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Texas fisherman catches 809-pound tiger shark

Wednesday - 8/6/2014, 3:04pm  ET

In this Aug. 3, 2014 photo provided by Ryan Spring, Spring, right, handles an 809-pound, 12-foot, 7-inch tiger shark he caught after reeling it in for more than seven hours in the Gulf of Mexico, off Port Aransas, Texas. It took about a dozen men to haul the male shark onto the dock. Spring plans to donate meat from the shark to charity. (AP Photo/Ryan Spring via The San Antonio Express-News) RUMBO DE SAN ANTONIO OUT; NO SALES

PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) -- A Texas fisherman has landed an 809-pound tiger shark in the Gulf of Mexico after reeling it in for more than seven hours.

Ryan Spring of San Antonio says he caught the shark Sunday about 5 miles off Port Aransas (uh-RAN'-suhs). He says the 12-foot, 7-inch shark was about as big as his boat. He says it pulled the vessel south for more than 15 miles.

It took about a dozen men to haul the male shark onto the dock. Spring plans to donate meat from the shark to charity.

The catch falls short of the tiger shark state record, which according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says is 1,129 pounds.


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