Illinois dentist lands big fish in SC waters

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - An Illinois dentist has snagged a 380-pound lemon shark while fishing off the coast of South Carolina.

Stephen Liesen of Quincy, Ill., needed 30 minutes to reel in the fish thought to be the largest lemon shark ever caught in South Carolina waters.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head Island reports that the state Natural Resources Department will check and weigh the shark on a certified scale to verify the record. The agency's web site lists the record at 370 pounds caught by R.L. Price of Ladson in 2002.

An avid sports fisherman, Liesen calls Thursday's catch "the fish of a lifetime."

The Florida Museum of Natural History web site says lemon sharks are named for their yellow-brown coloring and are among the larger species of sharks, at eight to 10 feet long.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)