If he didn't have the video to prove it, it'd seem like the ultimate big-fish story: A San Diego fisherman accidentally caught a juvenile great white shark on a fly rod while fishing off the coast of La Jolla. Taking a great white shark in California is illegal, so the fisherman let the shark go. But not before capturing video proof:
Does it strike anyone else as fishy that the man who caught the shark, Jeff Patterson, just happens to be a director of sales for reel manufacturer Abel Automatics? Seems like a pretty fantastic advertising coincidence to me.
"The grab was instantaneous, and the shark cooperated with a quick left turn to allow the proper hook set," said Patterson.
I'll say—I bet the shark was in on the deal from the start.