Thursday, August 22, 2013

Massive Tiger Shark Caught Off North Myrtle Beach

Six US Marines catch 14 foot tiger shark off coast of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
14 foot tiger shark caught off N. Myrtle Beach.  Myrtle Beach Online
A group of six US Marines from Camp Lejeune, NC pulled in a 14 foot, 700 pound tiger shark while fishing with Fish Hook Charter off the coast of North Myrtle Beach.

According to Myrtle Beach Online, they landed the shark approximately 3 miles out and were in about 35 feet of water.  The group was in N. Myrtle Beach for a bachelor party.

Once the group landed the massive shark, they tied a rope around its tail and then towed it backwards until it drowned. Ronnie Atkinson of Fish Hook Charter told Myrtle Beach Online that South Carolina law allows anglers to keep one shark per boat if it is over 54 inches in length.

We should note that in our opinion, the weight estimate doesn't seem quite right for a 14 foot tiger shark. With a tiger shark that size, we would expect it to weigh at least 1,000 pounds.

Walter Maxwell world record tiger shark
In 1964, Walter Maxwell of Charlotte, NC landed a record sized 1,780 pound tiger shark while fishing off the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier in North Myrtle Beach.  That shark was also measured at 14 feet. It should be noted that most piers today, including Cherry Grove, no longer permit shark fishing.

In an unrelated story, the tiger shark shown in the below video was caught and then released off the coast of Myrtle Beach, SC just last month.  The video was posted by Tom Cushman.