850-pound Mako

850-pound Mako

850-pound Mako

The massive shark was baited as he was finning on the surface around a school of tuna. He was hooked with a slab of dead tuna. After fighting the fish for 15 minutes, he came up 300 yards away and started doing somersalts 30 feet in the air.Ben Holtzclaw
850-pound Mako

850-pound Mako

"After an hour we got a shot with a harpoon, but he threw the harpoon out and sounded for an hour. When he came up again and we got another harpoon shot in the gills which made the fish very unhappy and he violently came at the boat attempting to bite the propellers before sounding again."Ben Holtzclaw
850-pound Mako

850-pound Mako

"After the third hour of battle, we got a shot with the flying gaff and it was over. Because the fish was so large and dangerous, we had to tail rope him and tow him in from 20 miles offshore." The fish weighed 850 pounds and was 13.5 feet long.Ben Holtzclaw
850-pound Mako

850-pound Mako

Boat Name: The Reel McCoy Captain: George McElveen Location: Islamorada, Florida, Date: 5/10/2008Ben Holtzclaw
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