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What a catch! 375-pound shark surprises Texas fisherman by jumping into 25-foot boat
03-29-2011 03:34 PM EDT
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What a catch! 375-pound shark surprises Texas fisherman by jumping into 25-foot boat

In this photo provided March 29, 2011, by Jason Kresse shows Kreese with a 375-pound, 8-foot long mako shark at a dock in Freeport, Texas. Kresse tells The Associated Press that the mako shark leapt into his boat while he and two others were fishing for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday. Kresse said he and his crew couldn't get close to the 375-pound fish to toss it back in the water. It damaged the boat before dying several hours later. (AP Photo/courtesy Jason Kresse) MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES
FREEPORT, Texas (Associated Press) --

It's the catch of a lifetime, but it's not clear whether a Texas fisherman landed an 8-foot shark or it landed him.

Jason Kresse, 29, of Freeport, and two crew members had been fishing for red snapper about 50 miles into the Gulf of Mexico and were dumping fish guts into the water about 3:45 a.m. Monday when they heard two big splashes in the distance.

"All of a sudden something hit the side of the boat," Kresse told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "He ends up landing on the back of the boat."

The mako shark had apparently been in a rush to feed. It began thrashing around, and Kresse said he and his crew couldn't get close to the 375-pound fish to toss it back in the water. It damaged the boat before dying several hours later.

Kresse, who has been fishing since he was a child, said the unplanned catch was a shock. Just unloading it was a challenge because it was so heavy.

"We had to use a forklift to get it off the boat when we got to the dock," Kresse said.

The crew didn't have a permit to catch sharks, so Kresse contacted federal fisheries officials on shore to get one. Mike Cox, a spokesman with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said there's no violation because the shark's death was an accident.

The shark is on display at a seafood business in Freeport, about 55 miles south of Houston.

"I'm going to get a mount of it," Kresse said. "A fish jumping in your boat, 400 pounds, that's unbelievable."

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Hope you don't mind me jumping in to supply the pictures.

All I can say is that this would have definitely gotten my attention!

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Mike Cox, a spokesman with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said there's no violation because the shark's death was an accident.

Not sure that is the correct answer. What happens if we gut hook an under sized striper? We are suppose to toss it back even though it probably won't live.

Them makos are mean and they are lucky nobody was hurt.
 
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