Fisherman snags 805-pound mako shark

MILTON, Fla. (CNN/WKRG) — A Florida fisherman makes the catch of a lifetime: an 805-pound shark.

Surprisingly, this is one tale the fisherman would rather keep under wraps.

Joey Polk reeled in the mako shark Tuesday night. With his cousins Earnie Polk and Kenny Peterson, they documented the tremendous haul.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Joey. “There are people in their lifetime that will never know that type of excitement.”

If Joey had it his way, WKRG wouldn’t be telling you about this. He says they keep a low profile.

They 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 is full of sharks.

“We just want to save our sport,” said Joey. “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.”

Most of their sharks don’t come home in a pickup truck or end up in pieces for dinner. The Polks say the fish normally gets a tag.

“Probably 95 percent catch-and-release,” said Earnie Polk, a recreational shark fisherman. “We do keep a lot of what won’t swim off, sometimes.”

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