As reported on www.theglobeandmail.com:
SYDNEY, Australia — A man who caught a 1.3 -metre shark with his bare hands off an Australian beach said Friday that he tried the feat only because he was drunk on vodka.
Bricklayer Phillip Kerkhof was fishing for squid with a few friends off a jetty at Louth Bay, a town on South Australia state’s Eyre Peninsula, on Monday night when he spotted the bronze whaler shark swimming in the shallows, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.
“I just snuck up behind him, and eventually I went for the big grab and I fluked it and got him, Mr. Kerkhof said.
“He was just thrashing around in the water … starting to turn around and try to bite me and I thought ‘Well, it’s amazing what vodka does,’ Kerkhof said. “When I sobered up I thought about it and I said, ‘I’m a bit of an idiot for doing it.’