FLORIDA (NBC/WFLA) — Three 12-year-old boys vacationing in Florida have a humongous fish tale to tell.
They caught a fish that would make a grown man jealous: a mako shark weighing just shy of 700 pounds.
First thing Wednesday morning, Sam Von Duhn joined his dad, Mark, and some friends on a deep-sea fishing trip.
Sam and his family are from Ohio but were vacationing in Florida with Sam’s buddies, Tony Musca and Ryan Roberts.
The group rode a boat from Double Nickel Charters out to the Gulf. They caught some fish here and there, but then, about 26 miles out to sea: “My rod started bending like crazy,” said Sam.
“The captain saw a flash of blue-and-white behind him and he said, ‘I think that’s a Mako,’” said Mark. “And then the excitement started.”
The boys rotated every few minutes, wrestling the rod and fighting to reel in the shark.
“Basically, everyone was holding onto it,” said Sam. “And one guy had to use both hands just to crank the reel.”
They battled the shark for 20 minutes, and finally, Sam reeled it to the surface: a 692-pound mako shark.
“I was surprised that it was that huge,” said Sam.
“They don’t realize that this is a fish of a lifetime, a catch of a lifetime,” said Mark.
It was the talk at the docks later that day, and these boys have a fish tale that will last the rest of their lives.