Fisherman catches ultra-rare fish in Florida

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 2:21pm

A Florida man has quite a fish tale to tell. He reeled in a whopper off Boynton Beach and has the pictures to prove it.

"The kingfish almost took all the line out of my reel, those fish are very strong and put up a good fight," said Dustin Richter.

The fight doesn't even compare to what Richter caught early Sunday morning. Richter and four of his buddies headed out to the Boynton Beach inlet and reeled in the catch of a lifetime.

"We got in close, and it didn't seem that big then we saw the entire fish, and then we saw the entire fish and saw it was huge, and the fight was on," Richter told WPTV.

A fight, ritcher said lasted more than a hour. Richter hooked a sawfish.

"Oh my God, its a saw shark, that's the first thing I thought. The rarest species of all, we never even seen one in person, pictures or anything."

Sawfish are shark-like fish with a long, thin snout covered in razor-sharp teeth. The snout looks like a saw. They are endangered. It's rare to snag one.

"He was just so powerful, just so strong of a fish, it's like he wasn't even hooked, he kept swimming out it was like he wasn't even on our line," said the fisherman.

The line is cut, the shark is turned carefully, and it ultimately it swims away.

"Just incredible, that's the word I've been saying, it's like we are going to remember this for the rest of our lives."   

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