An Illinois dentist snagged what might be the biggest lemon shark ever caught in state waters when he hauled in a 380-pound monster Thursday after a 30-minute struggle off Hilton Head Island.
"It was a fight; it really was," said Dr. Stephen Lieson. "I had back spasms in the end. It took half an hour with me and my son both fighting it. And he's a weightlifter, which definitely came in handy."
Amy Dukes, a fisheries biologist with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, said her agency will confirm whether the shark is a state record, but the process is basically a formality. Within the next few weeks, the shark will be checked by a state biologist and weighed on a certified scale, she said.
The current record lemon shark is 370 pounds, held by R.L. Price of Charleston, according to the DNR website.
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