Three 12-year-olds catch a 692-pound shark in Sarasota - Local news, weather, sports Savannah | WSAV On Your Side

Three 12-year-olds catch a 692-pound shark in Sarasota

Posted: Updated:
SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) -

Three 12-year-old boys caught a fish in Sarasota that would make a grown man jealous.

The kids reeled in a Mako shark weighing in at 692 pounds.

First thing Wednesday morning, Sam Von Duhn joined his dad and some friends on a deep sea fishing trip, and Sam was determined to get his big catch.

"Grouper,” he said. “I just think they're fun to catch, I like to eat them."

Sam and his family are from Ohio. They’re vacationing in Sarasota with some of Sam’s buddies - Tony Musca and Ryan Roberts. The group took a boat from Double Nickel Charters out to the gulf. They caught some fish here and there but then, about 26 miles out to sea, they got something else.

"My rod started bending like crazy!”

Sam’s dad, Mark Von Duhn said, "The captain saw a flash of blue and white behind him and he said, 'I think that's a Mako!' And then the excitement started."

The boys rotated every few minutes, wrestling the rod and fighting to reel the shark in.

"Basically everyone was holding onto it. And one guy had to use both hands just to crank the wheel,” said Sam.

They battled the shark for long, tiring 20 minutes.

And finally, Sam reeled it to the surface - a 692 pound mako shark!

"I was surprised that it was that huge,” said Sam.

"They don't realize that this is a fish of a lifetime,” said Mark.

It was the talk at the docks later that day. And these boys have a fish tale that will last the rest of their lives.

“[Lots of fishermen are] probably jealous of me right now,” he joked.

But despite the big prize, Sam still fell short of his goal.

“For us, having done this for a long time, we recognize how special it was. But for them, they were ready to go back out and catch grouper!” said Mark.

There's a lot of meat on that shark so the family will soon hold a fish fry over at dock.

And they're going to take the shark's jaw and turn it into a trophy for the three boys to share.

Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights reserved.

  • Don't Miss ItMore>>

  • VIRAL: Silly kitten attacks statue

    VIRAL: Silly kitten attacks statue

    Thursday, July 24 2014 3:50 PM EDT2014-07-24 19:50:05 GMT
    Image from Marina Didone Facebook videoImage from Marina Didone Facebook video
    If you've ever had a kitten, you know how silly they can be when it comes to playtime. A video of a super silly kitten has gone viral on social media with more than 330,000 shares on Facebook 
    If you've ever had a kitten, you know how silly they can be when it comes to playtime. A video of a super silly kitten has gone viral on social media with more than 330,000 shares on Facebook 
  • VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

    VIDEO: Intense gator battle at Odessa golf course

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:47 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:47:49 GMT
    An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
    An amazing video of two big gators locked in an intense fight might have you wondering how something so dangerous could happen at a golf course. A golfer shot the video using a cell phone
  • Road rage karma: Florida man run over by own truck

    Road rage karma: Florida man run over by own truck

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:50 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:50:09 GMT
     Caption: Joseph Carl, 48. Alachua Co. Jail booking photo Caption: Joseph Carl, 48. Alachua Co. Jail booking photo
    A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window.
    A man in Florida apparently got a dose of road rage karma when police say he was run over by his own pickup truck after getting out to bang on another driver's window.
  • Most Viewed Stories on WFLA.com

  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

1430 East Victory Drive
Savannah, GA 31404

Telephone: 912.651.0300
Fax: 912.651.0320
Email: newsemailalert@wsav.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.