New Zealand Mako Comes In Just Shy of World Record

--Chad Love

And in related monster fish news, a New Zealand angler just missed a potential world-record mako after boating a massive 714-pound fish.

From this story on the stuff.co.nz website:
In a battle that lasted just on five and a half hours, Bay of Islands angler Dean Pollock landed a 324.0kg mako that weighed just 4.2kg shy of the existing world record and will easily beat the New Zealand 10kg tackle mark if ratified. Dean was fishing aboard the Matt Smith-skippered 12.2m Bertram Reel Escape with two other experienced anglers and crewmen - Cole Whitehead and Layton Matthews - in the BOI Swordfish Club's annual Eldorado contest.
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_In near perfect conditions the team was deploying live baits in 100 metres of water off the Nine Pin. Matt says they were bringing in a freshly-hooked skipjack when they saw "something large" follow it up. "We rigged it [the skipjack] and put it back out, and within a minute or so hooked up," Matt says. The team was targeting marlin, so the bait was rigged on a mono trace using an Owner Jobu hook. On hooking up, the skipper started chasing down the fish, and then they saw the size of the yet-unidentified quarry.