Mako sharks are incredibly agile ocean predators that have become a sportfishing jewel in Southern California, known for their aerial displays during tussles with anglers. Saltwater fly fishermen have taken an especially keen interest in them, luring them close to the boat first with a well positioned chum slick and then pulling a classic bait-n-switch and presenting a giant saltwater fly for the mako to take.
Mako sharks exceeding 400 pounds have been caught locally on fly tackle, just miles from the beach. Makos, and all sharks, are vital in competing our ocean's eco system in check. Catch and release is strongly recommended, as sharks are in constant threat of over fishing. Several local docks and marinas have a shark ban, not allowing vessels to use their dock and services with a shark on board.