Posted: Aug 10, 2013 10:21 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
Updated: Aug 12, 2013 6:57 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - "Shark Week" is technically over but not for one group of guys who reeled in an 11 foot 4 inch tiger shark right off the beach just south of the Packery Channel.
It's a fish most people wouldn't want to see in the waters but that's exactly what Wayne Wimer caught with the help of his lively group of friends Friday afternoon.
"At first we thought maybe the weight had broke loose because the line went real slack and I was the closest so I started reeling on it," Wimer recalled.
He reeled for three and a half hours, fighting his catch.
"One guy actually brought me a chair to sit down on it at some point in time," he said, "because my legs were shaking, my lower back was killing me. I had no energy left," he continued.
Wimer and his pals aren't exactly beginner when it comes to fishing, though.
"We actually fish as a team," he explained, "I'm newer to the team, a couple of guys here fish Shark-a-thon."
After those three and-a-half hours of both luck and skill, the guys were able to see exactly what was lurking in the waters of the beach, nearly a local record-breaking tiger shark. This was no catch to keep, however.
"They're majestic animals and that big there's no reason to kill," Wimer explained.
So the fishermen did exactly what any other shark enthusiasts would do: throw it back.
"We had a tag left over," Wimer said, "so we actually got to tag and release the shark so it actually has a tracking beacon on it so if anybody ever catches it, we can find out all the information of where it's traveling, growth, all that neat kind of stuff just learn more about these animals."
The job of tracking the animal will be up to the HARTE Institute who handed the tags out to the guys at a fishing tournament. Before the beast returned to the Gulf, however, there was one last thing to do, take the money shot.
"It's called the money shot," John Navar, who helped reel in the tiger shark, said, "You can't catch a big shark without having a money shot."
The guys say it's not only abnormal to see that big of a tiger shark in the gulf but it's rare to see tiger sharks at all since they normally swim in cooler waters.
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