Shark jumps into boat. For real.

Jason Kresse and his self catching shark (Photo: AP/Jason Kresse)

Jason Kresse and his self catching shark (Photo: AP/Jason Kresse)

Don’t know if you heard about this one…a shark actually jumped into a fisherman’s boat while he was throwing chum into the water.  Now that’s a good day of fishing.  But, we just have this cartoon in our head of the scene once the shark actually jumped into the boat.  Something like this: Jason said, “Dude, a shark just jumped into the boat!”  Jason’s friend, “Your joking.”  Jason, “Nope.”  Jason’s friend, “OK, now what? You go get him and put him into the fish cooler.”  Jason: “Ummm, wait a minute.  This may be a little more difficult then I originally thought.”

The story:

FREEPORT, TEXAS — It’s the catch of a lifetime, but it’s not clear whether a Texas fisherman landed an 8-foot shark or it landed him.

Jason Kresse, 29, of Freeport, and two crew members had been fishing for red snapper about 50 miles into the Gulf of Mexico and were dumping fish guts into the water about 3:45 a.m. Monday when they heard two big splashes in the distance.

“All of a sudden something hit the side of the boat,” Kresse told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “He ends up landing on the back of the boat.”

The mako shark had apparently been in a rush to feed. It began thrashing around, and Kresse said he and his crew couldn’t get close to the 375-pound fish to toss it back in the water. It damaged the boat before dying several hours later.

Kresse, who has been fishing since he was a child, said the unplanned catch was a shock. Just unloading it was a challenge because it was so heavy.

“We had to use a forklift to get it off the boat when we got to the dock,” Kresse said.

The crew didn’t have a permit to catch sharks, so Kresse contacted federal fisheries officials on shore to get one. Mike Cox, a spokesman with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, said there’s no violation because the shark’s death was an accident.

The shark is on display at a seafood business in Freeport, about 55 miles south of Houston.

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