SAN DIEGO - A Marine spoke with RTV6's sister station 10News on Tuesday about his amazing catch -- a great white shark -- which was all caught on camera.
It happened Oct. 27 off the coast of Camp Pendleton in California during a trip to the beach with his wife and daughter.
Marine Jeff Fangman just moved to California from the Gulf Coast and thought he'd do some fishing. His wife grabbed their daughter and their camera when he got a bite.
"The line just started rolling off the reel," Fangman said.
Fangman is an experienced shark fisherman, and in the gulf, he has pulled most everything out of the water.
"Bull sharks, tiger sharks, sandbar sharks, lemon sharks," he said.
But this is not the gulf.
"Lo and behold, it ended up being a great white," said Fangman.
He reeled in a young female great white shark. It is the first he has ever caught and to his knowledge, the first ever reeled in from the beach in the United States.
"Seeing it in the water was just ... it was almost mind-blowing," said Fangman. "It's taken several weeks to get the whole ordeal to sink in."
Great whites are illegal for fisherman to target, so Fangman got a few more seconds of video and dragged it back, hands on his head as his greatest catch swam away.
"Just still kind of elated about the moment," he said.
Fangman said the whole process took about 25 minutes and he was exhausted by the time he let the shark go.