Fisherman Catch Record Breaking Mako Shark

A fisherman caught a record-breaking 805lb Mako shark – and then barbecued and ate it with his friends. Joey Polk, 29, and his two cousins Earnie Polk, 43, and Kenny Peterson, 21, battled the 11ft predator for more than an hour before finally hauling it onto the beach. They normally tag and release their catches for conservation but were unable to resuscitate this one and instead made it the main course at a jumbo-sized family barbecue. The huge shark, caught at a secret location on the Florida Panhandle on April 15, beat a previous weight record set by Earnie for a mako weighing 730lbs, set in February 2009.


Joey Polk, 29, holding open the jaws of the 11ft mako shark. (Photo by Joey Polk/Barcroft Media)


The trio normally release their catches and have helped local groups tag hundreds for conservation, but this mako was too exhausted to be revived. (Photo by Joey Polk/Barcroft Media)


The shark was too tired after the epic battle and to avoid wasting him the trio enjoyed their catch at a jumbo-sized family barbecue. (Photo by Joey Polk/Barcroft Media)


Joey Polk and his two cousins Earnie Polk and Kenny Peterson battled the 11ft predator for more than an hour. (Photo by Joey Polk/Barcroft Media)


The giant fish helped to feed over 200 members of the local community. (Photo by Joey Polk/Barcroft Media)

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