It was as big as his boat.
It took him more than seven hours, but on Sunday morning, Texas fisherman Ryan Spring finally reeled in the 809-pound tiger shark he caught the night before.
"It was like playing tug-of-war with a giant," Spring told KSAT.
Spring was fishing with his father and friends in the Gulf of Mexico about 5 miles off Port Aransas when he caught the "ginormous" 12-foot, 7-inch male shark. The shark hauled Spring's boat south for more than 15 miles before surfacing.
"When we finally saw him after five hours, we saw it was a tiger shark," Spring said.
It took another two hours before the shark was securely tied to the side of the boat.
"He’s pulling us and the water is just slapping against the back of boat," Springs recalled. "It was like a scene from the movie Jaws."
"It was like seven hours of pure pain and suffering," he told KZTV. "But, it was all well worth it though."
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