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Florida fishermen reel in 800 pound shark

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 8:06 AM -

A Florida fisherman makes the catch of a lifetime: An 800 pound shark! Surprisingly, this is one tale the fisherman would rather keep under wraps.

Joey Polk along with two of his cousins, Earnie Polk and Kenny Peterson, documented their tremendous haul in Milton, Florida on Monday night.


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"It's unbelievable, there are people in their lifetime that will never know that type of excitement," Joey said, adding that he would rather keep a low profile about his catch.

They don't want people trying to ban land based shark fishing and they don't want to scare off tourists with the impression the gulf is full of sharks.

"We just want to save our sport," Joey says. "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% catch and release we do keep a lot of what won't swim off sometimes," Earnie says.

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