Posted by Patrick on June 04, 2013 at 15:54:19:|
In Reply to: ..wounded posted by Brad on June 04, 2013 at 14:51:00:
A possible record-breaking shark has been caught just outside of the Los Angeles Harbor.
Angler Jason Johnston of Mesquite, Texas hauled in a 12-foot-long, 1,300-plus-pound shortfin mako shark Monday off the coast of Huntington Beach, KTLA reports.
It took Johnston, who was on a charter fishing trip run by Mako Matt’s and Breakaway Charters, more than two hours to reel in the monster catch.
“It’s unreal. This thing is definitely a killing machine. Any wrong step, I could have gone out of the boat and down to the bottom of the ocean,” Johnston said to KTLA in the video above.
“He took out a quarter-mile of line ... and five times he came out of the water over 20 feet,” he said. “It was amazing.”
The shark was being taken to a weigh yard in Gardena to be certified by a weigh master, reports KTLA. It was expected to be donated for research.
As his group waited to hear whether the shark was indeed a record breaker, Johnston said the fishermen would head back out to sea Tuesday.
Last summer, environmentalists harshly criticized a group of fishermen who hooked an 800-pound mako shark off the coast of Marina del Rey. The angler told Marina Del Rey Patch that his group either consumed or froze the shark's meat and cut off and tossed its fins, which is in line with California law.