Panhandle fisherman report increase in big sharks

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) - Panhandle fisherman say they are seeing more and more super-sized sharks in the northern Gulf this spring.

In Destin, Capt. Curt Gwin caught a 668-pound mako shark on April 10. On April 2, two men from Milton caught an 11-foot, 805-pound short fin mako. That shark could set a world record.

Okaloosa County commissioner and boat captain Kelly Windes tells The Northwest Florida Daily News that this spring has seen an unusual number of really big sharks.

Earlier this month, another man caught a 720-pound mako shark off the waters of Destin.

Experts say part of the reason fisherman are seeing the big sharks now is the eastward cobia migration. Most of the fisherman were targeting the cobia when they snagged the big sharks.


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