>From the San Jose Mercury News, Sept. 6, 1999
Fisherman fights, catches 10-foot shark
Redondo Beach (AP) --A local fisherman has a story to tell about the one that didn't get away. And he's got 986 pounds of mako shark to prove it. The 10.5-foot long mako -- deep water makos average between 6 and 8 feet long -- was hauled in about 18 miles off of the Southern California coast Sunday by Tom Brooks, who chummed and used mackerel for bait. He fought it for 5.5 hours before it was officially caught. The shark was too large to bring aboard the boat, so it was towed to the harbor.
The shark was to be on display at a harbor restaurant for at least two days. It was unclear what Brooks planned to do with it.