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Mako shark caught in New Jersey breaks record, officials say

BRIELLE, N.J. -- A fishing crew has reeled in a 926-pound Mako shark, and New Jersey officials say it's the biggest shark catch in the state's history.

The boat's crew was fishing about 100 miles off the coast in an area known as Hudson Canyon on Saturday. The shark was weighed and displayed in Brielle later that day.

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Kevin Gerrity, captain of the boat, says they didn't think they could manage to catch the shark. It took over two hours to pull it aboard.

The New Jersey Division Fish and Wildlife says the previous record weight for a shark caught was an 880-pound tiger shark caught off Cape May in 1988.

Hudson Canyon is populated by a number of large fish, and has produced multiple record setting fish catches.

From left, Mark Miccio, Matt Miccio and Steve Miccio pose for a photo with a 926-pound Mako shark at Hoffmann Marina in Brielle, N.J., July 22, 2017, in a photo provided by Jenny Lee Sportfishing.
From left, Mark Miccio, Matt Miccio and Steve Miccio pose for a photo with a 926-pound Mako shark at Hoffmann Marina in Brielle, N.J., July 22, 2017, in a photo provided by Jenny Lee Sportfishing. Jenny Lee Sportfishing via AP
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