CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A man set a personal record last weekend after shaking a 12.5-foot tiger shark at Padre Island National Seashore.
Christian Haltermann, 36, of Kyle, Texas, was on a weekend fishing trip with his 8-year-old son when he caught the shark. Haltermann learned to fish at the national park with his father and returns about twice a month.
Haltermann loaded up his custom 9-foot rods, kayaked about 1,000 yards, and dropped his bait, a 10-pound stingray, into the water. He returned to shore and waited for a bite.
“(Last) Saturday night, we got picked up around 7 p.m., and I knew straight away it was a monster,” Haltermann said. “We knew it was a big hit.”
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After about two and a half hours of fighting, Haltermann sent his son to recruit help from two nearby campers.
As a volunteer for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Haltermann takes measurements and collects data on the sharks he catches before tagging and releasing them back into the water. He determined that the shark was a female.
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“I never want to take them out of the water because the priority is to break free,” Haltermann said. “We took the hooks out, took a few quick shots and sent her back, but she was super lively and she swam really hard.”
The catch set a personal best for Haltermann, who plans to return to the beach soon.
“I got quite a few tiger sharks above 10ft and even more above 9ft, but nothing above 12,” Haltermann said. “It was a new benchmark that we were trying to achieve, and it’s so cool that we got it.”
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