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Fishermen catch 11-foot shortfin mako shark

July 17, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Four fishermen from Orange County caught a shortfin mako shark near Oxnard on Sunday.

It was 11 feet long from tip to tip and weighed in at 860 pounds.

The team, captained by Chad Compton of La Mirada, reeled in the big shark in just over an hour.

The catch gave Compton the lead in this year's Channel Islands Mako Shark Tournament.

The toughest job was getting the shark off the boat and up on a crane.