MILTON, Fla. — A fisherman in Florida reeled in a massive 805-pound Mako shark last week. However, he really wishes it would have gone unnoticed.
After reeling in the huge shark, Polk stopped to fill up his truck with gas. Someone at the gas station snapped a photo and shared it on social media. Without Polk’s consent, his giant catch went viral.
Polk and his cousins said they don’t want people to ban land-based shark fishing and they don’t want to scare off tourists with the impression the Gulf of Mexico is filled with giant sharks.
“We just want to save our sport 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,” Polk said.
Polk said most of their catches are tagged and not kept.
“Probably 95 percent [of what we catch is] catch and release.”
This one was cooked with a Polk family recipe and served for the community, feeding around 200-250 local people.
Polk said he will never share his family’s “secret” spot where the shark was caught for fear the beach would be swamped by tourists and competing fishing crews.