20-foot Great White caught
Posted April 19 2012 - 07:41 AM
"We were amazed and immediately realized that we had a huge, dead, great white shark, and then we thought what are we going to do?," Guadalupe, one of the fishermen, said in an interview with Pisces Sportfishing, which is located in the Baja California resort city of Cabo San Lucas. The other fisherman was named Baltazar.
The shark was dead when it was brought to the surface. The fishermen, whose skiff measures 22 feet and is powered by a 75-horsepower outboard, required an hour to tow the carcass two miles to the coast. About 50 people helped drag the behemoth onto dry sand. Milenio News reported the length of the fish to be six meters, or 19.8 feet.
"Guadalupe and Baltazar swore they had never seen a fish this big before in their lives," the Pisces blog stated. "Even though on March 13 of this year, some of their fellow fishermen had also caught a great white, which had weighed 990 pounds."
It remains unclear what the fishermen did with the shark, but scientists were hoping to obtain tissue samples for study.
Adult white sharks were once believed to be infrequent visitors to the Sea of Cortez, or Gulf of California. But it's now believed that parts of the gulf serve as a nursery for the species.
"While it's unusual that fishermen will land sharks that large, the occurrence of large adult white sharks is not uncommon for Gulf waters," said Christopher Lowe, a Southern California white shark expert who has conducted extensive tagging studies involving the species. "In fact, several satellite tagged sharks from California and Guadalupe Island [west of Baja California] have traveled into the gulf. So we know they are there."
While in gulf waters, adult white sharks are believed to prey largely on Humboldt squid and sea lions.
Posted April 19 2012 - 08:32 AM
Posted April 19 2012 - 09:02 AM
The one time I went with a guide out of Cancun, he gave me four pounds per kilogram. That was the only time I got a favorable exchange rate.
Frank II --- If anyone needs me, I'll be in my MAN CAVE, rotating the laundry. ----- C.C.A. - American Littoral Society Tagger w/ 54 returns - Vietnam Veteran Army
Posted April 19 2012 - 09:10 AM
Wonder how old it was
Posted April 19 2012 - 09:25 AM
I was thinking the same thing, just look at Mundus' GW. 24ft or so, and 3300 lbs. The GW that Northeast Taxidermy was using for the shows was around(correct me if I'm wrong) 1500lbs, and it was around 14ft. It's the first dieting GW!!
Posted April 19 2012 - 09:32 AM
I was thinking the same thing, just look at Mundus' GW. 24ft or so, and 3300 lbs.
It's even worse - the Mundus/Braddick fish was only 17 feet long and almost 3,500lbs.
Lying mexican fishermen
Posted April 19 2012 - 10:49 AM
Thanks for clarifying EB. Triumph,I totally agree, what a shame.... a big breeder killed like that, horrible....with more of them, maybe we could start fishing for GW's again. I'd love to get spooled on a 130. Just kidding, it's a bad way to lose such a great fish...
Posted April 19 2012 - 11:16 AM
Show someone how to catch striped bass and they'll be ready to fish anywhere.
Show someone where to go striped bass fishing and you'll have a desperate report chaser with loose lips.
We love our stripers - please don't take more than yah need.
Posted April 19 2012 - 11:28 AM
Posted April 19 2012 - 12:48 PM
Shark men had one or two of their NatGeo shows shot in the sea of Cortez looking for evidence of a GW nursery there. I'll see if they are still available On Demand.
i wonder if it was a big prego female, or just let loose a baby into Cortez.
These guys weren't targeting the GW, it's just a shame really.
Posted April 19 2012 - 12:58 PM
Length of GW is 20'.
Now if you use LXGXG divided by 800, a pretty tried and true formula for this body type of fish is comes in at 3,499 lbs.
My point is 2000lbs is way off as others have said, might even be double that?
I don't think a 9' girth is out of the question, it could be more.
On a related note, did anybody catch Trev Gowdy's MONSTER FISH episode where they were tagging GW's off Monomoy on the Ezyduzit?
Pretty cool to see them in that close as long as I'm not in the water.