07/13/2011 06:09 pm ET | Updated Sep 12, 2011

Kayaker Catches Shark, Fish Fights Back (VIDEO)

David Saldamando is an extreme kayaking fisherman.

But even this was a bit much for him.

The Californian is used to scoring big fish from his little vessel, but rarely does the fight to capture a shark take him to the water.

The incident, which was caught on camera (you can see it below), had Saldmando literally wrangling the thrashing shark with his hands. At points, the shark's teeth are just inches from his feet and Achilles tendon.

This shark was not going down without a fight. Though it did finally succumb to the kayaker's brute strength, it doesn't appear that this was an instance of shark-finning, or an illegal act.