South Carolina fisherman hooks 17-foot great white shark: It was a ‘monster’

As a charter fisherman who assists shark experts with their research by hooking and tagging great whites, South Carolinian Chip Michalove has come across a number of impressively-sized sharks throughout the years. But none were more impressive than the “monster” great white he hooked earlier this week. Michalove told Fox News on Thursday he estimated … Continue reading “South Carolina fisherman hooks 17-foot great white shark: It was a ‘monster’”

As a charter fisherman who assists shark experts with their research by hooking and tagging great whites, South Carolinian Chip Michalove has come across a number of impressively-sized sharks throughout the years.

But none were more impressive than the “monster” great white he hooked earlier this week. Michalove told Fox News on Thursday he estimated the massive fish weighed 3,500 pounds and was roughly 17 feet in length.

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Michalove hooked the shark, a female, at roughly 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday off the coast of Hilton Head. He was accompanied by Jon Dodd of the Atlantic Shark Institute at the time.

Michalove, who also tags sharks on behalf of experts at the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, wrote on Facebook the shark “spit the hook after a 15 [minute] battle.”

“After she threw the hook and came partially out of the water twice, she turned and chased the bait back to the boat as we reeled it back in,” he continued. “We dropped the bait back to her, but she wised up. She wouldn’t give us another shot.”

A roughly 10-foot great white Michalove hooked and tagged Tuesday. (Chip Michalove/ Outcast Sport Fishing)

“It was a bittersweet day because we did land and tag a 10-footer, but I can’t help but think about the one I lost,” he said. He also hooked a shark later that afternoon but lost it. He told The Island Packet he and Dodd were too tired from the battles with the two other two sharks, which is why they were unable to tag the third.

Michalove — who is “obsessed with sharks” and has been “ever since [he] was little and watched ‘Jaws’”— told Fox News this was only the second time he has hooked three great white sharks in one outing; the first time being a couple of years ago.

“To get three in one day was pretty surprising; it’s extremely rare,” he said.

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The fisherman, who is the charter captain at Outcast Sport Fishing, said he finds the most great whites off the Hilton Head coast during the winter months. It’s for this reason he’s confident the 17-footer who escaped him Tuesday will return.

“I’ll have another shot,” he said confidently. “She’ll be back.”

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

Fisherman criticized by fellow anglers, animal activists over 1,400-pound marlin catch

A fisherman in Australia has been skewered online after reeling in a 1,431 pound black marlin off the coast of Queensland last week.

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Angler Rob Crane reportedly snagged the giant fish north of Fraser Island, which died during the struggle.

“EPIC Fish caught off the top of Fraser Island just weight at our Urangan Marina Hervey Bay Qld – Black Marlin 1431lbs ( 649.87kgs ),” a Facebook post with pictures of the enormous sea creature read.

Though the fishermen involved were truly pleased with the record catch, not everyone on social media was happy.

“Sorry but this is absolutely bull s— just a f trophy such a disgrace sorry,” Vicki Roberts wrote.

“Yeah that’s a big fish. Shame it’s now dead,” Trevor Brown commented.

“I’m over this crap if ya can’t eat it let it go what a waste,” Peter Forrest wrote on Facebook.

On man who claimed to be a fisherman called the catch "a waste of a beautiful old fish."

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Many were calling out Crane for killing the old fish, but several commenters said the catch was legal.

Though Queensland Game Fishing Association vice president Joshua Cox said most anglers practice catch-and-release, when a fish dies during the struggle of being reeled in – like Crane’s catch – the fishing association will take it for research purposes.

"[Our club] is predominantly tag and release, and basically all the research that we have on fish species is from the ones that died like this one did, during the fight," he said.

The Fishing with Scotto page, which shared the image of the behemoth marlin defended Crane, saying catches like this are vital for research and conservation efforts.

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“Big game anglers tag and release more than 95 per cent of their catch and in doing so contribute more to the conservation of gamefish than any other group,” the page wrote.

A commenter claimed the fish will be donated to research and not eaten.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Viral video shows fisherman shot with ink while trying to reel in squid

Good aim.

Jarrad Edwards, 35, was fishing with a friend off the coast of St. Kilda, Adelaide, in Australia, when he snagged a squid on his line.

