Texas woman catches 6-foot shark on Surfside beach


At Surfside Beach, smack dab between Galveston and Matagorda, Lauren Biggers was fishing in the surf with a mullet swimming about “400 yards out,” according to a Facebook post.

That’s when the 6-foot blacktip shark struck — the mullet, fortunately.

Biggers, who lives in the Conroe area, according to her Facebook page, was able to reel in the shark, much to the amazement of those around her on the beach.

One bystander caught the moment on video.

In her July 7 post, Biggers wrote that it was her first shark and it fought well as she brought it in: “Thank God for CrossFit, I’d never been able to do it!”

Blacktip sharks are common in the temperate Gulf of Mexico and can reach lengths of up to 9 feet, though five feet is more common.

Fishing for sharks is entirely legal — Texas has a limit of one shark per day per angler — and blacktip sharks are said to make good eating. However, Biggers released her shark back into the gulf.


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