Jeff Fangman was out fishing with his family near Camp Pendleton in late October when he pulled in the shark.
Fangman says he's fished for many years in many locations and has pulled almost everything out of the water: bull sharks, tiger sharks and even hammerheads. But never a great white shark, and definitely never in California.
"Seeing it in the water was just, it was almost mind-blowing," said Fangman. "It's taken several weeks for the whole ordeal to sink in."
It's illegal for fishermen to target great white sharks. Fangman took a few seconds of video and released it back into the ocean.