VIDEO: Fisherman hooks great white shark off San Clemente pier

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A fisherman off the San Clemente pier was in for quite a surprise when his line caught a great white shark. The rare sight was captured on cellphone video. (Penny Novak)

A fisherman off the San Clemente pier was in for quite a surprise when his line caught a great white shark. The rare sight was captured on cellphone video.

The footage shows the shark struggling to get free from the fisherman's line with a hook lodged in its mouth, its head out of water and its mouth open.

The shark managed to break the line with a quick snap of its head and it swam away after about 15 minutes.

Experts say it would have been virtually impossible to haul the shark in.

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