MILTON, Fla. - A Florida fisherman made the catch of a lifetime: an 805-pound, 11-foot shark!
Joey Polk reeled in the massive mako shark April 15 with the help of his cousins Earnie Polk and Kenny Peterson.
"It's unbelievable. There are people in their lifetime that will never know that type of excitement," said Polk.
Despite the big catch, Polk said he’d like to keep a low profile. Someone snapped a picture of him at the gas station with the shark in the back of his truck. From there, the picture went viral.
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He said he and his family don't want people trying to ban land-based shark fishing and they don't want to scare off tourists with the impression that the Gulf of Mexico is full of sharks.
"We just want to save our sport. The more people that know about it, the more people that crowd our beach, with hundreds of people swimming. That's not what we want," said Joey Polk.
Most of their sharks don't come home in a pickup truck or end up in pieces for dinner. The Polks say the fish they catch normally get a tag.
"Probably 95 percent catch and release. We do keep a lot of what won't swim off sometimes," said Earnie Polk.