A 13-year-old boy has got some major bragging points to lord over his friends this week, after catchinga nearly 250-pound shark in his fisher’s line off of Long Beach Island.
Joe Mandile told 7 ABC that he and his son Gianni have been fishing together since the boy was 3 years old.
"I didn't expect to catch something that big," Gianni told the station. "Because other people have caught those types of fish but usually at night, so I wasn't expecting to catch it in the middle of the day."
"All my friends, I've caught bigger fish than them, so it's kind of good,” he added.
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The Mandiles said their family rule is “catch and release,” so they later returned the shark to the water — but not before snapping a few pictures.
"To set a hook in a fish and reel it in is an accomplishment, but to do something at this size, this age and that big," Mandile told ABC.
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