Published On: Jul 19 2013 06:35:35 PM EDTUpdated On: Jul 19 2013 06:41:17 PM EDT
17-year-olds Jordan Crabb, left, and Jesse Alexander set up to shark fish off of a beach in Sanibel on July 17.
Crabb kayaked the bait out about 75 yards off the beach. Within 3 minutes, the boys saw that they had a fish on the line.
Alexander reeled in the first 30 minutes and Jordan Crabb reeled in the last hour. The boys took turns holding onto each other as the other reeled so that they would not get pulled in.
A crowd of about 100 people gathered on the beach to see what the boys had caught and it was not until dark that Jordan had reeled the sawfish close enough to identify it.
It took the teens, their fathers and friends to bring the approximately 14 foot and over 350 pound sawfish close enough to shore to release it. A sawfish is an endangered species and the Florida Wildlife Commission was notified.