Video: Massive Mako Shark On the Fly

by Tim Romano

Warning: Video contains graphic language.

Our friend Conway Bowman and his right hand man Captain Dave Trimble put on the Flying Mako catch and release fly fishing tournament every year in San Diego. The purpose of the tournament "is to promote sustainability, conservation and sound management of mako sharks and other apex predators.

The proceeds from the tourney are donated to the Pfleger Institute of Environmental Research. This year entrant Mark Martin used his boat to guide friend and fellow angler Alex Beck to what looks to be a mako shark estimated to be between 500 and 800 pounds.

The anglers ultimately did not land the fish, and people I've talked to have varying estimates of its size. Landed or not, this is one of the most amazing videos of a fish fight I've seen in a while. I mean, can you imagine hooking this thing on conventional tackle, let alone a fly rod?