BOCA RATON, Fla. - Some young fishermen from Boca Raton are getting national attention for catching a 14-foot hammerhead shark in Broward County.
Viktor Hluben, a Boca Raton resident and Florida Atlantic University student, said he and his group went sharking fishing last week expecting to catch some small sharks. But instead, they ended up catching something they never could have imagined.
"We knew we had a giant fish on, we battled it for about an hour and thirty minutes, and when we saw the massive dorsal fin, we knew we hooked a giant shark," said Hluben.
And once they were able to bring the shark to the beach, they hopped out for a quick photo shoot.
Minutes later, the group released the shark back into the ocean.
"The only thing I was thinking in my head was pictures, video, quick and get it back in the water," said Hluben.
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Hluben says the hammerhead shark measured 14 feet, and weighed about 700 pounds.
Mark Perry of the Florida Oceanographic Society says hammerhead sharks that size are common along the Florida coast. He says hammerheads can grow up to 19 feet long, but are not as aggressive as tiger and bull sharks.
The group Hluben belongs to calls itself "Landshark Fishing” and said they specialize in nighttime fishing for large sharks.
Hluben said they used "circle hooks to ensure maximum health of the fish," according to the YouTube video description.
The video was uploaded to YouTube on March 20 and has received almost 300,000 views.
Hluben says last week's adventure is now inspiring him to think bigger.
"Now I want to go out and catch a bigger shark, maybe a 1,000 pounder next time," said Hluben.