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California Angler Snags Record 13-foot, 1,175-pound Shortfin Mako Shark; 'Chewed the Motor'

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LOS ANGELES, California -- When Chris Podesto hooked into a huge shortfin mako shark off Catalina Island he watched in awe as the powerful gamefish ran and jumped wildly like nothing he's ever seen in his life.

The 13-foot mako was leaping 30 feet in the air and making 300-yard surges, towing a 27-foot fishing boat around like a toy.

The shark, with its dagger-like teeth and nasty disposition, already had attacked the boat once, biting its 150 horsepower outboard motor as if it were an hors d'ouevre. What would it do next, jump into the boat and toss its occupants into the water?

"Realizing I hooked this monster was pretty daunting," Podesto said. "I've never seen an animal that big, just a few feet away from me. The shark came without warning, lifted its head out of the water and chewed on the motor, like a scene out of the movie 'Jaws.' But, in our case, it was a real shark attack."

Podesto had yearned to catch a mako and contacted Scott Gurney, a friend who produces the television series "Shark Hunter" on Versus network, to take him out. They left the dock Sept. 30 on a warm, sunny day and fished about a mile offshore. After a couple of hours, they hadn't had a bite, before Podesto sighted a small mako, perhaps weighing 70 pounds, that was attracted to their chum - a mixture of ground tuna and pig blood - that was poured overboard.

Just when Podesto hooked the tiny mako on a black bass rod, the granddaddy of all makos ever caught off the California coast suddenly appeared and chomped down on the motor.

"I started yelling for a rod to catch the big mako and tossed out a piece of tuna on a circle hook," Podesto said. "The hook was attached to 300-pound cable leader that was backed by 100-pound monafilament line."

But the huge shark didn't bite. Instead, it disappeared for about 10 minutes, before all heck broke loose.

Podesto had decided to switch to a larger bait when he felt a slight tap. Then, his rod bent double as the 1,175-pound shark smashed the offering that dangled 30 feet behind the boat.

"The mako ran and ran, and appeared more like a submarine than a fish," Podesto said. "When I felt strong head shakes and an acceleration of line peeling off the reel, I knew it would jump high into the air, with an explosiveness that sent shock waves through all of us."

The battle would last 10 hours, from about noon to 10 p.m. As darkness fell, the anglers almost gave up the fight.

Capt. Steve Quinlin was worried.

"This is way too dangerous to attempt to gaff after dark," he said. "I've never caught a fish like this at night."

Podesto wouldn't hear of it.

"I wasn't going to cut the line and didn't care how long it took to reel the shark in," he said.

He fought the shark for six hours before handing the rod to Dave Murdock, who was getting bored watching the seemingly endless battle rage on. Murdock worked the shark for two more hours, before handing the rod back to Podesto.

Two additional hours passed before Podesto finally guided the shark next to the boat, where the crew got a tail wrap on the beast and tied it to the side. By then it was 2 a.m. It was bitter cold for the anglers, who wore little more than Bermuda shorts.

"It was a magnificent experience on one hand and horrible on the other," Podesto said.

Forced to motor very slowly, they got back to port at 6 a.m. and knew they had shattered the record for mako shark caught on a rod and reel off California. The old standard - 986 pounds - was set in September 1999 off Santa Barbara Island.

Later, Podesto was surprised his mako would not be recognized as the official state record because he let his friend hold the rod for two hours out of a 10-hour struggle.

"Fish and Game's ruling doesn't take away from the fact I caught the largest mako ever in California waters," Podesto said. "Truth is, I get more satisfaction out of that than seeing my name in some record book."

Podesto's catch fell just short of the 1,221-pound all-tackle IGFA record caught in July 2006 off Chatham, Mass. The largest mako ever weighed was a 1,530-pounder that was harpooned in July 1997 off Plymouth, Mass.

If Podesto's mako had been feeding before it was hooked, he might have set an all-time standard.

"When we checked its stomach contents, it was almost empty except for the remains of a digested porpoise," he said. "The way I figure it, I was one sea lion away from number one in the world."

The mako was donated to the Emergency Food Bank in Los Angeles, but Podesto was careful to take precise measurements of the length, girth, fins and teeth.

He expects to get a life-sized plastic mount of his prize. The only problem he faces is finding a room at his house that is large enough to hang it.


