ILSFA World Record #08

Tiger Shark - Florida - Earnest Dewey Polk III

Ernie Polk preparing his new world record for tagging and release.

WORLD RECORD STATS:

 

Country:

USA

 

State:

Florida

 

Location:

Panhandle

 

Species & Line Class:

tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier) / 130 lb

 

Sex:

Female

 

Total Length:

141 inches / 11 feet, 9 inches

 

Fork Length:

116 inches / 9 feet, 8 inches

 

Girth:

80 inches / 6 feet, 8 inches

 

Estimated Formula Weight = fork length X (girth X girth) / 800:

Estimated Weight = 928 lbs

 

Date of Capture:

April 27, 2010

 

Released:

Yes

 

Tagged:

Yes / NMFS Apex Predators Investigation

 

Angler:

Earnest Dewey Polk III

 

Additional Record Info:

The following sequence of images were lifted from video that Ernie submitted for verification.

Teammate, Joey Polk (left) and angler, Ernie Polk.
Working together to tail rope and control the fish.
In another example of how to properly work with a large shark, they bring it high enough to safely work with the fish, while also keeping it in enough water to support its body weight.
This shot clearly shows the distinctive markings that earned the tiger shark its name.
Ernie works to remove the hook.
The sheer size of this specimen is evident from this angle.
Tagging the animal with a National Marine Fisheries APEX Predators Investigation Tag.
With the tag in place, Ernie prepares this female tiger for release.
Earnie gives the thumbs up ...
One more farewell glance ...
And she's away ...