This fisherman documented the catch of a lifetime on video, as he caught a massive sawfish, which measured 17-feet long and is estimated to weigh over 700-pounds. The sawfish is critically endangered, and is a close relative to both rays and sharks, the sawfish can be extremely dangerous to anglers once they are hooked because they wildly swing their toothed bill in self defense. The YouTube page on which this video is posted contains instruction on what to do if you ever hook a sawfish:
YouTube WHAT TO DO IF YOU HOOK A SAWFISH
1. The safety of the angler comes first
2. Keep the sawfish in the water at all times.
3. Document an estimated length of the fish.
4. Look for any tags or scars that may be on the fish.
5. Get the GPS coordinates of the location where you hooked the fish.
6. Always try to remove the hook, but if you are concerned about your safety, you should cut the line as close to the hook as possible
7. Anglers are permitted to take a photo of the sawfish, but it must remain in the water at all times.
8. The top of the sawfish head must remain in the water at all times. Sawfish take in water through their spiracles which are located on the top of the head.
9. Call the sawfish hotline after you released the fish.
10. Email all data to Sawfish@MyFWC.com and include the following:
Name, Date of encounter and Email address
11. You are permitted to post a sawfish photo online, but it must meet the sawfish handling requirements.