On Labor Day, Josie Silva stumbled in a 9 foot tiger shark.
The 37-year-old told mySA.com that she caught the estimated 300-pound shark around 7:30 p.m. offshore near Bob Hall Pier in Corpus Christi, near mile marker 300 on the beach. Silva, who hails from Orange Grove about 38 miles west of Corpus Christi, also said it was a personal record.
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The fisherwoman said the fight between her and the shark lasted about 45 minutes, adding that it was a tough catch due to the weight of the shark.
“It was really hard. I’m not going to lie,” she said. “It was really heavy. My rod was bent completely several times during the fight.”
After Silva had wrapped the tiger shark, she measured it and brought it back to the sea for release. Typically, anglers mark their catches for the Texas Shark Rodeo. However, Silva said it was too dark for her to safely mark her catch that evening.
The Texas Shark Rodeo is a yearlong voluntary competition where fishermen can earn points based on the sharks and species they catch. The data from each catch goes to the Harte Research Institute at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
Silva, who is part of the 3rd Coast Beach Bums team, has been fishing for sharks for about a year and a half and says the feeling she gets when she makes a catch is one of the reasons she keep doing it.
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“If you hear that click when a shark clicks, it’s a rush,” she said. “Your adrenaline rushes and your gaming face turns. It’s just an amazing feeling overall.”
Silva said she caught the tiger shark from a rod she built herself, which made it even more special.
Priscilla Aguirre is a general affairs reporter for MySA.com | [email protected] | @CillaAguirre