Florida fisherman reels in a rare sawfish

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WPTV/CNN) – A Florida man has quite a fish tale to tell.

He reeled in a whopper off Boynton Beach and has the pictures to prove it.

It was a pretty good day out on the boat for Dustin Richter.

“The kingfish almost took all the line out of my reel, those fish are very strong and put up a good fight,” Richter said.

But the fight doesn’t even compare to what Richter caught early Sunday morning. Richter and 4 of his buddies headed out to the Boynton Beach inlet.

And they reeled in the catch of a lifetime.

“We got in close, and it didn’t seem that big then we saw the entire fish, and then we saw the entire fish and saw it was huge, and the fight was on,” Richter said.

A fight, Ritcher says, lasted more than a hour. Richter hooked a sawfish.

“Oh my god its a saw shark, that’s the first thing I thought, the rarest species of all, we never even seen one in person, pictures or anything,” Richter said.

Sawfish are shark-like fish with a long, thin snout covered in razor-sharp teeth. The snout looks like a saw. They are endangered, and it’s rare to snag one.

“He was just so powerful, just so strong of a fish, its like he wasn’t even hooked, he kept swimming out it was like he wasn’t even on our line,” Richter said.

The line is cut, the shark is turned carefully, and it ultimately it swims away.

“Just incredible that’s the word I’ve been saying, its like we are going to remember this for the rest of our lives,” Richter said.

The sawfish was reportedly 11 feet long with a four-foot bill.

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