A Texas angler has bagged the ultimate bow fishing prize: a world record mako shark.
Angler Jeff Thomason – the host of the hunting program Predator Pursuit – landed the 809.5-pound mako off the the coast of Huntington Beach, California. His catch is more than 300 pounds heavier than the previous bowfishing world record for the species.
Thomason and the crew he was fishing with attracted the shark using a two-mile trail of chum. He said the crew watched the behavior of circling sea birds to determine where a mako would surface.
“One of the things we do is watch the seagulls that land in the slick,” Thomason told Lone Star Outdoor News.“When they start to get off the water, you know something is coming,”
After waiting for 30 minutes, the shark surfaced. Thomason and crew sprung into action. He described the unconventional method he used to bag the monster mako.
“We shoot regular AMS bow arrows, but they have an interlock grapple with a steel leader,” said Thomason. “You need the sharks really close to the boat and out of the water because those arrows are so heavy, they don’t fly far.”
“…They’ve got to be about three feet from the boat to get the arrow to stick, so we threw a fish on a line and teased him to the boat. I try and shoot for the top of the back. As soon as the arrow hit, all hell broke loose. We freaked out because I spined him and we thought he might sink.”
Within 15 minutes Thomason and crew landed the mako. It took another 15 minutes to secure the massive shark to the back of the boat.
The crew then hauled the shark to a Los Angeles port, where they used a certified scale to weigh it. An excited crowd was waiting at the docks to see the impressive catch.
All said and done, the shark weighed 809.5 pounds and measured 11 feet from nose to tail.
After butchering the shark, Thomason delivered 400 pounds of the meat to a homeless shelter in Los Angeles.
Check out these shark stories:
- Here’s the previous bow fishing world record for mako shark
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