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Angler reels in 736-pound shark off Malibu

A Southern California angler fishing off Malibu on Sunday caught just what he was hoping for, and then some.

Eric Downs of Northridge was sportfishing about 30 miles off the coast with a singular target in mind -- a mako shark. He found what he was looking for shortly after 2 p.m., reported KABC-TV.

Downs wanted to claim his catch under the rules of the International Game Fishing Assn., which meant he could only use a rod and reel.

Using 100-pound test and tuna as bait, Downs hooked and battled the 11-foot shark for more than an hour. It finally came close enough to be gaffed and hauled on board.

When Downs brought the shark to Marina Del Rey harbor, it weighed in at a whopping 736 pounds. Though not a record, Downs got good practice as he prepares for an upcoming mako shark fishing tournament taking place in Oxnard.

-- Kelly Burgess

Video: KABC-TV

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@Mike - shark have predators, they are called humans. It is considered dishonorable to not serve Shark fin soup at Chinese wedding, business celebration, etc. Think of all the Chinese families living all over the globe and you get an idea of how many shark are killed a year for soup. Many variety of shark will be driven to extinction with in our lifetime.

@Avetfisherman The problem with sport fishing is they target the BIG sharks. Big shark are usually older breeding females who produce more healthy young. The connection with the pictures and the sport fisherman is that ALL sharks are being taken from the oceans at too fast a rate. Sharks literally can't reproduce fast enough to keep up with the demand. All over the world sharks are being targeted by local fisherman because Taiwanese and Japanese companies are paying premium amounts to meet the demand for shark fin soup.
I fish, I'm actually very conservative in my views but becoming a diver has opened my eyes to this horrendous problem. I hope you all will look into this and realize what is going on our there. Sharks really do need help if they are going to survive into the next century.
PS: Shark contains Mercury more than three times the level of high grade tuna, and lately they have discovered that 7 variety of shark contain bacteria that does not respond to any know antibiotic. I no longer eat shark.

All the sport anglers in California combined kill fewer sharks in a full year than ONE commercial boat kills in a single night.
Apples and oranges.

I really don't see the connection between one sport fisherman catching one shark, and your Japanese warehouse of commercially caught sharks. Total apples and oranges. All the guys I fish with care more about the ocean than most people you'll ever talk to. I talked to a DFG warden one day and she told me that there are 7 of them covering from Malibu to San Clemente. Yet, the vast majority of people I fish with are knowledgeable about the regs and wouldn't think about trying to skirt the rules.

Sharks have no predators so shark hunting is not going to hurt the population. I plan on hunting sharks someday too.


Yes, I understand sport fishing- but hunting large Mako and slaughtering them is not doing the world any good.

The biggest threat to sharks is people. From shark-fin-soup to the senseless slaughter from fishermen like this one.

Remember the buffalo? Gone.
Our oceans need sharks to keep the balance.
Think about it.

With so many millions of sharks being hunted for shark fin soup, it's a shame such a big specimen was removed from the gene pool. There is nothing honorable about shark fishing these days unless you tag and release it.
Check out these pictures of thousands of dead sharks in a Japanese warehouse and you will understand where I'm coming from. http://www.alexhoffordphotography.com/node/2333


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