- Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - An Alabama man is taking home a $20,000 check from the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo.

WLOX-TV reports that Brett Rutledge of Mobile got the biggest prize check given Monday for the rodeo early last month.

The 354-pound bull shark he caught beat a record set last year by 75 percent.

Rutledge says he has big plans. As he put it, “I think Disney is in our future.”

Rutledge had to be the only one touching the rod to be considered for a record. It took him about an hour to reel in the huge shark.

Rutledge had to take a lie detector test, then The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources had to certify the record. It did that in mid-July.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, https://www.wlox.com


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