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August 18, 2010

Sight-Fish for SoCal Makos

Southern California's trophy mako sharks provide hot sight-fishing action...

What: Trophy mako sharks.

When: Prime time begins in May and runs all the way through October.

Where: Southern California offshore high spots and canyons from the Channel Islands off of Oxnard all the way south to San Diego.

Capt. Steve Quinlan
Trophy Fishing Charters

Rods: Heavy 512- to 6-foot roller-guide rods, like the Penn Tuna Stick T53080ARA56, Seeker BSC6460XH-6AR and Calstar GFTR755XXH.

Reels: Two-speed Penn International 30 for 200- to 300-pound fish; two-speed Penn International 50 for 300- to 500-pound fish; Shimano Tiagra 50W for monsters.

Lines: 50-pound monofilament with 300-pound upper mono to 325-pound steel-wire leader; 60-pound monofilament directly to 30 feet of 480-pound steel cable; 80-pound mono directly to 30 feet of 900-pound cable.

Hooks: 9/0 to 16/0 circle hooks, depending on size of fish.

Other: Gloves, 6-foot dehooker and cable cutters.