HUGE SHARK MAY HAVE SET MARK
A 528-pound blue shark, an apparent record
catch for the species, was hauled in Thursday by Joe Siedel
(not in photo), mate David Cortes, left, and captain Art Cortes
on the charter boat Halfback.
The shark was hooked above a wreck about 35 miles southeast
of Montauk Point and the battle went on for 2 1/2 hours. At
one point, the shark tore off about 200 yeards of 80-pound
The international Game Fish Association will decide whether
this catch eclipses a 454-pound blue shark caught in 1996
off Martha's Vineyard.
Art Cortes was about to release this catch when his son,
David, suggested it might be a world record. "I didn't
know sharks came the big."
Art Cortes said. In July, Cortes caught a 350-pound blue
shark while drifting over the same wreck during a tournament.