Fishing like a boss…
U.S. Marine Jeff Fangman may have needed a bigger boat for his catch – had he not hooked a Great White shark right from the beach.
Fangman, band master for the United States Marine Band and avid angler, was fishing off Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California, with his wife and baby daughter in late October when suddenly his line started rolling off the reel.
Luckily, his wife, Aldrei, had a camera on hand and caught it all on video.
‘Lo and behold, it ended up being a Great White,’ Fangman later told 10News.
The gunnery master sergeant is an experienced fisherman, but this was his first Great White shark.
‘Seeing it in the water was just, it was almost mind blowing,’ he said. ‘It’s taken several weeks to get the whole ordeal to sink in.’
Aldrei Fangman’s video and still photos posted on her husband’s Facebook page show the Marine hauling the sleek grey beast onto the sand by the tail.
The shark measured nine-and-a-half feet in length – likely a young female – with rows of razor-sharp, serrated teeth clearly visible in its open maw.
Given that it is illegal to catch Great Whites, Fangman was forced to drag the deadly predator back into the surf and let her go.
Fangman’s impressive feat likely marks the first time that an angler hooked a Great White from the beach in the U.S.
The Marine, who just moved to California from Texas, said that hooking, dragging the beast out and then returning her into the ocean took him some 25 minutes – and he was exhausted by the end.
‘Just still kind of elated about the moment,’ he recalled. – Mail Online
Oh that reporting is just too cute. “suddenly his line started rolling off the reel”
Rolling off the reel? that reel would have been screaming like a sack full of kittens over a waterfall.