Shark fishing – Angler scores record-shaking shark from SoCal shore

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GREAT 7G SIGNAL – Cooper Maio (pictured) and Kai Rivera with their huge sevengill shark, caught off the SoCal shoreline on spinning gear and just 30-pound mono mainline.
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CALIFORNIA – Surfcaster Kai Rivera wondered what had tried to eat the soupfin shark he’d just landed, and he had a clue shortly after when something giant picked up his casted bait. One long, grueling fight later, a potential record sevengill shark provided the answer.

Fishing in Southern California, the 18-year-old and his fishing buddy scored some solid soupfin sharks on casted baits before the 300-pound-plus, 9-foot, 7-inch sevengill found his yellowfin croaker head. Kai was using a Daiwa BG MQ 20000 spinning reel spooled with 30-pound mono and an 11-foot Shimano Speed- master medium-heavy rod with a 9/0 circle hook rigged on a heavy mono leader.

SOMETHING’S DINNER – Kai with a soupfin shark complete with bite marks, possibly from a large sevengill.

The current all-tackle IGFA world record stands at 342 pounds – a San Francisco Bay- caught fish with a length of 9.5- feet, putting it at a very similar length-weight to Kai’s fish.

Kai and fishing partner Cooper Maio decided to release the giant: “The fight was 1 hour 45 minutes and, most importantly, it swam off strong. For the weight, I’d guess 300 pounds, maybe more,” Kai told Western Outdoor News.

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The use of spinning gear to land and release such a large fish from the shore makes the catch even more impressive, with most large sevengills caught on heavy conventional gear around deep bays and reefs on a boat.

GREAT 7G SIGNAL – Cooper Maio (pictured) partnered with Kai Rivera with for their huge sevengill shark, caught off the SoCal shoreline on spinning gear and just 30-pound mono mainline.
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