Super Salmon Shark Catch Update: Fisherman is Maricopa County Employee

The Homer News in Alaska last night covered Scottsdale resident Joe Pinto's catch of a 575-pound salmon shark on Monday, giving some more details -- including the fun factoid that Pinto's an environmental planner for the Maricopa County Department of Transportation.

A few seconds of Googling reveals that he's also the president of the local chapter of the National Association of Environmental Professionals.

He certainly knows how to enjoy the environment, dragging the monster fish aboard after an "hour-long struggle" and eating some of it at the charter boat's office:

We threw some butter and pepper on it and it was good - kind of like a fishy halibut," said Pinto.

The Arizona Republic just published an even better article about Pinto a few minutes ago:

Scottsdale man lands Jaws Jr. on Alaska fishing trip

Bet he's on a major morning news show by next week.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.