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San Antonio Angler Catches 9.5-foot Tiger Shark With The Help Of A Flying Drone

A San Antonio angler used an unmanned drone in his battle against a 9.5-foot tiger shark over the weekend in Port Aransas, a Texas beach town about 20 miles east of Corpus Christi.

San Antonio Angler Catches 9.5-foot Tiger Shark With The Help Of A Flying Drone

Michael Ploch told My San Antonio that he used a drone to drop his baited hook into the ocean hundreds of yards offshore.

Once he hooked the creature, he ran his rod down to the beach and reeled it in for two hours.

“It was exhausting but exciting to catch one of my bucket list sharks,” Ploch told My San Antonio. “I have been saltwater fishing for the last five years, but have been grateful to learn a lot of pointers from local fishermen that helped me land this fish.”

Video of the catch shows Ploch posing with the shark on the beach with his friend, Patrick Reyes.

Ploch measured the shark at 9.5 feet before releasing it.

San Antonio angler poses with tiger shark caught with a drone

Tiger sharks are among the largest and commonly reach length of 10 to 14 feet, according to the Florida Museum

They can be found in the Gulf of Mexico, North American beaches, and parts of South America. It is also commonly observed in the Caribbean Sea.

According to the Coastal Fisheries Division with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, about 40 shark species are swimming around the Texas waters. The following five are abundant: Atlantic sharpnose shark, blacktip shark, bonnethead shark, spinner shark, and bull shark. 

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