Joey Polk with the his shark which was was 3.35m (eleven feet) long and weighed 365kg (805 pounds) Photo: Earnie Polk
Joey Polk with the his shark which was was 3.35m (eleven feet) long and weighed 365kg (805 pounds) Photo: Earnie Polk

Florida man lands 'world record' 350kg shark from land

A FLORIDA man has pulled in a 365kg mako shark measuring more than 3.3 metres long in what could be a new world record for land-based shark fishing.

Joey Polk from Milton, Fla., spent an hour wrestling the beast onto land last Tuesday night, sometimes with almost 900 yards of line pulled out of his reel.

The mako is the fastest of all sharks and can swim at speeds up to 100km per hour.

"She was pulling line out of my reel at easily 60 miles and hour. We call that 'smokin' the drag' round here," Polk  told the Houston Chronicle.

"(The reel) has 60 pounds of drag on it, it's amazing that these fish can pull it out," Polk said, adding that a person can barely pull out the line by hand.

Polk's shark is set to beat out the previous land-based shark fishing record held by his cousin Earnie, who caught a 674 pound mako in 2009.


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