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Reader Comments

69 people have commented so far. cloud add your comment

It is a real shame that such rare specimens are caught just for an ego boost.
   comment# 1   - Concerned · Malta · Oct 26, 2006 @ 3:21am

I fully agree. That was obviously an old Mako. It deserved to live out the remainder of its life in peace. The really large sharks are becoming far too scarce for fishermen to keep pulling this crap. Leave them be.
   comment# 2   - Gypsy · Tacoma, USA · Oct 26, 2006 @ 2:24pm

no, that is totally wrong. it was old, so it would of died soon. why not have fun anyways. I can tell you're not an angler.
   comment# 3   - brandon · texas · Oct 27, 2006 @ 8:10pm

Great Catch. Forget the gaff at night, a 12 gauge pump would have been my ticket.
   comment# 4   - Deaver · Texas · Oct 28, 2006 @ 1:47am

"i can tell you're not an angler." That is a really dumb comment. I totally agree with the first two comments and i fish nearly everyday. Catch it, and release it. Done deal.
   comment# 5   - will · dallas, TX · Oct 28, 2006 @ 4:57am

It was a legal catch - leave em alone as they were entitled to keep it. A mako is great eating and the meat didn't go to waste. By the way i am a founding member of PETA = People eating tasty animals.
   comment# 6   - John · Delmar, NY · Oct 28, 2006 @ 8:48am

This sort of macho stuff really irks me. This shark fought for it's life for so long, why couldn't these "people" just let it go and help give the damaged poulation a chance to survive? Stop the carnage once and for all.
   comment# 7   - Mike ladley · Uk/South Africa · Oct 29, 2006 @ 2:42am

Why the hell can't these testoserone filled anglers perform catch and release. Everyone agrees that sharks worldwide are on decline, yet in an effort to demonstrate their manhood continue to remove the mature & breeding individuals from the populati
   comment# 8   - ed bodde · Anaheim, CA · Oct 29, 2006 @ 12:30pm

Great shark though I too am disappointed that it was not released alive. I have seen entire bays fished out and seen 80 people on a boat each pulling their limits on shark and gamefish. Too many people taking too many fish is bad for all people. I love fishing but there's just too much killing of species. This shark should have been photographed and released.
   comment# 9   - Bill · Corning, CA USA · Oct 30, 2006 @ 12:53pm

hey uk/south africa, what do you know about california's fisheries and management. We have one of the better managed fisheries in the world, its still crap, but only 6 species that are concidered overfished with one that was just classified as restored. Hey corning guy, stop wasting water for farming that should be for the salmon
   comment# 10   - dude · central coast, ca · Nov 1, 2006 @ 2:18am

The article neglected to mention the captain and the name of the boat. The person on the rod and reel is the least important member ofthe team. Who was the captain and owner of the boat?? Was it the same person or were they different people? I often fish with 3 or more young women on the boat so I have to make the call about who will rod and reel the fish, who will line and drive the boat, etc. The writer missed the most important aspect of the story. Please have him go back and get the important details. Mike
   comment# 11   - Mike · Irvine, CA. · Nov 1, 2006 @ 11:44pm

I noticed Brad's name didn't make to article, so I assume he didn't make that trip. All the news I have seen is STEVE,STEVE,STEVE. We who shark fish do know it takes more than some dorkhead to steer the boat. THE ROD MAN IS THE MAN!!!!!
   comment# 12   - Andy · santa maria ,USA · Nov 9, 2006 @ 9:57pm

So I take it Tommy Brooks still holds the state record.
   comment# 13   - makogirl · marina del rey · Nov 14, 2006 @ 10:40am

Legal or not it's still cruel. It makes me sad that any human needs to kill an animal just to look good in front of a friend. That's the only reason for it, nothing else and makes me laugh when murderers try and defend their 'sport'.
   comment# 14   - Dave · Kent, UK · Nov 27, 2006 @ 6:56am

woot!!! party on fishermans, cause i am all aboarded for slay as many sharks as possible ~ woot fishing is fun , until you get bite ~
   comment# 15   - chase · flordia · Nov 27, 2006 @ 3:10pm

Mike from Irvine,CA. Obviously you have not done a lot of fishing in your life. To suggest the captain or the owner of the boat plays a larger role then the angler tells me your lack of experience. Keep fishing with your three young women while I land the ll75 Mako
   comment# 16   - chris podesto · woodbridge California · Dec 13, 2006 @ 8:32pm

