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Fishermen Return to Marina with 800-Pound Shark

It takes four men to weigh the shark, the biggest seen in years.

Fishermen caught an estimated 800-pound shark about 15 miles off the coast on Monday and brought it into Marina del Rey.

The fishermen went out with chum buckets to attract a shark and returned with the fish to Del Rey Landing, a fuel dock and service store on Bora Bora Way, where about four men helped weigh it, according to witnesses. 

"It's been at least a couple of years since I've seen anything that big," said Tony Velardez, assistant manager at Del Rey Landing. "Our scales only go up to 750 pounds."

The shark was most likely a shortfin mako, according Jose Bacallao, operations manager at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, who viewed pictures of the shark.

Correction: The article previously stated that the shark was a longfin mako. It was actually a shortfin mako.

Full Name July 05, 2012 at 06:12 AM
That's awesome!
David Carini (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 07:01 AM
Michael, Tony pictured in the photo did not catch the shark. He works at Del Rey landing.
Michael July 05, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Hey Jack -- that seems like most of the world now. It used to be we strived to be better but now it seems like it is more of a race to become part of the lowest common denominator.
Greg Baumann July 05, 2012 at 04:29 PM
I fish. I eat fish I catch. It's legal. But that doesn't mean it's the smart thing to do every time. A lot of times, guys keep the big breeding fish to stoke their ego and to justify all the expense they have laid out on equipment etc. Next time, guys, let her go. You'll feel better about it.
rickyruiz306@yahoo.com July 05, 2012 at 04:49 PM
shark fin soup:D all u haters can suck it!
Ryan Smith July 05, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I am a big time recreational shark fisherman and this turns me off. The vast majority of the people I know who also fish for sharks understand that populations are heavily depressed and killing any shark, much less a huge breeder like this is a terrible idea for shark populations (and thus the future of our sport). Guy like these are not acting like stewards of the ocean's resources our sport relies upon. One that can afford to shark fish from a boat, does not keep any shark they catch for food or financial reasons. No, they did it for vanity. They got excited and wanted a weigh in, pictures at the dock and the jaws. This is an attitude that was prevalent 30+ years ago when most people had no idea how much harm removing the big breeders does to the shark populations. Today we know better and while taking a big shark is a legal right, it in no way makes it right for the future of the sport. This saddens me since this big fertile shark will never makes another shark again just so some guys could get a thrill. If you have read, this far, please bear the future of our sport in mind and release you catch. If you absolutely must keep a shark, and cannot be convinced otherwise, then be reasonable and keep only the small ones (less than 5 feet). Killing the big ones is just like killing the goose that lays the golden egg: no more goose and no more eggs. No one wins.
Ryan Smith July 05, 2012 at 05:13 PM
How did this add to the conversation in any way?
David Carini (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Hi Ryan, Are you a local fisherman? If so, can you please contact me at davidc@patch.com Thanks
Allie Kowalski July 05, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I agree.....
Jose Bacallao July 05, 2012 at 11:27 PM
RYAN SMITH, well stated. Albeit a legal catch and within the right of these anglers, it make little sense to remove a reproductive and mature fish like this shortfin mako. If anyone out there is planning on hunting then at the very least understand the biology and ecology of what you are killing. It is 2012 and even my 7 year old daughter can tell you that shark populations are in peril. These large sharks mature late in life and reproduce small numbers of pups. It is very difficult to conserve the species when they can't get a break. I can only hope that these people ate their catch.
keith poe July 06, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Sadly everyone is clueless regarding the real problems. Fish like crops are a resource to be utilised responsibly. As long as the resource is being harvested responsibly and is sustainable then everything is fine. According to NMFS the Short fin mako in the north pacific is doing fine but i do not agree with them. Sharks are over fished because of destructive long line and drift gill nets primarly and has little to do with selective gear like sportfishing but sport fishermen do have an impact. Their are enough gill nets and long lines set continuously to circle the planet 4 times over. Long lines and gill nets are largely responsible for over harvesting. The government's ban the destructive indiscriminate gear inside 200 miles so the public is unaware keeping the harvesting out of sight killing the buffalo. The government allow them to land the harvest in their ports even though they are banned because they collect taxes from every pound landed. The fox is running the hen house and most do not have a clue. NEXT COMMENT
