VIDEO: Baited, then a switch

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The angler knew he had hooked a big one as he strained to pull the leviathan to the surface.

“What do we got?” the guide asks. “Lift him up.”

Suddenly, reeling in the line mysteriously grew much easier. When the hook eventually reached the surface, all questions were answered.

“I think we’ll go in and watch this video,” the guide says. “Change of endings. That was pretty awesome.”

The incident occurred in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands. The shark was identified by the guide from Captain Bucko’s Fishing charters as a small great white — a rarity for those waters.