If the shark would of been caught and released, then how would anyone know it was the biggest shark caught in CA. Ever. With all the liars and cheats out there how is a catch and release going to ever get a record for anyone.
   comment# 17   - Dave · Sacramento,Ca. · Dec 19, 2006 @ 1:29pm

As I have said in my previous comments on stories like this, these men must have very small penises!
   comment# 18   - Kate · Brighton · Dec 21, 2006 @ 2:46am

Kate from Brighton put down the pipe and get some sleep
   comment# 19   - Dan · Stockton · Dec 22, 2006 @ 6:52am

Obviously many who have written are jealous of the fact that someone had time, endurance and the wear with all to withstand such a grueling feat. Man against beast, this angler deserves the credit due him, he caught a huge fish, photographed it and donated it so it went to good use. Many people have benefited from this this fishing experience. Congratulations !! Sir for the big catch!
   comment# 20   - Steve Gingras · Petaluma , CA · Dec 24, 2006 @ 12:10pm

To think that so many people are worried about this Shark and yet they all fail to notice the many people that were feed by this HUGE SHARK. And then have the gall to reference something they obivously have little knowledge of, Kate from Brighton. Job well done, good luck on finding room in the house for the mount.
   comment# 21   - Robert · Stockton, CA · Jan 3, 2007 @ 12:39am

What a great catch. I was very impressed with this Angler that he stayed with such a Monster Shark and landed it. Although I am a little concerned with all the bleeding hearts that thought Mr. Podesto should have let this record shark go that he fought for over 10 hrs.. Great Job Mr. Podesto and we wish you another record catch the next time you are out. Remember in Texas we would have spit a little tabacco in the eye of the Mako and then put a round in it with our 12 guage to eliminate the fight.
   comment# 22   - Rooster · Houston, Tx. · Jan 6, 2007 @ 2:23pm

great to see you texans appreciate the sport of fishing with a shotgun, I just hope you short sighted idiots don't start traveling to this side of the world when you've killed all your own fish. These predators deserve more respect than to be shot or even killed, if you kill them all what exactly do you think your grandchlidren are going to fish for? Wake up.
   comment# 23   - dave williams · cork, ireland · Jan 15, 2007 @ 2:19pm

you know, God gave us the animals to eat. and i can understand about how "leave them alone they're MAJESTIC creatures!!" and all, but seriously, we're the dominent species on this planet, so we do what we do and how we like it. and ppl will say "how would you like it if YOU were caught up and taken away from you home?" and i respond with this "it would not be a pleasant experience, but it will not happen, because, my house has a roof. and i think that question is quite ridiculous, are you saying that if YOU were caught up and eaten, YOU would enjoy it? no. i know you wouldnt. but we rule this earth, even tho we have wars and stuff, but we rule, so we get the spoils...
   comment# 24   - Matt Feher · Pittsburgh US · Jan 17, 2007 @ 7:20am

Donating this large fish for food was an idea that could have serious consequences. Large fish now have significant levels of mercury in them which can be quite harmful especially to pregnant women.
   comment# 25   - Richard Barnes · Vacaville, CA USA · Jan 18, 2007 @ 4:51pm

has anyone ever heard of catch and release? it saddens me to see how people still fish for sport and bring in animals for weigh ins. Cant anyone ever just take a picture or video tape the catch, and then release these animals back into the water to resume their lives???
   comment# 26   - christina · madison NJ · Jan 26, 2007 @ 11:42am

I salute their accomplishment; better sportsman would have unhooked the shark and released it; To MAtt Feher: we are dominant species; like might makes right in your book; not mine.
   comment# 27   - Robert Pentangelo · USA · Jan 27, 2007 @ 7:37pm

I am Truly disusted.
   comment# 28   - Alex. · Galway, Ireland · Jan 30, 2007 @ 1:56pm

hey, dave from sacramento, i see what you're saying, but these dudes need to get a friggen camera then. yeah, i understand some sharks are dangerous and eat people, blah blah blah.... but us people who eat meat, we eat chickens don't we? and cows? and even pigs! so you can't even think about getting mad at sharks cause they're doing the same thing we are, eating to stay alive. and half of you are probably thinking "oh, well they have fish to eat!" do we. but i bet some of you wouldnt like it very much to eat fish every day for the rest of your lives, now do you? i just feel bad for the shark, and they should have let it just pisses me off that everyone hunts animals just to brag about the biggest dear, or shark, or seal they caught. and half of you dumbasses wont even eat the meat, you just throw it away because you never really wanted it in the first place.
   comment# 29   - ana · u.s. · Feb 5, 2007 @ 10:37am

