Father, son snag shark while kayaking off Galveston coast

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by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on August 20, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 23 at 12:25 PM

GALVESTON, Texas – A local family got quite a ride when they hauled in a shark while fishing in a kayak off the Galveston coast on Saturday.

Kevin Stevens and his 9-year-old son, Hunter, were about three-quarters of a mile off the west end of Galveston when the nearly seven-foot shark snagged their bait.

“It’s more than half the size of my kayak,” says Stevens. “That puts it in the seven-foot range.”

According to the older Stevens, the black tip shark dragged their 12-foot kayak around for an hour while he wrestled with the fishing line.

“Instead of us using all our energy to try to pull the shark, the shark pulls the kayak,” said Stevens. “It’s called the Texas sleigh ride.”

Hunter Stevens rolled the camera and caught all the action.

“Super scary and crazy,” said the 9-year old.

After the hour-long battle with the shark, the Stevens’ finally let it go.

The mother, who was back on land, said she was terrified when she heard about the big catch.

“I mean seriously I watched Jaws at a very young age and I didn’t go in the shower,” said Christina Stevens. “I do remember Land Shark from Saturday Night Live.”

Kevin Stevens said the practice of catching sharks is becoming almost like a sport in Galveston. In fact, he said a group people have been going out on the weekends in their kayaks to try and catch one.

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