Boy, 9, recalls catching blacktip shark


Well believe it or not, it happened again.

Nine-year-old Hunter Stevens and his dad, Kevin Stevens, were taken for another wild ride on their kayak in the Gulf of Mexico.p

And again, their amazing adventure was caught on camera.

The boy caught a blacktip shark Sunday about 600 yards off Jamaica Beach. You could hear in his voice not just the excitement but the intensity of that moment.

"This is the biggest one I've landed, daddy," he said.

For Hunter, it's not hunting, but fishing that he loves.

"Because I've been around fish my whole life," he told us. "I want to be a marine biologist when I grow up and its teaching me about marine biology."

Hunter and his father go kayaking all the time. They say this was his 50th shark to catch.

It was little, he said, but it was the largest he's ever hooked from his kayak.

"Five feet, that's longer than you are tall right?" we asked.

"Yeah," Hunter said.

"You're not scared at all?" we asked.

"No," he said.

Hunter had the video camera rolling last August when his father spent more than an hour reeling in a seven-foot blacktip in nearly the same location. This time, it was Hunter's turn.

"OK, I did it. We caught you, but were going to set you free," Hunter told the shark.

With the camera this time turned on Hunter, his father beamed with pride, knowing the boy is following in his footsteps.

"Shark Boy" Hunter, as some know him, isn't just hooking sharks. He's hooking us all.


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