered no real evidence — not even a picture.
"There was no room for the fish and dames on the back of the boat so we couldn’t pull it on, so the captain technically grabbed the line where it’s considered landing the fish, let go of it quickly, and then we let some string and it whipped the hook out," he continued. "We were just going to cut it anyways."
After taking a gander at Spieth's Instagram account, it does appear he was in the Bahamas for the Fourth of July weekend. As for the shark, who knows?
"I’m very, very much afraid of sharks. I don’t like them. They’re not cool. I do like Shark Week, though. I really enjoy Shark Week," he concluded.
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