Huge shark caught off Oxnard could be largest fish ever landed off California coast
A mako shark caught by a Newbury Park man may be the largest fish ever caught off California's coast.
KTLA-TV reports that Sean Carlsen Gizatullin was taking part in a fishing tournament off the coast of Oxnard when he caught a shortfin mako shark weighing in at 1,098 pounds.
"It went under the boat a few times, came out twice with its jaws open towards the boat," Gizatullin said. "It didn't lunge out or anything crazy like 'Jaws,' but it was still intense."
Gizatullin said that it took him so long to reel in the shark that he was 45 minutes late for the tournament weigh-in and didn't win the event.
Pending verification, the shark is the largest fish of any kind ever caught off the coast of California.-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: Angler Sean Carlsen Gizatullin, left, reeled in this 1,098-pound mako shark off the coast of Oxnard. Credit: KTLA-TV