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Karl A. Hilbert
05-25-2006, 06:33 PM
A fellow in Fla caught a 1,280 lb. hammerhead. I like the quote:"It's fun hooking them, but if you get too close, they will bite," Dennis said. "And whatever they bite, they will bite off."

05-25-2006, 06:37 PM
Where in Florida?

Karl A. Hilbert
05-25-2006, 06:39 PM
Boca Grande Pass near Fort Myers

05-25-2006, 07:00 PM
14 feet long:eek:

05-25-2006, 07:58 PM
bay here, but they rarely grow beyond 8 feet in length. One of the more common types of shark in my area. That was a big one.

Saw a picture of an alligator 23 feet long while at the bank awhile ago. They said that it had been caught in the Mobile River delta. I think that it was a hoax and probably a picture of one of our Antipodean friend's salties. The biggest 'gator I have ever seen or heard of around here was about 14' long. For an alligator to grow that big around here it would have to have a steady diet of something pretty healthy, and other gators are the only thing that I can think of that would give them that much protein.

Mickey Lake

05-25-2006, 09:24 PM
There used to be a 12' hammerhead name 'Shorty' off the pier near my parent's beach home on Dauphin Island, AL ... back in the late 70's ... there was a $500 reward for 'him' which always made me sad ... wonder if he was ever caught.


05-25-2006, 09:27 PM
hanging in the garage of a bunch of sharks sun-bathing around Sand Island light (about a mile off of Dauphin Island). I always remembered that picture. You couldn't make me get in the water where Mobile Bay dumps into the Gulf!

Mickey Lake

05-25-2006, 09:30 PM
Ok so he caught it, what did he do with it?

05-26-2006, 05:33 AM

05-26-2006, 06:00 AM
Where in Florida?
I'm guessing the water.....

Karl A. Hilbert
05-26-2006, 07:11 AM
I think he donated the fish to a research facility or museum. An only slightly better fate than a large one caught earlier this month that was buried in an orange grove. This is relevant to the "Man's Right" thread.

Phillip Allen
05-26-2006, 07:15 AM
How old would a fish that size be?

Karl A. Hilbert
05-26-2006, 07:28 AM
The life expectancy is around 20 years. As a world record, it was probbably close to that age.