Texas man breaks 37-year record with 1,033-pound hammerhead shark

Ben Hooper

July 10 (UPI) -- A Texas fisherman took first place in a tournament -- and broke a 37-year-old record -- when he landed a 1,033 pound hammerhead shark.

Tim McClellan was fishing in Texas City as part of the 55th Annual Tackle Time Fishing Tournament, hosted by the Texas City/La Marque Jaycees, when he managed to reel the hammerhead into the waystation of the Texas City Dike.


"You can fish all your life and not catch something like this," McClellen told KHOU-TV. "It's the one monster I'd been looking for for 20 years."

The 1,033-pound hammerhead broke a state record set in 1980, when Mark Johnson landed an 871-pound hammerhead shark.

McClellan's catch was weighed Sunday morning, the last day of the tournament. His catch took the first place spot away from Sergio Roque, who landed a 946 pound tiger shark a few days earlier.

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