Six-year-old boy catches a great white shark while fishing off the coast of Cape Cod

Posted at 9:49 AM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 09:49:56-04

EASTHAM, Mass. (AP) — "We're going to need a bigger boat."

That's what Lars White told his 6-year-old son, Blake, after the boy hooked a great white shark while fishing Saturday off Cape Cod.

The Houston resident told the Cape Cod Times that the 10- to 12-foot-long shark swam into the hook and spent an hour and a half trying to free itself. When the shark finally surfaced, White's wife took some photos and then the family cut the fishing line to free it.

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State shark scientist Gregory Skomal confirmed Blake had caught a great white.

Great white sharks have been spotted in increasing numbers in recent years around Cape Cod.

Blake says he wants to go fishing again and "catch something a little bit smaller."