"It was intense. Three hours of fighting and we landed him, thank God," Egitto told the Advance. "It was nuts; I'm just baffled."
Egitto, who was driving the boat, said he had to rotate the vessel to counter the shark's power, the newspaper reported.
"As the shark pulled down, you felt your body weight go light. A couple of times the shark pulled Frank so hard when he was strapped into the harness that he stumbled into the back of the boat," Egitto told the Advance. "It's crazy, it's literally man versus beast."
The catch was impressive but not a state record for thresher sharks, WCBS reported. According to the website of the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife, a 683-pound shark was caught in 2009 by Bennett Fogelberg.