Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ten-Year-Old Has Quite a Tale; Visitor from Arizona Hooks a Shark, Which Cut Leader, in St. Johns River

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Ten-Year-Old Has Quite a Tale; Visitor from Arizona Hooks a Shark, Which Cut Leader, in St. Johns River

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Byline: DAVID JOHNSON

Drew Scholes was in a slump.

The 10-year-old hadn't caught a fish in six months, and his great-uncle, Pat Murphy, was trying to help him break out of it.

Scholes was fishing with dead shrimp a few weeks ago in the St. Johns River near San Marco when he got a strange fish on the line.

"When he was halfway to reeling it in, the pole pulled down," said Murphy, a Jacksonville resident. "Then I saw a fish jump out of the water out of the corner of my eye, and I thought, 'Maybe it's a tarpon.'"

Murphy put down his tackle to help.

"When we got it up, we realized, 'That's a shark,'" Murphy said. "We got his whole body out of the water, but it was just a split second. He was twisting. His teeth cut the leader."

Murphy, an experienced angler, estimated that the shark was about 25 pounds. He described the shark as "compact, stocky, a fat little fish," to his brother, Stan Murphy, who once was a professional captain. …

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