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Texas Fisherman Catches 809-Pound Tiger Shark

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    Ryan Spring says he caught a 12-foot, 7-inch tiger shark off the coast of Texas Sunday.

    A Texas fisherman has landed an 809-pound tiger shark in the Gulf of Mexico after reeling it in for more than seven hours.

    San Antonio fisherman Ryan Spring says he caught the shark on Sunday about five miles off the coast of Port Aransas. He says the 12-foot, 7-inch shark was about as big as his boat and that it pulled the vessel south for more than 15 miles.

    It took about a dozen men to haul the creature onto the dock. Spring said if the shark were a female he would have released it. He said a male shark this size is fair game.

    He plans to donate meat from the shark to charity.

    The catch falls short of the state record, which is 1,129 pounds.