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.