The Biggest Sharks Ever Caught from The Biggest Sharks Ever Caught
The Biggest Sharks Ever Caught
The Biggest Sharks Ever Caught
People often associate sharks with terms like “sea killers” and the Steven Spielberg’s movie “Jaws.” These feared kings of the sea are probably the most famous kind of fish. They are also among the biggest and baddest. Catching one is probably every fisherman’s dream. In most major shark species, female sharks usually outweigh males, as is the case with most sharks on the following list. A whale shark is the largest living shark and the largest type of fish in general. Just last year, also in Pakistan, fishermen needed five cranes to reel a 40-foot long whale shark that was found dead.
Giant Mako Shark – 1,323 lbs.
Prince Edward Island Shark
At whopping 20 feet, the massive shark was caught in 1983 in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the coast of Prince Edward Island by David McKendrick, a local fisherman. The shark is the “world’s largest accurately measured great white,” according to Canadian Shark Research Center. The shark, a female, was estimated to be about 20 years old when captured. The shark was named the second most legendary sharks by the Discovery Channel.
Mexico’s Great White Shark – 2,000 lbs.
Thresher Shark – 1,250 lbs.
A giant thresher shark – at the time the biggest ever caught - was auctioned in 2007 after being netted off the coast of Cornwall, according to the media. The shark, estimated at 32 feet from nose to fin, was caught by Roger Nowell off Lands End. Until then, the biggest previous thresher shark caught is believed to have weighed 953 lbs.
World Record Hammerhead Shark – 1,280 lbs.
Tiger Shark – 1,780 lbs.
This gargantuous shark was caught in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on June 14, 1964. Local angler, Walter Maxwell, had fought the 780 pounds, 13 feet, 10.5 inches long shark for hours. It broke the then International Game Fish Association World Record by 300 pounds. The story of how Maxwell caught it is also interesting. Just as the giant sea creature reached the pier, the line broke. So many people were watching, so he said he would stay on the pier night and day, if necessary, to get another chance at catching it.
El Monstruo – over 7,000 lbs.
In 1945, an enormous white shark was caught off Cojimar, a fishing village east of Havana, Cuba. When measured, the shark was found to be in excess of 21 feet and weighed over 7,000 pounds, which would make it the largest great white shark on record, according to Discovery. It was later proven that the shark was actually 16 feet long. The weight could have been exaggerated, with experts saying it probably didn’t way more than 4,200 pounds, but they could not confirm. Either way, El Monstruo is a monstrous shark.
Great White Shark – 3,351 lbs.
Frank Mundus’ Great White Shark – 3,427 lbs.
In 1986, this was the largest fish ever caught by rod and reel. The record Captain Mundus was aiming to beat was held by Alf Dean who reeled in a 2,664-pound killer white shark in 1959. Killer sharks are thought to be the largest fish it’s possible to catch on rod and reel. This one was more than 17 feet long.