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

By
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.

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"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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