Timonium man bags 857-pound mako shark

July 14, 1991

On July 5, Bill Bennett of Timonium was aboard the charter boat Job Site, trolling the 100 fathom line out of Ocean City in search of marlin.

The catch that Bennett brought aboard Captain Mitch Pierson's boat that day was, to say the least, unexpected -- an 11-foot, 857-pound mako shark that may qualify as the state record.

The state record for mako shark is 766 pounds.

Bennett caught the mako on 80-pound test monofilament and mono leader. The fight to land the fish lasted approximately 45 minutes.

Mate Grant Joss made the lure the shark took from a Fosters Beer can. In Joss' native Australia, similar lures have caught black marlin in excess of 1,000 pounds.

Bennett had chartered Job Site, a 53-foot Hatteras, out of the Ocean City Fishing Center with his two sons.

Entries for the 1991 Yachting Governor's Cup sailing race from Annapolis to St. Mary's College are being accepted through Tuesday, July 23. The 70-mile race down the Chesapeake Bay will be sailed overnight with the starting gun at 6 p.m. Aug. 2.

The entry fee is $75 per boat. Forms and additional information may be obtained by calling the college at (301) 862-0291.

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