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>> Some record sharks and rays [topic: previous/next]
PostPosted: Tue May 09, 2017 10:04 am
Ken Jones


Posts: 9447
Location: California

Still working on this one since many of the large sharks and rays are released and guesstimated weights rule the day. In addition, many time a length is taken instead of a weight. Eventually I will go through my records and get some "length" additions, especially for some thresher sharks and 7-gill sharks. Take these with a grain of salt although they were undoubtedly big fish.

Thresher Shark —

125 Lbs. — Huntington Beach Pier, May 2009
Source: Let’s Go Fishing, Huntington Breach Pier

100+ Lbs. — Ocean Beach Pier, Inez Chavarin, September 2006
Source: PFIC

100+ Lb. — Santa Monica Pier, October 2007
Source: Santa Monica Bait Shop

Great White Shark —

≈ 1800 Lbs., Newport Pier, Frank Claudenia, October 23, 1923
Source: Santa Ana Register, October 30, 1923

≈ 250 Lbs. — Manhattan Beach Pier, David Bird, October 1987
Source: Los Angeles Times, October 29, 1987

≈ 200 Lbs. — Hermosa Beach Pier, 2003
Source: PFIC

≈ 150 Lbs. — Manhattan Beach Pier, Mike Walker, October 1987
Source: Los Angeles Times, October 29, 1987

Hammerhead Shark —

200+ Lbs. — Oceanside Pier, Max Gray, September 8, 1949
Source: Oceanside Pier Bait Shop

10 feet, nine inches — Hollister Ave. Pier (Santa Monica), October 5, 1906
Source: Los Angeles Herald, October 5, 1906

10 feet, six inches — Hollister Ave. Pier (Santa Monica), October 5, 1906
Source: Los Angeles Herald, October 5, 1906

Oil Shark (?) — Typically Soupfin Sharks were called “Oil Sharks” back in the day. However, soupfins are only supposed to reach a length of about 6.5 feet so I am not sure what this was.

9 Feet 6 inches (estimated 350-400 pounds), T. J. Spencer, Ocean Park Pier, October 10, 1909
Source: Los Angeles Herald, October 10, 1909

Grouper Shark (??) — I have no idea what this was. 7-gill shark, basking shark, white shark, mako — no idea.

285 Lbs., Avalon Pleasure Pier, John Kassar, December 1918
Source: The Catalina Islander, December 8, 1938

Angel Shark —

65 Lbs. — Cayucos Pier, August2004
Source: Source: Glenda, The Tidepool B&T, Cayucos

50+ Lbs. — Rainbow Pier (Long Beach), James Borchers, May 19, 1948
Source: Long Beach Independent, May 20, 1948

50 Lbs. — Capitola Wharf, July 1999
Source: Capitola Wharf Bait Shop

36 Lbs. — San Clemente Pier, April 2008
Source: PFIC

30-pound, 43-inch — Cayucos Pier, April 1997
Source: Glenda, The Tidepool B&T, Cayucos

7-Gill Shark —

≈ 185 Lbs. Santa Monica Pier, 1996
Source: Santa Monica Pier Bait Shop

≈ 180 Lbs. Cayucos Pier, November 1998
Source: Glenda, The Tide Pool B&T, Cayucos

≈ 150+ Lbs. — Crystal Pier (San Diego), March 2012
Source: PFIC

112 Lbs. — Ocean Beach Pier, May 2006
Source: PFIC

Bat Rays —

≈ 220 Lbs. — Ventura Pier, early ‘80s
Source: PFIC

203 Lbs. — Stearns Wharf (Santa Barbara), James Elledge, April 24, 2004
Source: Personal comm. Boyd Grant; PFIC

≈ 200 Lbs. — Hermosa Beach Pier, “Mola Joe”, 1980s
Source: PFIC

≈ 200 Lbs. — Oceanside Pier, April 2006
Source: Oceanside Pier Bait Shop

≈ 200 Lbs. — Ocean Beach Pier, August 1998
Source: PFIC

≈ 200 Lbs. — Huntington Beach Pier, December 2009
Source: Let’s Go Fishing, Huntington Beach Pier

≈ 200 Lbs. — Huntington Beach Pier, May 2014
Source: Let’s Go Fishing, Huntington Beach Pier

≈ 200 Lbs. — Seal Beach Pier, March 2001
Source: Big Fish Bait & Tackle, Seal Beach

181 Lbs.* — Huntington Beach Pier, Bradley. A. Dew, 1978
Source: California Dept. Fish and Wildlife
* = Official state record fish

175 Lbs. — Aliso Beach Pier, August 1984
Source: Aliso Beach Pier Snack Shack

≈ 170 Lbs. — Seal Beach Pier, May 2001
Source: Big Fish Bait & Tackle, Seal Beach

160 Lbs. — Ocean Beach Pier, May 2009
Source: PFIC

≈ 160 Lbs. — Seal Beach Pier, March 2001
Source: Big Fish Bait & Tackle, Seal Beach

150+ Lbs. — Santa Monica Pier, May 2008
Source: Santa Monica Pier Bait Shop

150 Lbs. — Santa Monica Pier, May 2002
Source: Santa Monica Pier Bait Shop

≈ 150 Lbs. — Oceanside Pier, April 2001
Source: Oceanside Pier Bait Shop

≈ 150 Lbs. — Oceanside Harbor Pier, August 2009
Source: PFIC

≈ 140 Lbs. — Seal Beach Pier, March 2001
Source: Big Fish Bait & Tackle, Seal Beach

135 Lbs. — San Clemente Pier, June, November 1999
Source: PFIC

125 Lbs. — Huntington Beach Pier, Greg Taite, April 1999
Source: Let’s Go Fishing, Huntington Beach Pier

123 Lbs. — Huntington Beach Pier, Robert Gerber, March 1999
Source: Let’s Go Fishing, Huntington Beach Pier

106 ½ Lbs. — Belmont Pier (Long Beach), Bill Kerny, October 13, 1960
Source: Long Beach Independent, October 14, 1960

104 Lbs. — Rainbow Pier (Long Beach), Dave Feske, October 13, 1960
Source: Long Beach Independent, October 14, 1960

100+ Lbs. — Stearns Wharf (Santa Barbara), June 1997
Source: Mike’s Bait & Tackle, Stearns Wharf, June 1997

Big Skate —


130 Lbs. — Capitola Wharf, Early 2000’s
Source: Capitola Wharf Bait Shop

≈ 100+ Lbs. — Cayucos Pier, July 2004 (100+ pounds, 5” wide and 5’ long)
Source: Glenda, The Tidepool B&T, Cayucos

≈ 100+ Lbs. — Trinidad Pier, Rosie, March 1997 (100+ pounds, 4 ½’ wide and 5 ½’ long)
Source: Salty’s Bait and Tackle, Trinidad

95-Lbs. — Morro Bay North T-Pier, December, 1999
Source: PFIC

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