Jaws versus bare hands — a fish tale like no other as guys grab shark by the tail


What started as a day of pompano fishing, finished with a 277.7-pound bull shark. Standing from left are Cody Harlan and Robert Trutt. Kneeling in front is Jonathan Cook.

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 12:31 PM.

No hook, no line, no sinker — no lie.

Using just their bare hands, Cody Harlan, Jonathan Cook and Robert Trutt hauled in a 277.7-pound bull shark Thursday morning.

"It was stupid, but a good memory," said Cook recounting the details of how they got the shark to the beach. "Leave it to three rednecks."

Cody and Robert of Fort Walton Beach along with Jonathan of Mary Esther hit Princess Beach on Okaloosa Island Thursday morning about 7 in search of pompano.

"I had a 750 Penn and an 850 Penn with 20-pound test," Cody said.

However, the three never wet a line.

Once they hit the beach, "We saw what looked like a piece of driftwood in the water," Robert said.

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