Hey, Ana this shark not only fed one person, but it was donated to a shelter to feed the homeless. I'm sure it fed hundreds of people. And they did have a camera!! Look at the picture, and can you tell how much it weighed.
   comment# 30   - Dave · Sacramento · Feb 6, 2007 @ 10:29am

This Podesto guy is a stud. To think that he faught this fish for 6 hrs before handing off the rod. I would like to see how many of you bleeding hearts could do the same. I played ball with this guy in colledge. He hit like a ton of bricks. It is good to see he is still in the game.Chris - Keep up the good work
   comment# 31   - Jake · Lodi · Feb 10, 2007 @ 11:10am

Yeh Ha! Another redneck bogan! Raping and Pillaging the seas! You should be ashamed of yourselves! Why don't you burn down your house for a laugh, instead of taking and trashing our seas!
   comment# 32   - Aaron · Sydney Australia · Feb 13, 2007 @ 3:49pm

That Podesto and Murdock make a great team, they've been killing things for years. They always make things exciting, and always get the biggest animals. They should have their own show. Great to see you guys are still doing good.
   comment# 33   - Buck ( A big fan ) · Wilton, USA · Feb 14, 2007 @ 5:43am

Aaron, it’s nice to see an Aussie policing US waters as your very own Great Barrier Reef is dying due to coastal pollution and pesticide runoff. I believe you have bigger fish to fry (could not resist the pun) a little closer to home.
   comment# 34   - Steve · Reno, USA · Feb 15, 2007 @ 6:55pm

Poor show Podesto you could of released it after you had your fun wrestling it. That mako was most likely a female because the females are generaly bigger than the males. This is bad news, cause sharks dont reproduce untill they are mature which takes a long time and even when they are mature enough they dont have many offspring. So killing a big shark is never a gud thing, cause if we keep it up there will be no big sharks left to reproduce. Which means there will be no more big sharks for you goons to fish either. You better hope Karma doesn't come around and bite you in the rear orifice. (PS. carma is a 16 foot tiger shark)
   comment# 35   - Pat Megee · Dublin Ireland · Feb 21, 2007 @ 6:50am

I find it amazing to see so many comments from Ireland.. Your apparent concern for man-eating sharks amazes me. Please Ireland, don't let the French rub off on you.
   comment# 36   - JR · USA · Feb 24, 2007 @ 2:34pm

Leave the Irish alone. A lot of people are just fascinated by the marine life in our oceans. Anyway pictures like this just upset me!! Yes, have fun catching. But always release!!!!!
   comment# 37   - moonie · Cincinnati, USA · Feb 26, 2007 @ 4:27pm

The posters here are kidding themselves on a mountain of self-congratulatory something or another. Podesto landed nothing. If only he handled the rod himself and didn't pass it off, he might have a potential claim that he "landed the fish" but he was too green and inexperienced to handle the fish by himself so he handed the rod off one half dozen times during the fight. In Big Game Blue Water Ocean Sport Fishing, the Captain is the single most important player since he owns the boat AND has to find the fish and drive the boat EFFECTIVELY during the fight. The next most important player is the gaff man. His job is the most dangerous because he gets closest to what I like to call "the business end" of the fish. One can easily get killed here even if you don't make a mistake. Recall Captain Billy from Delaware. Verbanas that is! The least important player in this lineup is the rod man because the other jobs are more important or dangerous in landing the fish.
   comment# 38   - Swordie Boy · South OC, CA. USA · Mar 2, 2007 @ 8:54pm

funny, I would think the angler is the most important player since he's the one paying. Otherwise, the captain and the gaffer would be dockside guzzling budweiser.
   comment# 39   - Mr Mean · Miami, FL · Mar 3, 2007 @ 5:41am

Nice try Swordie Girl.Podesto is the man. I think it is great he allowed his friend a chance on the rod to enjoy the experience. Only a selfish person would make their friend stand on the side line while he fights a fish for 10 hrs. I understand this Podesto has landed Many Big Game fish. How do you know what experience he has. Do you know him? I also understand he held the rod for the first 6hrs. This takes amazing skill and endurance. That does not sond like nothing to me.Swordie Girl, who drives the boat,holds the rod,and holds the leader while they allow this guy to gaff the fish. In my many years of Big Game Blue Water Ocean Sport Fishing the leader man is in the most dangerous position closest to the fish. Swordie Girl, you must be the captain of this boat to write such dumb comments. How come captains are not in the record books if the angler is the least important player?
   comment# 40   - BIG MAC · USA · Mar 3, 2007 @ 7:39am

