A huge mako shark was caught in the Gulf of Mexico after an hour long fight last week, and the animal weighed in at over 500 pounds, large enough to rank fourth in Louisiana’s record books.
A group of men from North Dakota set out on a charter with Captain Kevin Beach from Venice, Louisiana, on Friday, seeking tuna and marlin, according to the Houston Chronicle. After just a short time, however, they spotted a massive mako shark.
Beach and his crew were chumming the water near Midnight Lump, south of Venice, and had encountered king mackerel, tuna, and small sharks before they noticed the mako.
“We first saw him about 70, 80 yards down the chum slick, just swimming all lit up, blue and pretty, on the surface,” Beach recalled.
“We got the mako rod, and offered him a bait.”
Beach attempted to lure the shark with a bonito, yet the predator wasn’t interested.
“There was something about that bait he just didn’t like, so I grabbed a fillet off a 30-pound king mackerel, and I don’t know if it was the action of that long fillet just flapping in the water, or if he just wanted something a little bit fresher than the bonito, but it hit the water, got about 10 feet down, and he just swam up and sucked it down,” Beach noted.