Girl catches record-setting shark that ‘seemed like it might pull me into the water’

Girl catches record-setting shark that ‘seemed like it might pull me into the water’

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Girl catches record-setting shark that ‘seemed like it might pull me into the water’

Isabella Tolen has set a Washington State record with the catch of a tope shark weighing 41 pounds and measuring almost 6 feet long.

While that might not seem like a feat worthy of an accomplished big-game angler, consider that Isabella is only 10, and that the shark provided all the fight she could handle.

“It was really hard to catch because the shark was pulling me around the boat, and my dad kept telling me to follow my fish,” she told the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, which announced the record-setting catch Tuesday on Facebook. “It seemed like it might pull me into the water, but I just kept following my fish.”

Isabella Tolen poses with her record catch. Photo: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

It was the first tope shark submitted for record consideration in Washington.

The sharks can measure nearly 7 feet and are found in temperate waters around the world, often in very deep water. Other names for this species include soupfin shark and snapper shark.

They feed primarily on fish and Isabella baited hers, late last month off Grays Harbor, with a strip of salmon belly.

She explained that she has been fishing with her dad since she was much younger. “I like it because you can catch different types of fish, and you can see incredible things in the ocean,” she said.

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