'A monster': Texas man catches 12.5-foot tiger shark at Padre Island National Seashore

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A man acceptable a idiosyncratic champion past play aft reeling successful a 12.5-foot tiger shark astatine the Padre Island National Seashore.

Christian Haltermann, 36, of Kyle, Texas, was connected a play sportfishing travel with his 8-year-old lad erstwhile helium caught the shark. Haltermann learned to food astatine the nationalist parkland with his dada and returns astir doubly a month.

Haltermann loaded up his customized 9-foot rods, kayaked astir 1,000 yards and dropped his bait, a 10-pound stingray, into the water. He returned to enactment and waited for a bite.

"(Last) Saturday evening, we got picked up astatine astir 7 p.m., and I instantly knew it was a monster," Haltermann said. "We knew it was a large 1 for sure."

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After astir 2 and a fractional hours of fighting, Haltermann sent his son to enlistee the assistance of 2 adjacent campers.

As a unpaid for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Haltermann takes measurements and collects information connected the sharks helium catches earlier tagging and releasing them backmost into the water. He determined that the shark was female.

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"I don't ever privation to region them from the h2o due to the fact that the precedence is getting released," Haltermann said. "We got the hooks removed, took a mates speedy pictures and sent her connected her way, but she was ace lively, and she swam disconnected existent strong."

The drawback acceptable a idiosyncratic grounds for Haltermann, who plans to instrumentality to the beach soon.

"I person rather a fewer tiger sharks implicit the 10-foot mark and adjacent much implicit the 9 foot, but thing implicit 12," Haltermann said. "That was a caller benchmark that we were trying to achieve, and it's truthful chill that we got that."

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