Texas man catches 12.5-foot tiger shark at Padre Island National Seashore

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A Texas man set a new personal best last weekend after reeling in a 12.5 foot tiger shark at the Padre Island National Seashore.

Christian Haltermann reeled in a 12.5-foot tiger shark while fishing at the Padre Island National Seashore with his son in May 2022.
Christian Haltermann reeled in a 12.5-foot tiger shark while fishing at the Padre Island National Seashore with his son in May 2022.

Christian Haltermann, 36, of Kyle, Texas, was on a weekend fishing trip with his 8-year-old son when he caught the shark. Haltermann learned to fish at the park with his dad and returns about twice a month.

Haltermann loaded up his custom 9-foot rods, kayaked about 1,000 yards and dropped his bait, a 10-pound stingray, into the water. He returned to shore and waited for a bite.

Christian Haltermann reeled in a 12.5-foot tiger shark while fishing at the Padre Island National Seashore with his son in May 2022.
Christian Haltermann reeled in a 12.5-foot tiger shark while fishing at the Padre Island National Seashore with his son in May 2022.

"(Last) Saturday evening we got picked up at about 7 p.m. and I instantly knew it was a monster," Haltermann said. "We knew it was a big one for sure."

After about two and a half hours of fighting, Haltermann sent his son to recruit the help of two nearby campers.

As a NOAA volunteer, Haltermann takes measurements and collects data on the sharks he catches before tagging and releasing back into the water. He determined that the shark was a female.

"I don't ever want to remove them from the water because the priority is getting released," Haltermann said. "We got the hooks removed, took a couple quick pictures and sent her on her way, but she was super lively and she swam off real strong."

Christian Haltermann reeled in a 12.5-foot tiger shark while fishing at the Padre Island National Seashore with his son in May 2022.
Christian Haltermann reeled in a 12.5-foot tiger shark while fishing at the Padre Island National Seashore with his son in May 2022.

The catch set a personal record for Haltermann, who plans to return to the beach soon.

"I have quite a few tiger sharks over the 10-foot mark and even more over the 9 foot, but nothing over 12," Haltermann said. "That was a new benchmark that we were trying to achieve and it's so cool that we got that."

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