Wheelchair bound teen reels in 250 pound shark

FLORIDA – Matt Sechrist does not have legs and is wheelchair bound as a result, but that didn’t stop him reeling in a 250 pound shark while he was fishing on Tuesday

The 19 year old brought the shark in with the help of Ed Parrish of the Florida Forest Service. Parrish dropped bait in the water off of Vilano beach and set up the rods with pin reels on the shore.


Little did they know at the time that a lemon shark would take the bait and after an hour long battle trying to wear it down they would finally bring it in onto the shore.

When the teen was reeling in the shark, he put the brakes on his wheelchair while family friends held onto it for support. After taking some photos with the shark they then released it back into the ocean.

Lemon sharks are typically 8-10 ft long and Sechrist says that it is a memory that he will keep forever.

In April, a 13.5-foot great white shark was caught and released off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. I caught a sea bass off the coast of Kerry in Ireland once.

What do you guys think about this? How impressive is it that he was able to reel it on to shore? How would you react if you ended up catching a shark while fishing? Let us know in the comments below.

– Mark


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