Riverside, California 2022-05-19 19:00:55 –
A Texas man set a new personal vest last weekend after involving a 12.5-foot tiger shark on the Padre Island National Coast.
Christian Halterman, 36, of Kyle, Texas, went fishing on the weekends with his eight-year-old son and caught a shark. Halterman learned to fish in the park with his father, and he returned about twice a month.
Halterman loaded a custom 9-foot rod, kayaked about 1,000 yards, and dropped a 10-pound stingray bait into the water. He returned to the shore and waited for him to bite.
“I picked him up around 7 pm on Saturday evening and quickly realized it was a monster,” Holterman said. “I knew it was a big one.”
After about two and a half hours of fighting, Holterman sent his son with the help of two nearby campers.
As a NOAA volunteer, Halterman measures and collects data on captured sharks before tagging and returning them to the water. He decided that the shark was a woman.
“I don’t want to get them out of the water because the priorities have been released,” Holterman said. “We unhooked, took some simple pictures and sent her in the middle of her, but she was very lively and she swam really hard.”
The catch set a personal record for Halterman, who will soon return to the beach.
“I have quite a few tiger sharks above the 10-foot mark, but there are even more tiger sharks above 9 feet, but none above 12,” Halterman said. “It was the new benchmark we were trying to achieve, and it’s cool enough we got it.”
Ashlee Burns covers South Texas trend news and the latest news. See subscription options and special offers at Caller.com/subscribe
Texas man catches 12.5-foot shark at Padre Island National Seashore Source link Texas man catches 12.5-foot shark at Padre Island National Seashore