ILSFA World Record #09

Tiger Shark - Florida - Joseph Polk

Joey Polk (left) controls this tiger's tail while teammate and fellow ILSFA Record Holder, Ernie Polk takes a girth measurement.

WORLD RECORD STATS:

 

Country:

USA

 

State:

Florida

 

Location:

Panhandle

 

Species & Line Class:

tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier) / 130 lb

 

Sex:
Female

 

Total Length:

153 inches / 12 feet, 9 inches

 

Fork Length:

128 inches / 10 feet, 8 inches

 

Girth:

77 inches / 6 feet, 5 inches

 

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

Calculated Estimated Weight = 949 lbs

 

Date of Capture:

May 25, 2010

 

Released:

Yes

 

Tagged:

Yes

 

Angler / Team:

Joseph Polk / Team Tooth Fairy

 

Additional Record Info:

Between these two anglers, there are three ILSFA World Records; two to Ernie Polk's name and now this one to Joey Polk's credit as angler. It's their second large tiger shark released in the thousand pound range, and a fine example the teamwork required to properly handle larger animals like this. This sequence of photos was taken from video submitted for verification.

Team Tooth Fairy - Joey Polk (left) and Ernie Polk.
Sizing up the situation ...
Ernie prepares a tail rope for use in controlling the animal for documentation and release.
They've done this before and know the importance of teamwork and safety for them and the fish.
With the tiger secure and settled down, the team takes total and fork length measurements.
Total length measurement, tip to tail, 12 feet, 9 inches.
Girth measurement, 6 feet, 5 inches.
After tagging this large female tiger, they send her on her way.