keith poe July 06, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Radical ignorant organisations also primarly driven by profits attacks the only problem they are aware of and their ignorant members and believers while the government laughs at you collecting their bounty competing with all the other countries while coddling their destructive gear fishermen who keep very quiet out of sight. Most species are allowed to reproduce before harvest how most species are managed to insure a sustainable yield not the other way around. The pelagic species are the ones with out size limits because the landing profits will diminish. California allows drift gill nets with in 3 miles of shore targeting sharks and so cal is a white mako thresher blue salmon shark nursery. I have caught tagged and released thousands of makos threshers and salmon sharks and killed only a few and ate them giving far more back to conservation and science than i have taken and understand the real problem as no one here seems to and most seem to have an extreme agenda. BALLANCE is key in life conservation. Use your energy to attack your government they are as corrupt and hypocritical as they come lying and changing the sustainable guidelines banning gear allowing them to land their harvest where they are banned when they know conclusively the gear is being used to target the very same fishery outside of 200 miles in the US.
keith poe July 06, 2012 at 01:09 AM
as a heads up the destructive gear is the problem causing the over fishing and the destructive gear has already defined where the primary over fishing is most productive so when the shows on TV driven by profits say the fishermen are doing the research to save the sharks because more information is needed it is not the government is well aware of the problem and will not manage it properly stopping destructive gear because they want their profits. It all comes down to profits when sustainable fisheries should prevail. This type of misguided information plays right in to their hands and is exactly what the destructive gear commercial fishing machine and governments want attacking sport fishermen diverting the attention.
keith poe July 06, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Sadly everyone is clueless regarding the real problems. Fish like crops are a resource to be utilised responsibly. As long as the resource is being harvested responsibly and is sustainable then everything is fine. According to NMFS the Short fin mako in the north pacific is doing fine but i do not agree with them. Sharks are over fished because of destructive long line and drift gill nets primarly and has little to do with selective gear like sportfishing but sport fishermen do have an impact. Their are enough gill nets and long lines set continuously to circle the planet 4 times over. Long lines and gill nets are largely responsible for over harvesting. The government's ban the destructive indiscriminate gear inside 200 miles so the public is unaware keeping the harvesting out of sight killing the buffalo. The government allow them to land the harvest in their ports even though they are banned because they collect taxes from every pound landed. The fox is running the hen house and most do not have a clue.
keith poe July 06, 2012 at 01:28 AM
California department of fish and game sport fishing license allows for each angler to harvest 2 makos per day and size and thresher sharks. CA DFG allows 10 salmon sharks per day per angler. It's believed makos live 18-20 years and females can not reproduce till about 6 years old and only reproduce every other year. As they grow older and get larger they can rear more pups as their mass will accommodate. They start with just a few pups and it's believed as they grow older they can have have about a dozen. If you do the math they actually have very few in their life time. Why no size limits and allow destructive gear in essential fish habitat ? PROFITS they are currently trying to figure out how to limit sportfishing to increase commercial harvest to drive up profits but they have to be careful they need all the profits from all the sportfishing license to. All about the profits the government is fully aware of what is wrong and how to correct it but will not. Only way to keep the profits coming in is keep it quiet so the people will not catch on and it working.
keith poe July 06, 2012 at 01:36 AM
There is a group of charter fishermen who advertise to trophy fishermen primarly in other location away from So Cal to target large makos and keep it very quiet because they know what they are doing is against mainstream just like the government and commercial killing machine. Maybe i should tell everyone who and where these guys are lol Personally i believe it's unethical to profit from a resource in questionable sustainability.
James Stride July 06, 2012 at 04:09 PM
A Holes, why isn't this banned in this state?
Pauly July 06, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Catch and release is practiced 99% of the time with this Captain. Villifying these men for engaging in a legal sport without any idea of the actual facts, proves that you are all stone throwing mob rats. Get a life. Go fishing once in awhile!
keith poe July 06, 2012 at 10:05 PM
because the government profits from it all day every day and all the other countries.
