- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A 12-year-old central Florida boy hooked a big prize on a fishing trip off of Fort Lauderdale.

Kip Houghton reeled in an 8-foot tiger shark last Thursday as he fished with his family on a charter boat.

The boy told Florida Today (https://on.flatoday.com/1u3ZRrc ) it was “the hardest 40 minutes” of his life to reel the shark to the boat.

Mom Wendy Houghton says they hadn’t had a bite it quite a while when a large splash broke the lull. She says the charter boat crew told Kip, ‘you’re on kid.’ She’s says it was a huge deal for the crew and the family.

After taking the shark’s measurements, they let it go. The family plans to make a tiger shark replica to hang in their Melbourne Beach home.

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Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.), https://www.floridatoday.com

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