Howell, Mich. (Livingston Daily) -- Dan Gee has caught and killed a lion, a kudu (African antelope),
warthogs and reeled in some big fish during his 40 years of hunting and
The 52-year-old Michigan man, who has traveled to nearly 50 countries for his outdoor adventures,
has endured some long workouts nabbing his trophies.
Yet nothing compared to the big fish - a 15-foot thresher shark - he hooked on April 2 during a family vacation in Florida.
"This is the biggest and strongest fight ever," Gee said.
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He said it took more than three hours to haul in the shark, which he estimated was over 15 feet long and weighed 700-800 pounds.
"I've never caught anything like this," he said. "It's a pretty impressive fish."
said thresher sharks are known for their large tails, which can be 6
feet long. He said a thresher shark smacks its prey with its tail,
stunning the fish, and then turns around and eats the prey. He said his
thresher shark had "eyeballs are about the size of a softball and a
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He said the
shark was hooked in its tail about 400 feet deep, and unlike other
fish, he said it doesn't surface; it goes straight down. He was buckled
into a chair, his fishing pole was secured into the chair, and he spent
three hours reeling in the shark.
"My arms and legs felt like rubber for four days," he said.
soon the shark was pulled close, he said, the crew saw it was a
thresher, an endangered species. Therefore, they took some photos of the
shark, tried to get some measurements and let it go back into the
"It swam away fine," he said.
Because it's an endangered species, he said that he would have faced serious fines if he had killed it and hauled it in.
said he believes the shark he caught could have broken a record in
Florida, but he's not clear how the catch would be verified. He said
he's hoping the photos will help verify his shark as a record catch.
owner of Action Asphalt in Green Oak Township, said he's been hunting
and fishing since he was about 10 years old. He has traveled to
Honduras, Panama and Costa Rica for fishing expeditions.
this trip, he was traveling with his 15-year-old daughter, Savanna, his
fiancee, Sunny Sutton, and her three daughters. They left Fort
Lauderdale on a charter boat for a six-hour trip and began fishing for
black-fin tuna. He caught several tuna, and his daughter caught one.
Unfortunately, his fiancee and children didn't enjoy themselves.
"She and her three children were sick the whole time," he said.
Gee said they began fishing for swordfish and hammerhead shark when he caught the thresher shark.
He said his family was "freaked out" when the shark was pulled alongside the boat.
"To have a monster like that, you hate to let it go, but it's the best thing to do," he said.