A Mesquite Man Caught a 1,300-Pound, World-Record Shark in California

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The news reports don't say why Mesquite's Steve Johnston was in California. On vacation, one presumes, doing some deep-sea fishing. In any case, he and a crew from the Outdoor Channel's The Professionals chartered a boat out of Huntington Beach and went hunting for mako sharks.

The trip was a success for all involved except, of course, the shark, who was killed after a two-hour struggle. But he did not die in vain. At 12 feet or so and more than 1,300 pounds, the shark will will be remembered in record books as the largest-ever mako shark ever caught.

But back to Johnston, who was clearly giddy when he was interviewed by the CBS outlet in Los Angeles.

"It's unreal. This thing is definitely a killing machine," he told the station. "Any wrong step, I could have gone out of the boat and down to the bottom of the ocean."

Possibly, but as the Outdoor Channel's video posted below shows, this wasn't exactly The Old Man and the Sea. There's an entire crew of men with crossbows and fishing lines helping to subdue the creature. It's a brutal scene.

(h/t Frontburner)


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notinmycountry
notinmycountry

the only good part of this is that these idiots dont get an IGFA record. clearly you can see in the video that more than one angler touched the rod. haha! next time let it go when you clearly know its not a record

MaxBottomtime
MaxBottomtime

The only killing machines were the big brave hunters onboard the boat. Armed with various weapons, they managed to subdue a fish that subsides on smaller fish. These "professionals" are not on its list, yet somehow society continues to kill everything it does not understand. 

jbozanic
jbozanic

The role of sharks is misunderstood by many. "It's unreal. This thing is definitely a killing machine," Johnston states. But sharks are vital to the health of the underwater environment. They feed on fish that otherwise would proliferate, upsetting the environmental balance of healthy biomes. For example, aggressive shark fishing in the Caribbean has lead to increased algal growth, further stressing coral reefs and diminishing overall productivity.

He goes on the state, "Any wrong step, I could have gone out of the boat and down to the bottom of the ocean." Well, my 7-year old son has spent many hours in the water with great white sharks, photographing and videotaping them in the wild. Is he saying he has more cause to be afraid than my 7-year old??

texpwr7529
texpwr7529

knock konck

who's there?

Land Shark

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

I think it's a great catch.  I'm more of a catch to eat or catch and release guy myself, so I wish they had been able to release it. 

JackJett
JackJett

Wow......wow wow.......someday I wanna grow up and kill the biggest animal I can find so everyone will know that i am the mas macho man on the planet. 

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

Better yet, charter a boat with a cage, chum the water and watch the shark in its natural environment. That would have been a much better way to appreciate nature. Sport hunters are quite often just assholes who want to shoot something dead.

Ed Ball
Ed Ball

Are bonito fish big?

Warren Paul Harris
Warren Paul Harris

Hunting (fishing for) wild animals will be sport when the prey has the very real possibility of taking out the hunter at 300 yards with little more effort than flexing a muscle. THEN this crap might be sport. Until then, it's a cowardly exhibition of bad behavior on the part of people with more dollars than sense.

Jerome Chavez
Jerome Chavez

THIS GUY CHEATED I BET I COULD FIND JAWS TOO IF I HAD A FANCY $100,000 boat and the outdoor channel payin for all my tackel, bait and fuel.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

so what was the point of the savage murder of  this shark.  My dad caught a shark once of the cost of Portland.  But he had his line way out in the water and happened to snag a hammerhead.  Once they reeled it far enough in, they took a pic and then released it.  I dont understand the need to kill this shark at all

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Not impressed - you can go to Port Aransas, charter a boat and go catch one yourself.  How big the catch is just a function of time, money and luck.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Okay. Man tougher than shark, but we already knew that. Why torture and kill the thing?


No wonder people are scared of aliens. The things we do to creatures less advanced than us.

Josh Wilemon
Josh Wilemon

Makos aren't maneaters. Shark fishing needs to be banned. This is repulsive.

Dawn Fisher
Dawn Fisher

Exactly, Why?! So he can have his picture taken with it. Asshole! "The shark didn't die in vain, he'll be in history books"! Really! I think he'd rather still be alive.

Misty Parker
Misty Parker

Is 'posing with photo of shark' the new Hummer?

Nicky McNamara
Nicky McNamara

Yes, because there are not already enough sharks killed!!! People have no clue how important they are to the ocean's ecosystem and how that effects our environment.

iwearblack
iwearblack

If only that shark had a CHL... :|

Joshstruckoutagain
Joshstruckoutagain

Sooo you don't know the difference between a crossbow and a compound bow..and perhaps the "fishing lines" you mention are the gaffes the crew are holding?  Take it you've never been deep sea shark bow fishing.  (I've never seen somebody on a deep sea boat with a bow prior to this and would imagine that's because it's extremely dangerous, but gaffes are used on pretty much any fish that's being kept...keeps em from jumping off the hook while landing them)

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

Wish he threw it back. There are fewer large fish and many of these lost fish are sharks harvested for their fins.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@pak152 shark species behaviour, or reality TV human species behavior?

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

It's not the biggest on the planet and you never know what your gonna get when you throw your hook in. Just like dicks....some are bigger than others.

PersistentID2345
PersistentID2345

@SotiredofitallYou are not likely to catch one that big in the gulf. 

Surf fishing for shark is preferable to me because it is more of a challenge and the scenery is better. There have been a few big Tigers caught off of the Texas beaches.

I usually do catch and release which means using circle hooks and keeping the shark submerged in 1-2 foot water while removing the hook. Sharks do not last long out of water so do not spend minutes taking pictures out of water if you intend to release. I usually walk them through the water to force water through the gills so that they can regain strength before release. We are talking usual 5-7 ft sharks here so they are easier to handle than the one in the picture.

There is also a tagging program one can participate in:

http://na.nefsc.noaa.gov/sharks/tagging.html

JackJett
JackJett

Sharon...I am lucky as my dick is big enough so I don't need to throw my hook in the water. 

Even if I wanted to, I fear the water is not big enough. 

JackJett
JackJett

And sad to say that I couldn't even catch your amazing name until after I sent the reply post. 

Brilliant, simply brilliant. 

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