Three Land 475-pound Shark in Chesapeake BayAP , Associated Press
Aug. 12, 1985 3:20 PM ET
SANDY POINT STATE PARK, MD. SANDY POINT STATE PARK, Md. (AP) _ Three fishermen hauled a 91/2 -foot-long, 475-pound shark from the Chesapeake Bay after a three-hour struggle.
Robert Arndt, 32, Douglas Stover, 28, and Glenn Hardy, 35, were fishing a mile off Sandy Point at about 3 a.m. Sunday when the bull shark bit.
''I was about to sit down in my 14-foot bass boat to light a cigarette when - wham 3/8 - the shark took the bait,'' Arndt said.
The shark, which dived to about 60 feet, pulled out nearly 200 yards of metal line in less than eight seconds, he said.
''None of us could believe what was happening,'' he added.
Jeffrey Ruark, a ranger at the park near Annapolis, said, ''We seldom see sharks that big.'' But he added that sharks are not uncommon that far into the bay, especially when a lack of rain makes the bay saltier.
Arndt, Stover and Hardy said they fought the shark until dawn as it headed south from near the Bay Bridge toward Annapolis and the open water.
''We didn't have those fancy chairs you find on ocean-going fishing boats where people sit and place the fishing rod in a metal tube,'' Arndt said.
''Instead, I had to kneel in the stern and hold on for dear life while one of the other guys steered the boat and the other waited for the shark to tire.''
When it finally slowed after about five miles, the men realized their next problem would be getting nearly 91/2 feet of shark into a 14-foot boat.
''When we saw what we had and how big it was, we could hardly speak,'' Arndt said.
Still, they managed to get a rope around the shark's head, and killed it with four shots from a .357-caliber Magnum handgun, he said.
Park rangers at Sandy Point helped the three maneuver the shark onto a floating dock, from which they were able to dump it into the boat. Once they were ashore, a tow truck hoisted the shark onto Arndt's pickup truck.
Arndt said the shark will be cast in a mold by a taxidermist.