Video shows fishermen catching a huge fish on a Florida beach, and getting a 1,200-pound surprise.
For many, catching a huge shark is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
For Blaine Kenny, this is his day job.
Kenny is the owner of Coastal Worldwide, a shark fishing company and fishing tour group out of Pensacola, Florida.
Most of the time, Kenny and his partner, Dylan Weir, create the perfect environment for guests to catch a group of finned predators, but on Jan. 31, Kenny was the one behind the reel.
Kenny Weir was out on Navarre Beach, a stretch of sand on Santa Rosa Island between Destin and Pensacola.
On the hook of Kenny Kan”The greatest taste possibleThe head of a “huge 80-pound yellowfin tuna,” Weir said in a video posted on the duo’s YouTube channel.
The duo set up shop on the beach with two rollers the night before and sat on the beach as the stars passed and the sun began to rise, the duo said in the video.
At 8 a.m., there was a pull on Kenney’s line, and then the reel started running, as seen in the video.
The duo began the “fighting hour,” and Kenny began swinging at whatever was on the line from the beach.
But it wasn’t easy, and everything in the water was big.
“This guy is absolutely crazy, he’s screaming East,” Kenny said. “We may have to go after him at some point.”
The fight continued for about an hour, and Kenny was tired as he made progress in attracting the fish and then it would withdraw again.
“It’s a pretty big shark in the winter,” Weir said. “There are only a few things it could be, a mako, a giant tiger, a great white shark, or the biggest dark fish we’ve ever seen.”
Using a drone, Ware scanned the beach to see if he could get a bird’s-eye view of everything that was on the line — and then he saw it.
“Look at that, that’s a great white shark!” Weir says. “This is a monster, my friend. It’s not just a white shark.”
“Oh my god, bro,” Kenny says as he continues to fight.
The great white shark was pulled close to shore, and Weir says that because of its size and species, they had to bring it in and return it as quickly as possible.
As the shark approaches, Wier runs out into the water with tools to quickly get the hook out.
“This was the day Blaine had been dreaming of ever since he dropped his first bait,” Weir said.
The duo said the shark was at least 12 feet long and likely weighed at least 1,200 pounds.
After just a few minutes, the shark was removed from the hook, and it was released to swim back into the sea.
This isn’t the first time Coastal Worldwide has made headlines with a massive shark catch.
In March, the duo signed on Great white shark 11 feet long McClatchy News reported that the hurricane was off the coast of Orange Beach, Alabama.
“This is a very rare event, and perhaps, if these people continue to fish from shore over the next several years Never catch another one like him,” Marcus Drymon of Mississippi State University told WALA in March.
Ten months later, the duo did it again, and on a bigger scale.
“The size was definitely unreal,” the company said in a comment on its Facebook post.
Navarre Beach is located about 170 west of Tallahassee.
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