Mr Mean, On a charter trip with paying customers, what you say has some validity but that wasn't the case here. And Mr. Big Mac, you know nothing. Podesto wasn't on the fish the first 6 hours. And back at the dock, at least one of Captain Quinlan's "guests" asked him to lie and say only one man was on the road. To his credit Captain Quinlan refused to lie. Why don't you call Captain Quinlan and ask him what happened? He as much as anyone would love to claim the state record fish being caught on his boat even with someone else getting credit as the angler......if it was caught according to the Rules. But it wasn't. Swordie Boy
   comment# 41   - Swordie Boy · Irvine, CA. · Mar 3, 2007 @ 6:56pm

Chris, How many days do you have logged on the water ocean sport fishing? What was the biggest fish you caught before this fish as a ride along guest on Captain Quinlan's boat? I've got more than 1100 days on the water logged. I've caught around 500 hundred makos including two over 800 pounds, 50 threshers and have baited 13 swordfish. Boat owners usually fish with other boat owners but from time to time we take green people out for fun, luck, kicks and giggles but when we plan on fishing seriously, we usually stick with our own. You didn't land anything. You came along for a ride on Captain Quinlan's boat and then shared the rod with not one but two other anglers around 6 times during the fight. It's really comical watching you guys convince each other Chris caught this fish. The moral of the story is be really careful about whom you invite on your boat. I'm generally more careful about this than Captain Quinlan. Mike Irvine
   comment# 42   - Mike · Irvine, CA. · Mar 3, 2007 @ 7:40pm

Waah,Waah, I am such a tough guy let me list my accomplishments on the water. I have caught 900 gold fish, and 3000 guppies. You guys sound so foolish. Get a life. Mike, obviousley you need to spend more time on the water so that you can catch an impressive mako like Podesto. It sounds to me like the moral to the story is be really careful what captain you choose. Turn out the lights the party is over. If Podesto is so green you should all be able to catch a larger mako next year. It sounds like Blue water jealousy to me.
   comment# 43   - BIG MAC · USA · Mar 4, 2007 @ 7:38am

Asking Capt Quinlan would be wrong too. It sounds like he paints a different picture himself. In the WON article he states it made him sick to his stomach to kill such a big fish and watch greenies as they put it. But on the cover there is Capt Quinlan boasting with a big smile and posing with something he obviously says he felt sick doing. Maybe he had some memory loss when he hit his head on Brads knee. Quinlan you are a great Capt. But your story does not add up with cover.
   comment# 44   - Buck · Wilton,Usa · Mar 4, 2007 @ 7:52am

Mike, you should probably get a job and quit spending so many hours on the water. Balance in life is good. Sell your modular home, pay your taxes and quit killing so many fish. You are raping the ocean.
   comment# 45   - Vic · Stockton · Mar 4, 2007 @ 7:58am

I weighed the fish using Scott gurneys scale. It was CLEAR steve did not catch that shark and was not claiming he caught it. I heard him say he DROVE the boat that was it. Scott Guerney Drove the boat as well. It was Scott's rod and small circle hook that did the job. Scott told everyone on the dock that he and chris caught the fish and was even nice enough to let their other friend (David I think) pull on it for a minute. I have heard that steve will not give chris (the primary angler) the jaws to his fish. That's wierd. To my knowledge Steve is not a captain, this was not a charter and it seems like scott paid for everything that day (gas, food, and even paid me to weigh and clean his fish). I then gave the fish to the mission (scott told me they were coming to pick up his fish). Dude - 100 people were at the dock that day and NO ONE thought one person was claiming to have caught that fish. I have heard that both scott and chris made full body mounts of the fish.
   comment# 46   - MDR weighmaster · Marina Del Rey · Mar 4, 2007 @ 8:27am

