Texas man catches 12.5-foot tiger shark at Padre Island National Seashore

A Texas man set a new personal best last weekend after catching a 12.5-foot tiger shark off Padre Island National Seashore.
Christian Haltermann caught up with a 12.5 foot tiger shark while fishing Padre Island National Seashore with his son in May 2022.
Christian Haltermann, 36, of Kyle, Texas, was on a weekend fishing trip with his 8-year-old son when he caught the shark. Haltermann learned to fish in the park with his father and comes back about twice a month.
Haltermann loaded his 9-foot rods, kayaked about 1,000 yards, and dropped his bait, a 10-pound stingray, in the water. He returned to shore and waited for a bite.
Christian Haltermann caught up with a 12.5 foot tiger shark while fishing Padre Island National Seashore with his son in May 2022.
"Saturday evening we were picked up around 7 p.m. and I knew immediately that it was a monster," said Haltermann. "We knew for sure it was a big one."
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After about two and a half hours of fighting, Haltermann sent his son to recruit the help of two nearby campers.
As a NOAA volunteer, Haltermann takes measurements and collects data on the sharks he catches before tagging them and releasing them back into the water. He determined that the shark was a female.
"I never want to take her out of the water because the priority is to be released," Haltermann said. "We unhooked, took some quick photos and sent her on her way, but she was super lively and she swam really hard."
Christian Haltermann caught up with a 12.5 foot tiger shark while fishing Padre Island National Seashore with his son in May 2022.
The catch set a personal record for Haltermann, who hopes to return to the beach soon.
"I've had quite a few tiger sharks over the 10 foot mark and even more over the 9 foot mark, but nothing over 12," Haltermann said. "That was a new benchmark that we were trying to achieve and it's so cool that we achieved that."
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This article originally appeared in the Corpus Christi Caller Times: A Texas man catches a 12.5-foot shark off Padre Island National Seashore

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