300lb 8ft flying shark leaps into New Jersey fishing boat stunning anglers and then stays alive for two hours
Two New Jersey fishermen were out on the open seas when a big one very nearly caught them!
Clint Simek and Tom Rostron Jr. were on the Atlantic Ocean 40 miles south of New York City when an 8-foot shark grabbed one of their baits and pounced aboard their small craft.
The duo were paralysed by fear and ended up cowering in the aft of their 30ft boat whilst the ferocious shark began violently thrashing around on deck.
With the fish's two inch teeth clear for them to see, the sailors decided to wait until the fish began to tire before tying it up.
In the meantime, the frenetic shark began eating everything in sight including cushions, speakers and even the boats decking through which water began to seep.
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Just dropping in: Two fishermen had the fright of their lives after an 8ft 300lb Mako Shark landed on the bow of their boat off the New Jersey coast
The duo were out looking for spots to hold a shark-fishing tournament later in the the year when the shark pounced on deck.
'It was epic. He back flipped right in,' said Clint of Brielle, New Jersey. 'It's real early in the season for sharks. Usually, you don't go shark fishing with only two guys in a boat,' said his partner Tom, who was equally in awe when he spoke.
'Clint and I wanted to pre-fish the tournaments. We had no intentions of boating the biggest fish we ever have.'
Mr Rostron told APP that had a third person been on board they could well have been killed by the shark.
Earlier in the day they had caught and released 14 blue sharks.
Jaws: Tom Rostron alongside the eight-foot, four-inch, Mako shark that jumped into the Manasquan-based boat TNT
By the afternoon, everything was calm on the open water with no swell or drift.
'At 3:30, this big thing comes into the slick,' Clint said.
The fish swam by the side of the boat and starting getting aggressive, eating all the balloons that marked their baits.
'We were trying to feed bait to him. I reeled up our deep rod and felt him eat the bait and as soon as he felt the hook, he shot 15 feet in the air.'
The Mako Sharks are known for jumping. The fish jumped five times and on the fourth leap landed two feet from the bow spraying the anglers with water.
Shaken by a shark: Tom and Clint together back in port in Manasquan. The shark proceeded to eat their boat and took two hours to die
After circling the boat one final time, the 303-pound shark flew out of the water landing straight in the boat.
'At first we were in shock when he was in the boat. There's fear he's going to kill you 'cause his teeth are chewing everything in the boat. Then he started thrashing and we were like 'Oh My God, we have a big problem. This thing is going to eat us,' Tom said.
The whole incident happened shockingly quickly with just 25 seconds passing from the time the shark grabbed the bait until the time it was on board.
Once onboard it became extremely aggressive began to devour anything in its path including two broomsticks, cushions, and speakers before the two men were able to subdue it with a gaff and rope. The shark stayed alive for two hours.
Smiling now: But Tom (pictured) and Clint both feared for their lives at one point as the angry 8ft shark thrashed about wildly eating everything in sight on their 30ft fishing vessel
'We stood in the back for a half hour before I gaffed it and Clint tied the tail,' Tom said. 'Then we wedged it into the side of the boat.'
'Pretty amazing,' Tom said about the catch. 'Probably never going to happen again in our lives.'
Three days after the brush with the shark, Tom and Clint showed the broomstick - now in two pieces - and where the teeth gash marks, some as long as three inches, occurred in their boat.
Jackpot: Tom Rostron Jr. and Clint Simek both from New Jersey were looking for good places to go shark fishing for an upcoming tournament but both believe they'll never hook a big fish than this beast
They also held onto the head of the shark, and intend to preserve the jawbone and teeth.
'It's missing a few teeth,' said Clint 'We found one in the boat that was an inch and a half long.'
The damage to the boat will cost $5,000 for a professional to fix.
'I would like to leave the teeth marks in, like a badge of honor,' he said. 'But the floor marks have to be fixed or water will leak through. They have to be filled and fiberglass has to be re-applied.'