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Subject: Another huge 7-gill shark reported from OB Pier—
Name: Ken Jones
Date: May-27-08 7:51pm

From the latest issue of Fish Rap (as reported by yours truly:

Several BIG fish have recently been taken at the Ocean Beach Pier with the largest being a lost-at-the-gaff 7-gill shark estimated to be between 10-10 ½ feet long. Only problem is that 7-gills are only supposed to reach about 9 feet in length. Wonder if it could have been a 6-gill (they’ve been reported to 15 feet in length). Two giant sea bass were also taken and released. The fish were both estimated at 80-pounds with one hitting a chunk of mackerel and one a live queenfish. A 160-pound bat ray was taken on 5/24. All of the large fish seem to have been taken around the evening setting of the sun, a time that coincides with the appearance of the mackerel each night. Add in a good showing of barracuda, some calico bass, and some nice opaleye near the front of the pier and it sounds like a good time to visit OB.

This 7-gill follows the capture of a 7'9" 7-gill in May of 2006. What gives with the capture of these normally deep-water sharks (in SC) at OB? Never heard of one being captured at Newport, Balboa or Redondo, the deep-water piers where I would expect these big boys to show up.

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Subject: 7-gills at San Clemente Pier
Name: Ken Jones
Date: May-27-08 8:11pm

The San Clemente Pier has seen an influx of Selachians lately. Joining the normal resident species—smoothhounds, leopard sharks and threshers—have been a number of cousin species—horn sharks, swell sharks, 7-gills (two) and angel sharks. Reports also indicated that one of the largest shovelnose sharks (guitarfish) ever seen at the pier was recently taken, a fish reported at 66 inches (although my record book says they only reach 61 1/2 inches in length).


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Subject: Re: Another huge 7-gill shark reported from OB Pie
Name: Red Fish
Date: May-27-08 8:27pm

Florida Museum of Natural History

Size, Age, and Growth
The maximum published length of the sevengill shark is 9.8 feet (3 m) total length and the maximum reported weight is 236 pounds (107 kg). Males reach maturity at 4.9 feet (1.5 m) in length while females become mature at approximately 7.2 feet (2.2 m). The life expectancy of this species is about 50 years.

Enchanted Learning
SIZE
The broadnose sevengill grows to be up to roughly 10 ft (3
m) long.

Monterey Aquarium: Online Field Guide
Size
to 10 feet (3 m)
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Ken-- The need for proper scales for weight and length and fish actually landed. The Fury under Capt. Frank Miller and Marilyn once advertised their charter with a 7-gill that had 250# written next to it with no length. The fish had a lot of girth, matter of fact, it looked like it still had an undigested harbor seal still in its guts when they took the photo. Matty's length measurements are accurate and the weight seems correct for the girth of the fish he had. The Cayucos shark that you have pictured for 7-gill looks grossly over estimated . And, that's all I have to say about that... These are notes for you Ken..not to start any thread.

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Subject: Re: Another huge 7-gill shark reported from OB Pie
Name: Red Fish
Date: May-27-08 8:56pm
Link: http://www.pierfishing.com/msgboard/pfmb_archives.mv?SearchDatabase=0&viewid=328658

Might as well throw out some more history on this shark trip...

BTW-90# coated wire is really the minimum if you want to consider yourself seriously fishing for sharks with teeth... 60# coated wire I have had shredded by almost five-footer, but got in. You could see where there was just a few thread holding 'em. Shallower depths, they don't have as much time or opportunity to roll-up and bite through the line as when they are in 30, 50..deeper feet of water. And, shallow water you can get away with a shorter trace, maybe even as short as a three-foot sturgeon leader whereas, deeper, 10, 13' or more is where it's at for the roll-up factor.

This guide is no joke: Catching SevenGill

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Subject: Re: Another huge 7-gill shark reported from OB Pie
Name: FakeFisherman
Date: May-27-08 9:25pm

Red, I do not fish a leader less than 275# and a 50 yard topshot of no less then 100# mono. I learned this year that shallow water sevengills are more prone to breaking you off than in deeper water. They'll slash through a 60# topshot like it's 20#, and I'm not talking about their teeth. Circle hooks have like a 90% mouth-hook percentage.

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