The fisherman took two tries to finally hook the clever cephalopod while his friend Casey Mitchell recorded him in the small fishing boat.

“Got him!” Edwards yells excitedly on the video, as he reels in the crafty creature.

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Edwards and Mitchell are heard celebrating the catch, but as the squid is drawn in closer to the boat on the line, it suddenly shoots ink directly at Edwards’ face.

Edwards, who told The Daily Mail he thought he was “safe” from the ink attack, was shocked by the direct hit.

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“I saw the squid inked in the water so I thought I was safe. Little did I know it had a backup plan,” Edwards said.

Edwards told the outlet he and Mitchell had been frustrated on not catching any squids before the incident.

“[Casey] was feeling frustrated on not catching any and I gave him a chance, but the squid preferred my jig,” Edwards said, noting the pair was planning to head back to shore before the catch.

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A kayaker in New Zealand, Kyle Mulinder, was in for a surprise when a nearby seal popped up and slapped him with an octopus.

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He’s not the only Australian fisherman to be left stunned by the antics of a sea creature.

In September, a video went viral showing a kayaker getting slapped by an octopus while it fought with a seal.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Viral video shows fisherman shot with ink while trying to reel in squid

Good aim.

Jarrad Edwards, 35, was fishing with a friend off the coast of St. Kilda, Adelaide, in Australia, when he snagged a squid on his line.

The fisherman took two tries to finally hook the clever cephalopod while his friend Casey Mitchell recorded him in the small fishing boat.

“Got him!” Edwards yells excitedly on the video, as he reels in the crafty creature.

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Edwards and Mitchell are heard celebrating the catch, but as the squid is drawn in closer to the boat on the line, it suddenly shoots ink directly at Edwards’ face.

Edwards, who told The Daily Mail he thought he was “safe” from the ink attack, was shocked by the direct hit.

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“I saw the squid inked in the water so I thought I was safe. Little did I know it had a backup plan,” Edwards said.

Edwards told the outlet he and Mitchell had been frustrated on not catching any squids before the incident.

“[Casey] was feeling frustrated on not catching any and I gave him a chance, but the squid preferred my jig,” Edwards said, noting the pair was planning to head back to shore before the catch.

Funny video: Seal slaps kayaker with octopus in the face

A kayaker in New Zealand, Kyle Mulinder, was in for a surprise when a nearby seal popped up and slapped him with an octopus.

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS

He’s not the only Australian fisherman to be left stunned by the antics of a sea creature.

In September, a video went viral showing a kayaker getting slapped by an octopus while it fought with a seal.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

Viral video shows fisherman shot with ink while trying to reel in squid

Good aim.

Jarrad Edwards, 35, was fishing with a friend off the coast of St. Kilda, Adelaide, in Australia, when he snagged a squid on his line.

The fisherman took two tries to finally hook the clever cephalopod while his friend Casey Mitchell recorded him in the small fishing boat.

“Got him!” Edwards yells excitedly on the video, as he reels in the crafty creature.

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Edwards and Mitchell are heard celebrating the catch, but as the squid is drawn in closer to the boat on the line, it suddenly shoots ink directly at Edwards’ face.

Edwards, who told The Daily Mail he thought he was “safe” from the ink attack, was shocked by the direct hit.

MICHIGAN OFFICIALS SAY LARGEMOUTH BASS VIRUS CONFIRMED IN LAKE

“I saw the squid inked in the water so I thought I was safe. Little did I know it had a backup plan,” Edwards said.

Edwards told the outlet he and Mitchell had been frustrated on not catching any squids before the incident.

“[Casey] was feeling frustrated on not catching any and I gave him a chance, but the squid preferred my jig,” Edwards said, noting the pair was planning to head back to shore before the catch.

Funny video: Seal slaps kayaker with octopus in the face

A kayaker in New Zealand, Kyle Mulinder, was in for a surprise when a nearby seal popped up and slapped him with an octopus.

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS

He’s not the only Australian fisherman to be left stunned by the antics of a sea creature.

In September, a video went viral showing a kayaker getting slapped by an octopus while it fought with a seal.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.