A Florida fisherman caught a record-setting 805-pound shark earlier
this month, and then celebrated by barbecuing the 11-foot Shortfin
Mako and devouring it with friends.
"It was really good," Joey Polk he said. "It's not real fishy. It
does not have a real gamy, fishy taste.
Polk caught the Shortfin Mako off the Florida Panhandle with the help
of two cousins. The feat is recognized by the International
Land-Based Shark Fishing Association as the largest Shortfin Mako catch ever,
Polk broke the Shortfin Mako record set by cousin Ernie Polk — who was with
him for this historic catch. "It was really exciting to say the
least," Polk said. "I fought the fish for a little more than an
hour." With the battle over, the feast was on, but the father of
three said killing the shark is always the last resort.
"We tried to revive the fish and send him back out, but he was too
worn out to swim," the 29-year-old Joey Polk said. "That's why we
decided to keep him. We don't do it for the money, for the
publicity, just to catch the fish."
The Milton, Fla., resident also holds the record for largest tiger
shark caught, according to the ILSFA. But he says this may be his
most memorable. "This is probably our best catch ever," he said.
"They are not supposed to be here. They are open water fish and tend
to stay in cold deeper waters."