It is quite hard to imagine what these fishermen were thinking while fighting these in these massive sharks. Sometimes the catch was unintentional, other times it was on purpose, but this is without a doubt the most insane level of fishing one can achieve in terms of fight. These fishermen were up against true sea monsters, lurking in the depths for years before some lucky individual presented the perfect meal.

Check these six sharks out for yourself:


6. Bull Shark (697 pounds)

Bull sharks are known to live in freshwater habitats miles from the ocean. One was even reportedly caught as far north as Illinois. However, the big ones still patrol the ocean depths. At a solid 697 pounds, the official certified record was taken off the coast of Kenya.


5. Thresher Shark (1,250 pounds)

At a whopping 32 feet (most of which is that signature tail), the world record thresher shark stands at 1,250 pounds. A British fisherman captured this monster while fishing for squid off the English coast.


4. Hammerhead (1,280 pounds)

Hammerheads are odd looking creatures, and 1,280 pounds they look even weirder. The fisherman who claims this world record title was actually tarpon fishing at the time down in Florida with a 20-pound stingray.

3. Mako Shark (1,323 pounds)

The mako is distributed across both the Atlantic to the Pacific, making it relatively common shark. The record hails from the blue waters off Huntington Beach in Southern California. At a staggering 1,323 pounds, this mako made headlines.


2. Tiger Shark (1,785 pounds)

This variety of shark will eat just about anything; from license plates to jellyfish, the tiger shark’s aggressive feeding habits spell trouble if you ever run into one. The current record stands at 1,785 pounds coming from the coast of Ulladulla, Australia.


1. Great White (2,664 pounds)

In 1959, a man named Alf Dean reeled in the world record great white catch in Australia with a mind boggling 2,664 pound bruiser. The even crazier part is he used a porpoise to lure it in. All of these records will be tough to top, but times have changed since the late 1950’s and this record will like stand forever thanks to great whites being listed as an endangered species. The reality of Jaws is right here folks. A shark this big must have been quite the catch.

Greg May
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When he's not interning at the Gunn&Hook world headquarters in Fort Worth, Greg is either attending class at TCU or wetting a line in Montana.