'Like hooking an elephant': SC fisherman hooks, tags massive great white shark

Photo Courtesy: Outcast Sport Fishing Facebook

HILTON HEAD, S.C. — A Hilton Head fisherman said he tagged the largest great white shark in the Atlantic just a few miles off the South Carolina coast last weekend.

Chip Michalove, owner and operator of Outcast Sport Fishing, posted about his record-breaking discovery Saturday on his business Facebook page.

"It's such a massive fish, it's like hooking an elephant and then putting the brakes on it," said Michalove.

Insane day. Largest male white shark tagged in the Atlantic. Almost as wide as the boat. Better shots coming.

Posted by Outcast Sport Fishing on Friday, January 18, 2019

Our news partners at WCIV said Michalove has worked with researchers to hook and tag great white sharks in the Atlantic Ocean for the past four winters.

In a Facebook post, Michalove said he hooked seven great white sharks and tagged four of them in one day.

"Can't believe this place is so loaded," he posted.

Amazing day. Hooked 7, tagged 4. I haven't seen a great white shark in over a month. We had a cold snap mid-Dec and...

Posted by Outcast Sport Fishing on Saturday, January 19, 2019

Michalove said he's tagged a total of 20 great white sharks in his 20 years of fishing.

"We put the highest level of technology tags on them—these tags monitor the water depth, the water temperature and the shark's track—it just gives you a ton of information," he said.

Michalove names some of the sharks he tags. He said he named the second shark he hooked Saturday Charli, after a great friend’s 11-year-old daughter who died in a car accident last summer.

Michalove said people shouldn't be hesitant to swim because the sharks are always found several miles offshore.

All of the sharks are released.

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