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April 16, 2013

USA: a 1,000 lb white shark caught in Florida

A big  white shark estimated to measure 13 or 14  feet and weigh between 850 - 1,000 pounds was caught and released last Tuesday off Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The anglers aboard the  "Hooked Up" fought the massive shark for around 2 hours. The crew expected to see a bull shark at the end of the line because white shark catches are rare off Florida.

"No one knew what it was until we got it to the boat," said Taco Perez, who owns the charter boat, "I've been fishing here since 1969 and Greg and I saw one three years ago. It's so darn uncommon. We're pretty excited about it."

Capt. McCauley was at the helm of "Hooked Up", which was at a depth of less of 200 feet when the shark took a butterflied small tuna that was being trolled beneath a kite.

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