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Steve Fernandez had a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Sunday (22 June) when he reeled in a juvenile great white shark.

According to the New York Post, the 29-year-old was just a mile off Rockaway Beach in New York when he and his friends spotted the fish.

“As soon as we saw it, there’s no mistaking it. It’s basically a miniature version of the shark you see in the movie ‘Jaws’,” remarked Fernandez.

He had seen great whites, but never so near to the beach.

This native of Breezy Point ended up reeling in a 36kg baby great white shark, with the mother swimming a little farther away.

Since New York state regulations protect great white sharks, the giant fish was returned to the water after tagging and a couple of photographs by Fernandez and his fishing buddies.

However, the anglers did not return to shore empty-handed.

Their haul included five other sharks, including common thresher and blue sharks.

The only catch Fernandez kept from the fishing trip was a 136kg thresher which he plans to cook at summer barbecues.

Despite his devoted fishing lifestyle, the passionate fisherman rarely brings home what he catches.

“I don’t really keep many fish, I mostly just like reeling them in,” he said.

“It’s the thrill of the hunt.”

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