"All of a sudden. When it hit the one rod, it just hit it and it took off, so we knew it was something big," Shaun Jacobson told WSVN.
He said that after 40 minutes of pulling, he and two other men in the party were able to pull in the great white. "We were alternating turns left and right, probably, what, 20 to 30 cranks, and then the next guy was on," Jacobson said.
The men say they had hired Good Hit Sportsfishing hoping for an exciting time. But even the shop's captain said catching a great white is a rarity.
"I've been doing this for 20 years full-time as a captain," Capt. Adam Reckert told WSVN, "and that's the second one that I've landed. The last one was about 15 years ago."
The children on the boat named the big fish Cofax Crusher, one of the boys said.
After the family members captured some video and took pictures, the shark was tagged and released back into the ocean, which is standard protocol according to the fishing outfit.
"What do you think?" one of the fishing enthusiasts said on the video taken of the catch.
"Best day ever!" said a boy with the group.