RADAR: Watch live radar as thunderstorms move into Oklahoma

Florida teens reel in massive endangered sawfish


SANIBEL, Fla. — Talk about a big fish. Two teenage fishermen spending the week on Sanibel caught a 350-pound endangered sawfish.

The two teens from Ormand Beach say they fish almost every day, whether they’re at home or on vacation. They had a feeling they may catch something big on Wednesday night, but never thought they’d snag a sawfish.

These fishermen are calling it the catch of a lifetime — and they’re only 17-years-old.

“For the rest of my life, best catch ever,” said fisherman Jesse Alexander.

Alexander and Jordan Crabb are visiting Sanibel for the week with their families. On Wednesday night they were trying to catch something big, maybe a shark, but what they caught was a 14-foot, 350-pound endangered sawfish.

“It’s insane we had no plan on catching a sawfish,” Crabb said.

Jordan took half a Spanish mackerel out about 75 feet to use as bait.

“We were about to kayak another rod out and we looked over and the other rod was going off,” Alexander said.

The sawfish was hooked, but it was a battle to bring it in.

“We weren’t gonna lose that fish, we didn’t want to lose it,” Alexander said.

Read More: