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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:22 PM 04/20/07 (CST)
Just killing time waiting for opener and I saw this on the Drudge Report. They have a picture but it's not a good one.

1,063-pound shark may earn crew a place in the record book
JILL NOLIN
2007-04-19
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DESTIN - A Gulf Breeze fishing crew interrupted the dinner of a Mako shark that was feasting on a school of dolphins Wednesday.

And the capture of the feisty 1,063-pound shark may earn the crew a world fishing record.

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MORE INFO:
Standing world records for short-fin Mako sharks:
Class: 30-pound line
Record: 997 pounds, 11 ounces, Sidney, Australia. 1995
Class: 50-pound line
Record: 1,080 pounds, Long Island, 1979
Class: 80-pound line
Record: 1,075 pounds, 13 ounces, Spain, 1997
Class: all-tackle
Record: 1,221 pounds, Massachusetts, 2001
(Source: International Game Fish Association)
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The four people aboard the Sea Ya Later II were cobia fishing when they spotted the shark at about 2:30 p.m. chasing its lunch near the shore between Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach.

The shark, which was about 300 to 400 yards from the shore, had a porpoise in its mouth when it was hooked with a cobia jig. That didn't faze the 12-foot, 6-inch Mako, which is a type of shark notorious for putting up a fight.

It didn't take long for the crew aboard the 23-foot boat to realize they were going to need a bigger vessel to help.

Then along came the Mother Lode, a 45-foot charter boat that docks at the Fisherman's Wharf in Destin.

The boat's captain, Jason Hallmark, joined the effort on the Sea Ya Later II. He threw a flying gaff into the shark's gill, which finally caused it to release the porpoise. A flying gaff is a large hook attached to rope used to pull in a fisherman's catch.

"That's when the fish went crazy," said Paul Sims, a Valparaiso man who was on the Mother Lode. "We don't even think she knew she was foul-hooked."

It would take another flying gaff to secure the shark. Both of those gaffs were tied to the Sea Ya Later. The boat was tilting, with the water only about a foot away from flowing over the railing.

"If she hadn't been as tired as she was, this boat would be sitting on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico," Lindsey Stanley, the Sea Ya Later II's 105-pound captain, said late Wednesday night.

After the shark died, it took eight men to pull it aboard the Mother Lode. The Mako was too heavy for the first set of scales at Fisherman's Wharf.

"That was a lifetime experience for any angler on the water, without a question," Sims said.

The registered weight of 1,063 pounds makes the catch eligible for the world record in the 30-pound line class for a short-fin Mako.

The current class record is a 997-pound, 11-ounce shark caught in Sidney, Australia, in 1995.

The largest Mako recorded in the all-tackle division was a 1,221 pounder caught in Massachusetts in 2001.

"It's a possible world record, and I'm investigating it as a world record," said Jim Roberson, who represents the Panhandle for the International Game Fish Association.

" … When you're catching a 1,000-pound fish on a 30-pound string, that's a big deal," he said.

An application for a world record must be submitted to verify certain requirements have been met. A photograph must also exist of the angler, the tackle and the fish together.

The application process can take as long as 90 days, Roberson said.
The shark is now in a refrigerated truck in Pensacola. It will likely be used for research.

The crew is also thinking about making a mold of their trophy catch.

Daily News Staff Writer Jill Nolin can be reached at 863-1111, Ext. 445.













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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 06:15 PM 04/21/07 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 06:48 PM 04/21/07 (CST)
That would be like catching a 250 pound fish on 8 pound test!













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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:23 AM 04/22/07 (CST)
I can't believe that Shark didn't sink that boat.

BobberDown would have made me cut the line on that one!


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 04:28 PM 04/22/07 (CST)
The taking of large sharks is always big news down here b/c most biologists agree that the world shark population is shrinking rapidly, and it is upsetting the oceans' food chain. Last year a guy over by Naples/Ft. Myers caught a hammerhead that might qualify as the all-tackle world record. He donated it to research, and when they gave it an autopsy it had over 50 pups inside that were days from being born. Sharks aren't like other fish, they actually give birth to live pups, and like bigger walleyes (and why there is a slot on walleyes to keep the breeders in the population) a big shark is a prolific breeder.

That being said, keeping a big mako is perfectly legal, the limit on sharks is one per day regardless of species and it cannot be a protected species (great whites for example are protected in the U.S.), and makos are the one shark species that is suppoosed to be very good eating, although whether one that big is too fatty or not is debatable.

This fish, however, might end up not being a record. If you read the article the guy said it was foul-hooked which disqualifies it for consideration of a record by the IGFA. He is now saying he was mistaken. We'll see how it turns out.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 06:14 PM 04/22/07 (CST)
PB, you got that right!!


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