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Zachery Seltz and his groomsmen landed this nearly 9-foot bull shark on a bachelor party trip to High Island in Galveston, TX. (Source: Zachery Seltz/KPRC/CNN) Zachery Seltz and his groomsmen landed this nearly 9-foot bull shark on a bachelor party trip to High Island in Galveston, TX. (Source: Zachery Seltz/KPRC/CNN)

GALVESTON, TX (KPRC/CNN) - A bachelor party full of anglers landed a giant shark just shy of the Texas state record Tuesday.

Zachery Seltz and his groomsmen found a thrill from a dangerous fish when they reeled in the nearly 9-foot bull shark along the shores of High Island in Galveston.

"Some people keep saying this is a good omen for the marriage, and I'm like, 'I'll take it,'" Seltz chuckled.

The area recently gained a small reputation for the aggressive bull shark after a 12-year-old boy lost his foot, and a woman had her leg ripped open while on vacation.

But Seltz said having respect for a shark known to be aggressive can lead to a safe and successful experience.

"You shouldn't demonize the shark," Seltz said. "You're in their territory."

While Texas Parks and Wildlife officials say shark attacks are rare, they do note they're most likely to happen in the early morning and late afternoon hours.

That's just the time when the crew of guys went on the hunt. After catching five sharks on their trip, they landed their monster.

The monster fish has given the guys their own big fish story, but it hasn't spoiled Seltz appetite for sharks. After the honeymoon, he plans to be back in Galveston looking for more sharks.

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