Check this out from the Associated Press:
BOCA GRANDE, Fla. — Fishing Capt. Bucky Dennis has been trying to catch a record hammerhead shark for 10 years. He may have finally succeeded.
On Tuesday, he reeled in a monstrous 1,280-pounder that ate a 25-pound stingray for bait at Boca Grande Pass near Fort Myers. That would beat by nearly 300 pounds the current all-tackle world record for a hammerhead shark.
Dennis, who was using 130-pound test line, and three friends fought the 14½ foot shark for five hours and it dragged his boat about 12 miles offshore before they got it aboard. “It’s fun hooking them, but if you get too close, they will bite,” Dennis said. “And whatever they bite, they will bite off.”
The International Game Fish Association is reviewing the catch to determine if it qualifies as a record. The current all-tackle world record hammerhead is 991 pounds.