- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Two fishermen off the coast of New Jersey got the shock of their lives when a 303-pound mako shark jumped into their 31-foot boat.

“It was epic. He back flipped right in,” Clint Simek told the Asbury Park Press.

The men were catching and releasing blue sharks all day when the 8-foot, 4 inch mako took one of their lines.

“We were trying to feed bait to him. I reeled up our deep rod and felt him eat the bait,” Capt. Tom Rostron, Jr., told the Asbury Park Press. “As soon as he felt the hook, he shot 15 feet in the air.”

The shark leapt into the air a total of five times before landing in Rostron’s boat, thrashing and eating everything in sight.

“At first we were in shock when he was in the boat. Then he started thrashing and we were like ‘Oh My God, we have a big problem, this thing is going to eat us,’” Rostron said.

The shark ate two broom sticks, cushions and speakers, according to the report.

“We stood in the back for a half hour before I gaffed it and Clint tied the tail. Then we wedged it into the side of the boat,” Rostron said.

The shark was weighed in at Hoffman’s Marina in Brielle. The boat captain told told the Asbury Park Press that the mako was the first caught inshore this season that he knew of.

“Pretty amazing. Probably never going to happen again in our lives,” he added.

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