Shark tales, bent rods and family wagers


Taylor McDaniel, 21, shows off a 25-pound dolphin she caught while fishing aboard the Finest Kind Thursday. "It jumped out of the water a couple of times," said McDaniel of Missouri. She won a bet with her brother for catching the biggest fish of the day.

Published: Friday, July 19, 2013 at 05:16 PM.

From fish tales to a little friendly wager, it's all in a day’s work at the fishing docks.

When Capt. Steve Hauesler and the crew aboard the First Light backed in Thursday afternoon, there was a lot of talk of a shark that got away.

Eleven-year-old Trent Gardiner of Kentucky wrangled with a shark for about 15 minutes.

"It felt like I was lifting a 1,000-pound weight," Gardiner said. "The pole was bent over very far. It looked like it was going to break any minute."

Young Gardiner got the 7-foot shark that was about 200 pounds close enough for a few photos, before it broke off. Although he didn't land the shark, he has quite a tale to tell when he gets back home.

In addition to the shark, the crew from Kentucky, Louisiana and Texas brought in mingo, white snapper, amberine, king mackerel and lane snapper.

Mississippi anglers aboard the Game On with Capt. Eric Thrasher brought in a limit of king mackerel along with several mingo and white snapper. Thrasher said they were trolling live bait down west for the mackerel.

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