Fisherman lands same 1,000-pound tiger shark he caught in 2013

Fisherman lands same 1,000-pound tiger shark he caught in 2013

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Fisherman lands same 1,000-pound tiger shark he caught in 2013

Five years ago, Chip Michalove and his fishing clients reeled in a tiger shark that measured 12-plus feet and weighed an estimated 1,000 pounds.

On Tuesday, the Outcast Sport Fishing captain caught and released the same shark in the same area off Hilton Head, S.C., despite improbable odds of such an occurrence.

Tiger shark image courtesy of Chip Michalove/Outcast Sport Fishing

In fact, this is at least the third time the same tiger shark has been caught.

In 2013, Michalove attached a small tag to the shark. Last year, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources attached a larger satellite tag to the same shark. (Second image shows dorsal fin damage possibly caused by the satellite tag.)

On Tuesday, after a 45-minute fight one mile off Hilton Head, as Michalove maneuvered the boat and three clients took turns at the rod and reel, they had the shark alongside the boat.

Tiger shark image courtesy of Chip Michalove/Outcast Sport Fishing

“It was like hooking a tug boat,” Michalove told USA Today, explaining that the shark went where it wanted for most of the fight, as he pursued with the boat. “A tiger shark this size pulls like a dump truck.”

Tiger sharks, named because of faint vertical stripes on their bodies, are found in tropical and subtropical waters around the world. They can measure 15-plus feet and weigh more than 1,700 pounds. (The International Game Fish Assn. lists a 1,785-pound tiger shark caught off Australia in 2004 as the all-tackle world record.)

Michalove said his clients, a father and two teenage sons, had asked for a challenge before setting out, “and it took everything they had to land that shark.”

–Images of 1,000-pound tiger shark are courtesy of Chip Michalove/Outcast Sport Fishing

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