Despite perceptions, it's generally accepted that Jaws didn't result in greater mortality of most shark species. However, no great white was safe from the harpooner's iron and towing one into port would be sure to attract TV crews and result in a mass of publicity. Mundus may have been the greatest beneficiary of all. While fishing alongside a dead whale, Mundus fooled a great white into taking a string of fish on August 4, 1986. Captain Donnie Braddick, who had arrived at the whale earlier, jumped aboard the Cricket II and fought what turned out to be a 3,427-pound white-the largest fish ever caught on rod and reel. The IGFA eventually did not recognize the catch since the whale was basically being used as chum. When I took photos of the great fish lying in a bed of ice at Montauk Marine Basin the next morning, Mundus told me that the shark was the capper to his career.