In a photo posted to Facebook back in August, Jeff Thomason, an experienced hunter and the host of Predator Pursuit, posed with a massive mako shark that he had caught off the coast of California. At that size, many may presume that Thomason hooked it on a traditional rod and reel, but the compound bow he held in the same photo said differently. In the world of bowfishing, catching an 809-pound shark is beyond impressive—it is record-shattering. According to the Bowfishing Association of America, Thomason’s catch beat the current bowfishing record for mako by more than 260 pounds.
“He was so big. We had five of us on the boat and it took all of us doing everything we could to get him in with the pulley system,” Thomason told Lone Star Outdoor News. “It took another 15 minutes just to get him on the swim step.”
Thomason is no stranger to big game and big fish, but the 11-foot catch flabbergasted even him. Mako sharks are notoriously hard to land even with traditional angling methods, which makes them highly desired by saltwater fishermen. It takes an experienced crew and a skillful fisherman to reel in one of these sharks, which are reputed to be one of the more dangerous of its kind . It only took Thomason 15 minutes to land the beast, but he recalled the fight as a frantic one.