26-year-old Texan Avery Fuller has just landed a long-standing goal: catching a gargantuan tiger shark the size of his father’s prize some 35 years prior.
Texas City native Avery Fuller rang in July of 2021 by knocking a 1,000-pound item off his bucket list. And at age 26 or 86, it’s a remarkable prize.
Together with his brothers Tyler and Clint, Avery set off the coast aboard his Mako Boat. When about 40 miles off the Galveston Shore he would land a monster.
There, Avery would land himself a 1,004-pound tiger shark. The apex predator measured in at 12-feet long, and is an incredibly impressive angle.
Fuller tells MySanAntonio he’s been hoping for a catch like this ever since his father brought in a 1,080-pound behemoth of the same species nearly 35 years prior.
“I’ve accomplished a goal of mine that I’ve had for a long time,” Avery tells the local trade. “I finally caught a Tiger Shark over 1,000 pounds on my Mako Boat just like my dad did in his Mako.”
His father may have him beat by 76-pounds, but this puts no damper on Avery’s parade. Instead, he’s ecstatic to continue the family legacy. He did so after a 25-minute fight to reel the gargantuan shark in, then tie it up.
In Texas, sharks must surpass a 63-inch minimum requirement to legally catch and harvest. Avery did just that (by a landslide). As such, he says “We harvested the fish, and kept its jaws as well.”
From there, “The fish [meat] was given away to many people,” with plenty of local Texans enjoying the spoils of Fuller’s remarkable trophy.
Tiger Sharks Outgrow Even This Texan’s Titan
Catching a fish of any species over 1,000 pounds is incredible in itself. Avery’s specimen is a beast, to be sure. Yet tiger sharks can surpass the size of his and his father’s catch quite substantially – almost doubling them in size and weight.
Astonishingly, the International Game and Fish Association (IGFA) cites the record size for a tiger shark at 1,785-pounds. This specimen was caught in 2004 off the coast of Australia.
While the Fuller’s trophies may not approach this number, they aren’t far off from their home state’s record. The Texas state record came in 1992 by one Chap Cain III. His tiger shark was almost 14-feet long, weighing in at 1,129 pounds.
As for the species at large in North America, one legendary catch outweighs them all. In 1964, Walter Maxwell would bring in a 1,780 monster of a tiger shark from a South Carolina ocean pier. He missed the IGFA world record by 5-pounds.
Sadly, the tiger shark itself holds a bad reputation amongst ocean dwellers. Shark attacks on humans are uncommon, but this species in particular is believed to be responsible for a major portion of fatal shark attacks. While the tiger is held as one of the most dangerous species alongside the great whites, the bite rate still remains low in comparison to their numbers.