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A mako shark weighing 1323.5 pounds — good enough for a world record — has been captured and killed by fisherman off the coast of Huntington Beach.
The expedition was caught on tape by two camera operators for Jim Shockey’s The Professionals, a reality TV show about hunting on the Outdoor Channel, who accompanied fisherman Jason Johnston of Mesquite, Texas, who had chartered the boat on Monday.
It took over two hours and a quarter-mile of line to reel in the shark. Countless pounds of chum, made from ground-up sardines and mackerel, were used to lure the shark to their fishing boat.
The catch arrived at New Fishall Bait Co. in Gardena, Calif., at 7 p.m. on Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times, and required two scales to weigh the massive predator, which measured 11 feet long and 8 feet around.
A photo of the shark was posted Monday to New Fishall’s Facebook page.
“It’s unreal. This thing is definitely a killing machine,” Johnston told KTLA. “Any wrong step and I could have went out of the boat and to the bottom of the ocean,” he said.
Added Corey Knowlton, co-host of Jim Shockey’s The Professionals, “It’s basically like a giant nightmare swimming around.”
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