Shark caught off SoCal may set world record

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — A group of fishermen may have broken a world record when they reeled in a huge shark caught off the coast of Huntington Beach.

Jason Johnston, from Mesquite, Texas, chartered a boat out of Huntington Beach on Monday. His group hooked a massive shortfin mako shark about 15 miles offshore.

The shark was 12 feet long, 8 feet in girth and weighs more than 1,300 pounds, according to the fishermen’s estimates.

It took more than two hours and a quarter-mile of line to reel in the shark, Johnston said.

“It’s unreal. This thing is definitely a killing machine,” Johnston said. “Any wrong step and I could have went out of the boat and to the bottom of the ocean,” he said.

The shark was being taken to a weigh yard in Gardena to be certified by a weigh master. The fishermen plan to donate it to a research organization for study.

As they waited for news on their possible world record, the fishermen planned to head out again on Tuesday for another day of fishing.