I was there. Steve drove the boat along with Scott. If Steve would have not argued for 3 hrs to not kill the shark it would have been a state record and potential world record on the pound test they had for Chris. Steve also gaffed the fish BUT miss-gaffed the shark completely the first time around and Dave the leader man had to pull a 1100 pound mako out from under the boat while Scott (driving the boat) and Chris (on the rod) pointed and screamed at a FROZEN STEVE as he could not locate the shark. He made a swing and barely sunk the gaff. Scott was the one who pulled it up and all 4 men tailwrapped it. Scott and Steve drove back to the dock. Scott's wife brought everyone coffee and breakfast and scott paid to have the fish weighed and cleaned. The fish was given to the mission and steve then TOOK the jaws from the mission a few weeks after and THAT is why he is being sued! These are not steves jaws and he knows it. It was Chris/Dave's shark trip. BUCK makes a GREAT point
   comment# 47   - Guy who knows best · LA, CA · Mar 4, 2007 @ 8:44am

   comment# 48   - jj · usa · Apr 14, 2007 @ 10:34am

Can't you people find better things to waste your energy fighting over. I am a guide myself. Who cares who caught it, or anything else for that matter. It's about the fish idiots!!! And to all you animal rights idiots... Sportfishing has little to do with the decline of sharks, it's the commercial netting operations that are to blame for that one. I do agree that record books are foolish in the sense that they should honor the animal more than the angler/hunter. It's all about the beast... remember that fellas. Who cares who was lucky enough to be the one. Catch and release is always the best way to go, but when such a monster is the subject, I say bring it in. If you animal rights people need to feel like your doing something, aim your sites at the real perps, not the guys having fun. Go after the commercial operations.... they are the ones to blame, and they are only to blame because there is a market for what they are after. You are all fighting a losing battle be it with fish, animals, or whatever else you choose to fight for. Human nature is what it is. You may not like it, but you sure as hell are not going to change it.
   comment# 49   - Chris · Massachusetts · Apr 19, 2007 @ 10:46am

Bull scat! No fish leaps 30 feet out of the water. That news is a bunch of scat! Who said that? Osama Bin Laden could not have twisted the truth more.
   comment# 50   - Thomas · NC · Apr 26, 2007 @ 8:33am

Isurus oxyrinchus - Shortfin Mako Shark "The world's affinity for shark fin soup and the delectable flesh of the shortfin mako has lead to a decrease in population numbers. Worldwide, the shortfin mako is not only subject to overharvesting by direct hunting, they are also often by-catch victims of the tuna and swordfish fishing industries. As a result, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has included the shortfin mako on their list of "managed" pelagic sharks. The NMFS has reduced the number of commercial and recreational shortfin mako catches allowed per year by 50% in an attempt to counter act its declining numbers. However, the NMFS regulations apply only to the United State's Atlantic and Gulf waters. Also hastening their population decrease is their slow reproductive rate."
   comment# 51   - Mr Mean · Miami, Fl · Jun 20, 2007 @ 8:51am

Hats off for giving the meat to the homeless, but the 30 ft in the air thing for 25cents I'd put cheese on that whopper !!!
   comment# 52   - Richard · SanDiego, Ca · Jun 22, 2007 @ 12:34pm

bad form.......should have let it go. This is not truly a sport caught fish as he handed the rod off (weenie) that point he should have let it go, fishing is not a tag team sport. The other issue is the #300lb cable they used for a leader. Get man, one line......he might as well used a winch. Tight Lines! Gregg
   comment# 53   - gregg F. · rocklin, ca · Sep 4, 2007 @ 12:43pm

Gregg, you can tell by your comment you have never fished any place bigger then camp far west. You try standing up the whole time fighting an 1100# shark,not sitting reeling in catfish while you're drinking keystones. I know you couldn't do it. It took you almost a year just to find this website. so keep fishing for catfish with your 12 ft aluminum boat and we'll keep catching state record sharks.
   comment# 54   - Buck · wilton · Sep 5, 2007 @ 12:39pm

Whether it was a legal catch, not endangered bla..bla. The moral of this is that sports fishing should be made illegal. I think big fishing boats fish enough and depleting the ocean reserves worldwide. The big sharks are becoming rarer so we should leave them alove for moral purposes. This shark fought for its life was prob old. Come on people get some sense
   comment# 55   - Island Skywalker · Boston,MA · Oct 27, 2007 @ 9:13pm

If the large sharks are getting so "rare" how come so many common fishermen are catching such large sharks? What are the chances two average fishermen, weekenders if you will,c an go out in their boats chunk a piece of fish in the vast Texas bay system and land two of the biggest sharks ever caught in Texas in one year? It's happened in Florida a few times , California and up the eastern coast all this year.One guy in Florida heard about a few shark bite incidents so decided to try and catch one . He went out in his kayak, dropped his bait, paddeled back to shore and landed a trophy hammerhead. What are the odds of catching these "rare large sharks" ?
   comment# 56   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Nov 19, 2007 @ 7:55pm

