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Angler reels in 736-pound shark off Malibu

July 21, 2010 |  7:10 am

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