A Florida man reeled in a big hammerhead shark off the Florida Coast to claim the top spot in a land-based fishing challenge.
Angler Peter Buban caught the hammerhead while fishing in the Blacktip Fishing Challenge, a land-based catch and release shark fishing tournament held earlier this month. Buban spent over an hour reeling in the massive hammerhead with the help of his friends. His catch measured 13-feet long and weighed 1,000 pounds. The hammerhead landed Buban the top sport in the contest.
As an avid sportfisherman, Buban was thrilled with his catch, but plans to catch a bigger shark next time.
“If you catch one huge fish, it’s like a drug, you cannot stop,” Buban told WPTV News. The hammerhead was a personal best for Buaban, and it also took the record for the tournament’s biggest catch.
The Blacktip Fishing Challenge is organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Apex Predator Program and the International Land-Based Shark Fishing Association. The event is a combination of sport fishing and scientific research for shark conservation. When the sharks are caught, scientists take oral swabs from their mouths to collect DNA samples to be used for conservation research.