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Texas man reels in monster 964-pound tiger shark

By Ben Hooper

July 5 (UPI) -- A Texas man pulled into first in a fishing tournament when he spent three hours reeling in a 964-pound tiger shark.

Sergio Roque said he was participating Sunday in the 55th Annual Tackle Time Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Texas City/La Marque Jaycees, when he hooked something so strong it nearly flipped his boat.

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"It's the hardest fight I've ever had in my life, the strongest one," Roque told KTRK-TV. "When I first set the hook, and it pulled me straight across the back of the boat, pulled me straight to the corner and slammed my knees onto it."

The Texas City Jaycees posted a Facebook photo of Roque's catch: A 964-pound tiger shark that wasn't far off the state record.

Jaycees Vice President Sam Navarro told KHOU the catch put Roque in first place in the tournament, which runs through Sunday, and is among the largest catches in the event's history.

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