ORLEANS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) – A man made an amazing catch while fishing at Nauset Beach in Orleans on Sunday.
Matt Pieciak was in the middle of a game of corn hole when he saw his fishing rod, which was propped up in the sand, getting tugged on by something in the water.
After playing tug of war for a bit, Pieciak noticed a pair of sharp fins breaching the water, roughly 50 yards from the beach.
“This big, gray shadow was right where the line went into the line went into the water – way too big to be a seal,” he told The Boston Globe.
Pieciak soon realized that he hooked a Great White Shark. He estimated it to be at least twelve feet long.
It did not take long for the shark to get free and swim back out into the ocean.
Pieciak credits this catch to the bait he had already thrown into the water in hopes of catching something else. However, he said this incident was different from most shark encounters.
”What’s crazy about this was how close to the beach it was,” he told The Globe, "we spent the whole week surfing right where that happened.”
This comes only a few days after a boater captured video of a shark about a quarter-mile off Nauset Beach, according to WBZ-TV. The sighting was even confirmed by Sharktivity – an app that tracks Great White sightings in Massachusetts waters.
As someone who grew up visiting Cape Cod, Pieciak advised others to be alert of any shark sightings as well as follow proper safety guidelines.