Brett Rutledge just seems to have a knack for catching big bull sharks.
The Mobile man turned in an entry to the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo on Saturday for a bull shark that weighed in at 276 pounds, 14 ounces. If that catch had held the top spot on the leaderboard through the end of the rodeo Tuesday, Rutledge would have taken home a $20,000 prize.
Not content to rest on his laurels, Rutledge headed into the Rodeo on Monday with a bigger prize: A bull shark weighing in at 354 pounds, 4 ounces, beating his own record of two days by 77 pounds.
He was about 40 miles out, he said, but wouldn’t divulge the location. That’s his honey hole.
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“I hooked the fish about 4:30 a.m. and we got him in the boat about 6 a.m.,” Rutledge said. “I think we’re done with the tournament. It’s always awesome to come over here and fish it.”
The shark has to be certified through the Department of Marine Resources.