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Texas fisherman involves a giant snapping turtle

Talk about once-in-a-lifetime catch. 

A Texas fisherman was involved in a giant snapping turtle while celebrating his Father's Day. 

Longview, Texas Longview Justin Bloomhall, 25, was on Sunday evening at around 7:30 pm with his father's three-year-old son Lakestin. We were fishing catfish on Lake Cherokee together. Michael Broomhall, Sr. and his fiancee dad James Elliott.

Broomhall told FoxNewsDigital that at first the catfish seemed to bite.

"Suddenly they disappeared," Bloomhall said.

Bloomhall, who has been fishing since the age of four or five, said he noticed traces of bubbles moving across the water.

He thought it was a big catfish, so he threw a fishing line into the water just in front of the trail. 

Bloomhall knows that when he realizes he has caught an alligator snapping turtle (an endangered species according to Texas Parks and Wildlife), he must let go of it. I did. 

"I went out to reach out into the water to grab his shell behind his head, and the line broke," Bloomhall said. rice field. 

The turtle was no longer in his line, but Bloomhall still wanted to unhook it from his mouth, so he said it could infect the turtle. rice field. 

To ensure that the turtle was taken to the shore, Bloomhall stepped into the water and grabbed the turtle's legs and tail. His father grabbed the belt loops on his pants. 

"He pulled me ashore and I pulled a turtle there, when I realized his true size and his age," Bloomhall said. I did.

Bloomhall estimates that alligator snapping turtles weigh between 150 and 160 pounds and may have been 100 years old.

Broomhall estimates the alligator snapping turtle weighed about 150 to 160 pounds.
Facebook / Justin Broomhall

"His eyes are like he was I had already begun to turn around vaguely. I would be blind, "Bloomhall said. 

The giant reptile also had a lot of scars, Bloomhall said. 

"It seemed like the crocodile was trying to pull the lump out of its tail," he said. "He had already lost a few little fingers."

After Bloomhall unhooked the turtle's mouth, he returned it to the lake. But Bloomhall hopes this isn't the last time they meet. 

"I look forward to seeing him in the next few years to see him go back to the wild and know he still lives in that cove. "Bloomhall said. "I just meet him in the wild and see how he behaves."

I heard from his grandfather about alligator snapping turtles, but Bloomhall has seen so far. I said there was nothing. 

Broomhall thinks the alligator snapping turtle was at least 100 years old, if not older. Broomhall noticed the animal's eyes were getting hazy, and it could've been blind.
Facebook / Justin Broomhall

They really are, it's unbelievable It was about, "he said. "And it got even cooler when father and son were there."

"Because he is my eldest son, I have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience with him." It was, "Bloomhall continued. 

Bloomhall said he was happy to share his catch with a larger audience.

"I'm from a small town. I'm a person who hasn't graduated from high school, and I've given my name to the world to show the world that there are still dinosaurs and others living in these lakes. It just makes me happy, "Bloomhall said.

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