No record is ever safe, especially when it comes to bowfishing mako sharks.
Jeff Thomason, host of Predator Pursuit TV on The Sportsman Channel, eclipsed the bowfishing world record for mako sharks of 544 pounds set earlier this year when he killed a monster 11-foot, 809½-pound mako nearly 60 miles off the coast of California, the Bowfishing Association of America recently announced.
While hunting with guide Matt “Mako” Potter on August 12, Thomason and his five-person crew worked to bring the mako within bow range by running a chum slick behind the boat. After about 20 minutes of waiting the mako appeared and quickly closed-in on the boat.
They were able to draw the shark to within 5 feet but Thomason missed with his first shot, sending the monster on a pursuit towards a nearby sea lion. Hope was not lost, though, because as quickly as the shark went to investigate the sea lion he was back at the boat. And Thomason didn’t miss his opportunity this time around.
He put his Innerloc H2O Grapple bowfishing broadhead through the mako’s spine, essentially reducing its ability to fight back. But the fight was not over. A 20-minute battle to land the mako and prevent it from sinking was all that stood between Thomason and the new world record.
Thomason had his catch officially weighed before donating the 400-pounds of meat to local homeless shelters in Los Angeles.
For more of Thomason’s story, be sure to check out the January-February issue of Petersen’s Bowhunting for exclusive coverage.