Video: Mako shark bites kayak

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WARNING: Video contains adult language. NSFW.

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  • “Shark Bites Kayak; Kayaker Bites Back” was the headline of a story on NBCSanDiego.com on Monday, with the subtitle “A local angler hooked a mako shark, which tried to eat his kayak.”

    The story outlines a catch made by an SDFish.com forum member on Thursday morning. Known as “Daiwadude” on our forums, David Le hooked into a roughly 5 foot long mako shark while fishing aboard his kayak off La Jolla.

    When the shark got within gaff range, Austin Lorber, aboard his own kayak alongside Le, stuck the mako with the gaff just as it broke the surface and mouthed Le’s Hobie kayak.

    While local news outlets like NBCSanDiego.com are trying to sensationalize the “attack,” Le made no mention of that part of the catch in his post on our forums on Friday reporting the catch, simply stating “First mako caught off the yak!! It was a team effort.”

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  • Mako sharks are prevalent off the San Diego coastline, and are important parts of the ecosystem. Despite their close proximity to the coast, and the millions of beach goers who frolic in the San Diego surf each year, they pose no threat.

    While many local anglers encourage catch and release with all local shark species (because of their importance to the overall local fishery), Le was adamant that this fish will be put to good use, “it will feed many people, I don’t waste fish” he said on the forums.

    With this video serving as proof, you would be wise to keep your legs in the kayak when fighting a mako, or shark of any kind. But this shark certainly wasn’t trying to eat him or his kayak. Even if the media would love to stir up those emotions on the heels of Shark Week.

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    Don Eret
    Don Eret

    Kill off the Makos, and you think you have a Seal problem now. Leave the Sharks alone !

    Joe Cicalo
    Joe Cicalo

    These are the kind of fishermen we do not need fishing in our waters no reason to kill the shark we need sharks to control the seal population learn how to fish

    Brett DeLong
    Brett DeLong

    Lame. Of course it but the kayak. It was pissed off. Luckily for the kayaker , it was a baby mako. An adult mako would of tore that yay up.

    Ted DeBont
    Ted DeBont

    Not good. Why are the gaffing this shark? Leave the sharks alone. Cut your line.

    Michael Lee
    Michael Lee

    Seen a few at Dana on Sunday fishing for live bait in the helps w/ the sabiki rig. Similar size. Yeah, could have caught it, but for what.

    Michelle Woo Bowman
    Michelle Woo Bowman

    I wish ine of them had fallen in the water during the fight. Then we’d see something worth watching, “Man walks on water trying to escape shark”. It’s nauseating watching these yakkers kill that juvenile mako.

    Ant Valdez
    Ant Valdez

    Haters will Hate Hunters Willl Eat Nice Catch #Proqaulifier619

    Corey Thomson
    Corey Thomson

    Kooks

    Ty Spangler
    Ty Spangler

    Nice! Catch! The mako is biting the kayak because he is pissed off! That fisherman must of been using sealion for bait! Lmao!

    Nic Dubber
    Nic Dubber

    Not cool