CBS is reporting that anglers on Thursday caught an estimated 917-pound mako shark off the coast of Dana Point, a fish slightly heavier than the one caught off .
Brian Cope and Craig Winters of Texas struggled with the mako for about four hours off the Orange County coast until they were able to capture it.
"I was scared to death," Cope told CBS.
The majority of sport-fishing operations in California often catch and release sharks – an estimated 27 of the 436 short-fin mako sharks caught in 2010 were kept, according to the Pacific Fishery Management Council, a forum comprised of federal and state officials that develops conservation and management resources for the West Coast.
The mako population is stable and there is no evidence that it is in decline, according Monica Allen, spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Cope and Winter told CBS they plan to eat the shark.