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Texas man reels in 14-foot hammerhead shark

Texas man reels in 14-foot hammerhead shark. (Poco Cedillo/South Texas Fishing Association)

PADRE ISLAND, Texas (KTXS) - A Texas man made what he called "the catch of multiple life times" over the weekend.

Poco Cedillo of Robstown, near Corpus Christi, caught a 14-foot hammerhead shark Saturday on the Padre Island National Seashore.

Cedillo said it took him an hour and 15 minutes to reel it in. Noticing the shark was "very tired," he quickly took pictures, got a length measurement and attempted to release it.

"Our main focus was to get her released quickly," Cedillo said . "Well, after 30 to 40 minutes of us holding her up into the current in 3 to 4 feet of water, we were faced with accepting the fact that she was done."

Unable to save the shark, Cedillo and some friends worked to save the meat, which they then donated.

"People that know me know that I release every single shark I catch, so this hurts," Cedillo said. "Catching this fish of a lifetime and it not making it totally sucks."

Official measurements

  • Length: 14 feet (168 inches)
  • Fork length: 135 inches
  • Girth: 78 inches


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