Possible record breaker caught by shark fisherman
June 7, 2013 by Mark
While it has not yet been officially confirmed, a potentially record breaking mako shark was caught just off the Huntington Beach coast.
The shark was landed by Texan angling ace Jason Johnston on Monday, June 3, while he was taking part in a fishing excursion. It took Johnston more than two hours to haul in the 12-foot long shortfin mako shark, which weighed in at more than 1,300 pounds.
A no doubt exhausted Johnston said:
“He took out a quarter-mile of line … and five times he came out of the water over 20 feet. It was amazing.”
The group was on the last day of its three-day trip when the shark was hooked. Johnston had to wear a harness connected to the boat and to the shark so he would not be pulled overboard.
“I still feel the soreness in every bone. It’s the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
Johnston plans on donating the whopping shark to research. It is currently in the freezer of a Gardena processing plant.
According to a Scripps Institution of Oceanography biologist, even running into a shark of this size is uncommon, as the sharks usually stay out in the open ocean. Researchers hope to examine the shark and its stomach contents to discover its eating habits.
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