Fisherman gets big surprise when he catches 5-foot shark at Lake Pontchartrain _lowres

A fisherman at Lake Pontchartrain recently caught a 5-foot shark at the mouth of Bayou Liberty and Bonfouca. The lake hosts a seasonal population of bull sharks. ORG XMIT: MJbDdnnl0oNSxzdsHJWf

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A fisherman at Lake Pontchartrain recently caught more than he bargained for: a 5-foot shark.

The fisherman, who caught the shark at the mouth of Bayou Liberty and Bonfouca, told officials at St. Tammany Parish that he has fished at that spot for 26 years and never seen one before.

Last August, a 7-year-old boy was swimming in Lake Pontchartrain near South Shore Harbor when he was bitten by a shark. The lake hosts a seasonal population of bull sharks, although shark bites are extremely rare.

See the St. Tammany Parish Facebook post here.