Jeff Reinhardt July 08, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Thank you Keith...I retract my knee-jerk reaction without doing my homework on your view. That is typically not my style as a scientist. If you are a friend of Sean Van Sommeran as I am and did research with the PSRF I commend you and appologize.
Simon July 08, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Shortfin makos were incorrectly aged up until 2006. We now know females do not reach sexual maturity until between 18 and 21 years of age, and males 7 to 8 years. They have one litter of pups (as baby sharks are called) every 3 years. Shortfin makos are being destroyed by commercial longliners and unthinking irresponsible recreational fishers around the world. They are already critically endangered in the Mediterranean and other stocks around the world are rapidly heading for a crash. The fact this catch was allowed under fishing regulations is irrelevant. The fishing regulations are pathetically inadequate, the fisheries agencies pathetically compromised and inadequate. We wait in vain for governments of various countries to do something about this ... in the meantime, recreational fishermen can start doing the right thing. Killing big sharks of any species 'for fun', but particularly shortfin mako, is a disgusting, disgusting act. The anglers behind the killing of this big mako are selfish, disgusting, contemptible, egotistical fools. No doubt they dumped the carcass after their few photos.
keith poe July 09, 2012 at 03:15 AM
http://na.nefsc.noaa.gov/sharks/age.html
Simon July 09, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Keith, those figures are utterly wrong and come from Pratt & Casey (1983), who assumed double-band pair deposition per year in vertebrae. Several peer-reviewed scientific papers in 2006 established the true biological parameters for shortfin mako, including single band pair deposition, sexual maturity between 18 and 21 years for females, sexual maturity between 7 and 8 years for males, and longevity of at least 32 years and possibly up to 40+ years. So please don't quote incorrect figures at me!!! As for NOAA's stupid website quoting the old, utterly disproven figures for shortfin mako... Well I've even written to NOAA and asked them to update their website. But of course, they haven't. If you reckon you're a marine biologist, then read the following papers: Natanson LJ, Kohler NE, Ardizzone D, Calliet GM, Wintner SP and Mollet HF (2006). Validated age and growth estimates for the shortfin mako, Isurus oxyrinchus, in the North Atlantic Ocean. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 77: 367–383. Bishop SDH, Francis MP, Duffy C and Montgomery JC (2006). Age, growth, maturity, longevity and natural mortality of the shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) in New Zealand waters. Marine and Freshwater Research. 57: 143–154. Ardizzone D, Calliet GM, Natanson LJ, Andrews AH, Kerr LA and Brown TA (2006). Application of bomb radiocarbon chronologies to shortfin mako (Isurus oxyrinchus) age validation. Environmental Biology of Fishes. 77: 355–366.
keith poe July 10, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Simon thanks for the snippy reply perhaps you should have offered the links up in the first place. i appreciate the links and will check them out. Why would i need to be a marine biologist to read the links ?
Ray K Cano July 14, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I use to fish for sharks and it is a fun sport. Every year the overall fish stock is depleted. Sport fisherman pay more than half of the funding for all conservation activities through liscenses and other fees but yet we are blamed for the depletion of the fish stocks. Commercial fisherman make a much larger impact on the fish stocks so we can have fresh fish at our upscale resturants. Similiar to drugs, cut off the demand and you will increase the overall stocks, but that will never happen becuase most conservationist attack what they think is brutal. They are the biggest posers of all.
keith poe July 14, 2012 at 07:58 PM
The demand primarly come from shark fin soup and is supplied with long lines and gill nets indiscriminate destructive gear unlike selecting gear sport fishermen use.
Animal lover August 19, 2012 at 05:58 AM
I hope next time you go to hurt an innocent creature you fall in and get what you deserve :) bastards!!!
keith poe August 19, 2012 at 07:30 AM
UM Animal the killers are not part of the thread lol.
Mike Posen March 01, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Poe, learn to spell as grammar is way too much to expect... If you want to justify your antics, carry on. It's extremely hard to take your good points to heart as your defensive and continuous hypocrisy almost erases any positive actions. Ignorance is sometimes impenetrable and in your case if you kill a single shark makes you guilty, murder is murder whether atomic bomb mass execution or another using a pistol in solitary homicide. Stop and think before ranting, at least use a spell check and work up to commas, caps and finishing sentence thoughts.
Keith Poe March 27, 2013 at 05:44 AM
Murder ? lol maybe go down to farmer johns and cry out front or at a farmers market where they murder poor living plants.

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