Great catch but since it wouldn't make an IGFA record or official state record, maybe it should have been released? But, wow! What a trophy! No wonder you wanted to take it home Chris! Everyone is missing the point. How many of these sharks are being wiped out by the longliners, drift gillnets, and tuna boats??? The chinese, the japanese, the koreans, the spanish. Think about it. And none of those guys are sport fishermen!
   comment# 57   - Andy Burton · Manzanillo, Mexico · Nov 28, 2007 @ 7:43pm

For all of you out there who are so worried about the fish population, get off the internet and go do something actually productive. You are not going to deter the fishermen with nasty comments or twisted logic, and you will certainly not deter us fish-eaters from supporting the ones who do the catching. As for being upset about the age of the fish, it’s just ridiculous. Eat the old and let the young reproduce.
   comment# 58   - Aimee · Virginia, USA · Feb 7, 2008 @ 1:55pm

Thank goodness clowns Chris, Scott and Dave got their lunches fed to them in their court case against Captain Quinlan. Had they won, fishing boat owners would have had to require friends and guests to sign legal waivers before boarding. Had the judge not seen through this charade, long time honored traditions and ethics would have been replaced with an extremely damaging judicial precedent. Big Mac, buy yourself some clues fast because you got none. There's no possession limit on clues so buy as many as you can afford. Q put these guys on a state record fish so you DIE on that rod before you give it up. That that part of it even has to be explained...says quite enough.
   comment# 59   - Mike · Irvine · Apr 17, 2008 @ 6:24pm

Mike from Irvine. Get a life. The only clown is you. I think it is funny Podesto Drug your buddy through the judicial process just to burn through his modist income. Mike, what do you do for a living? Your slander may get you cought up in a court case against Podesto and your food stamps will not cover the court cost.
   comment# 60   - Tom · Lodi USA · May 24, 2008 @ 8:19am

I'm a lawyer and looked up Chris and Steve's case. Dave nor Scott are listed on the case Mike. This is public record. They told their story it looks like but that's it. You need to correct your post. And Good lord son - I dearly hope steve is your brother or relative because you spent a lot of time talking on this page... And son - Irvine is a dirthole. Move to the south - we all get a long here! JF
   comment# 61   - Jerry F · Mobile, AL · Jul 30, 2008 @ 10:29pm

Blah, blah, blah... save this, save that,... Do you guys cry each time your car hits a bug? Or when you step on an ant?
   comment# 62   - Me2You · Uwish, Idaho · Aug 25, 2008 @ 2:21am

"Blah, blah, blah... save this, save that,... Do you guys cry each time your car hits a bug? Or when you step on an ant?" wat a stupid comment!!....the bug population is not declined...and plus the shortfin makos population has drastically declined because of all this fishing
   comment# 63   - All about me!! · Miami, FL · Nov 25, 2008 @ 3:20pm

Thats a real shame that couse of those couple of hours you didnt get it but still thats a BIG fish
   comment# 64   - mike · oroville ca · Jan 13, 2009 @ 2:40pm

yes boys and girls the Chris Deaver that you saw on Shark week a few days a episode called man vs shark, acting like he is a big time shark the same Deaver you see below talking about using a shot gun.... real conservationist huh?? He got on the show to pump his ego.
   comment# 65   - PINS · texas · Aug 9, 2009 @ 10:38pm

   comment# 66   - ALLEN · NEWPORT BEACH · Aug 4, 2010 @ 4:07pm

i will beat that but i will have bib bbq with mine
   comment# 67   - brett · murrieta · Jan 8, 2011 @ 11:15pm

That is rude to kill sharks just to be cool
   comment# 68   - charity · apple valley ca · Apr 15, 2012 @ 8:09pm

He donated the fish to a homeless shelter... Pull out your checkbooks and start feeding the homeless people fish meals if you're gonna complain he kept the fish. There is no EGO in feeding the homeless. He caught it, he decides what to do with it. If you practice catch and release, good for you. I do quite often myself. I will however be eating the next decent sized thresher shark I come across.
   comment# 69   - Chuck · San bernardino · Jun 5, 2013 @ 6:55pm
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