‘Monster’ Shark Caught Off Coast In THIS State- Possible NEW Record Set

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A fishing crew reeled in a 926-pound shark on Saturday off the New Jersey coast, possibly the largest shark catch in the state’s history.

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The crew on the fishing boat named the Jenny Lee caught the Mako shark while fishing in Hudson Canyon, about 100 miles off the coast of New Jersey, according to NJ.com.

“It’s a pretty awesome feeling,” Kevin Gerrity, captain of the Jenny Lee,  told the news site. “We saw him swimming up to the boat. We didn’t think we were going to get him, but we got him.”

“We were able to get him with a skipjack fillet with a squid combo as his last meal,” Gerrity added.

The crew spent about 90 minutes reeling in the shark. It was so massive that some members almost went overboard as they brought the shark closer to the boat, Fox News reported.

In all, the combination of Matt Lockett, Nick Rondinella, Bill Miccio, Steve Miccio, Mark Miccio, Matt Miccio and Matt Lockett took turns at the fishing pole to try to bring in the big Mako shark.  Mark Miccio said that the fish was so big, that it was almost pulling people overboard in while they were in a harness.

“Captain Dave and Captain Kevin were great,” said Miccio. “We wouldn’t have gotten that shark if it were not for them.”

According to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife, the record weight for a shark was an 880-pound tiger shark caught off the coast of Cape May in 1988.

“It took up the whole cockpit,” said Capt. Dave Bender, owner of the Jenny Lee, said of the 926-pound shortfin mako that was caught on his boat early Saturday morning. It appears to be the heaviest shortfin mako caught off New Jersey in recorded history, Patch reports.

The 12-foot shark, which was weighed in at Hoffman’s Marina in Brielle, is 70 pounds heavier than the current state record, an 856-pounder caught in 1994. But the mako caught on the Jenny Lee will not be an official state record because the fish was landed through the combined effort of the six men who chartered the Jenny Lee.

To become a New Jersey state record, the fish would have to be caught by a single angler, according to the saltwater fishing record application on the state Division of Fish and Wildlife website. It’s not uncommon, however, for anglers in a charter to pass a fishing rod during a trip that’s not part of a fishing tournament.

New Jersey has been keeping records of saltwater fish catches for more than 80 years; its current records include a 13-pound, 8-ounce Atlantic bonito caught in 1945. The Division of Fish and Wildlife maintains records for 90 species (31 freshwater and 59 saltwater, including 17 in the spearfishing category) in the division’s Record Fish Program. There also are several categories that have been retired as of May 2007.

The New Jersey mako record, set in 1994 by Christopher Palmer, who caught his 856-pound mako in the Wilmington Canyon, will stand for the time being.

The current International Game Fish Assocation world record for a shortfin mako is the 1,221-pounder caught by Luke Sweeney on July 21, 2001 off Massachusetts. A 1,323.5-pound shortfin mako was caught off the California coast in June 2013 but that does not appear to have been certified as a record by the IGFA, which maintains the official world records.

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