ILSFA World Record #10

Tiger Shark - Florida - Joseph Polk

1040 pound female tiger shark. Angler, Joseph Polk (left) and teammate, Will "Spud" Smith, preparing for this shark's successful release. 1040 pound female tiger shark. Angler, Joseph Polk (left) and teammate, Will "Spud" Smith, preparing for this shark's successful release.

WORLD RECORD STATS:

 

Country:

USA

 

State:

Florida

 

Location:

Panhandle Region

 

Species & Line Class:

tiger (Galeocerdo cuvier) / 200 lb / Unlimited / All-Tackle

 

Sex:
female

 

Total Length:

160 inches / 13 feet, 4 inches

 

Fork Length:

135 inches / 11 feet, 3 inches

 

Girth:

78.5 inches / 6 feet, 6.5 inches

 

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

Calculated Estimated Weight = 1040 lbs

 

Date of Capture:

June 24, 2015

 

Released:

Yes

 

Tagged:

No

 

Angler / Team:

Joseph Polk / Team True Blue

 

Additional Information:

Joseph Polk is a member of Team True Blue; a group of experienced Florida anglers that specialize in catch-and-release fishing for large shark species, while also participating in the National Marine Fisheries Service Cooperative Tagging Program. Joey and the team's extensive experience has resulted in countless successful tag and release captures, organized tournament wins and several standing ILSFA world records. These efforts, carried out over many years, serve as an example of how the sport can and should be enjoyed responsibly and sustainably, while also benefitting the scientific study, and understanding of the important role these vitally important predators serve in the marine environment. When asked about this world record and their numerous accomplishments, Joseph simply stated, "It's just what we do." It's important to note that Joseph did want to place a tag in this fish, but explained the team had run out of tags prior to this capture." Team True Blue acknowledges their use of Bullbuster line and Everol reels in the successful capture and release of this new All-Tackle ILSFA World Record. View Official Press Release.

Joseph Polk working heavy tackle in an effort to land the shark as quickly as possible. Joseph Polk working heavy tackle in an effort to land the shark as quickly as possible.
After landing the tiger, Joseph Polk works to quickly remove the hook and leader before the team takes measurements. After landing the tiger, Joseph Polk works to quickly remove the hook and leader before the team takes measurements.
Team member, Will "Spud" Smith (left) and Joseph Polk record stats, prior to release. Team member, Will "Spud" Smith (left) and Joseph Polk record stats, prior to release.
Preparing for another successful release. Joseph Polk (left), Will "Spud" Smith. Preparing for another successful release. Joseph Polk (left), Will "Spud" Smith.
Image from cellphone video. Will "Spud" Smith (left) and Joseph Polk release this World Record female tiger shark back to the wild. Image from cellphone video. Will "Spud" Smith (left) and Joseph Polk release this World Record female tiger shark back to the wild.