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Mako Shark

Mako Shark

The Mako Shark

The Shortfin Mako, shown here, is known to offshore anglers as, simply, “Mako.” The Longfin Mako, Isurus paucus, is less often caught. Both have a huge mouthful of bulging teeth that are long and pointed.The Makos are blue above and white below.

SIZE

Range is 200-600 pounds, but both species can weigh more than 1,000 pounds.World record 1,221 pounds; Florida record 911 pounds, 12 ounces

FOOD VALUE


Excellent; comparable to Swordfish.


GAME QUALITIES

Considered by many big-game anglers as deserving of rank among the big Billfishes.

TACKLE AND BAITS

Ocean trolling tackle, in at least the 30-pound line class. Usually will strike rigged baits, such as Mullet and Mackerel, or a live Bonito.




FISHING SYSTEMS

Trolling; Drift Fishing.

OTHER NAMES


Bonito Shark Blue Pointer 

RANGE

All Florida coasts; most often seen in Southeast Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

HABITAT

The open sea. Shortfin Makos frequently cruise, and strike at, the surface, whereas the Longfin is almost entirely a deep dweller. 

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