Massive mako shark caught off Huntington Beach, California

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California-- A group of fishermen pulled a huge shark out of the water 15-miles off of Huntington Beach.

The massive mako shark is 11 feet long, 8 feet in girth and weighed more than 13-hundred pounds!

the group is actually waiting to find out if they broke a world record.

Jason Johnston, one of the fishermen who caught the shark, says it took more than two hours and a quarter-mile of line to reel it in.  "Once it got close to the boat it got really dangerous, then they had to put the gas in it and I had to reel it all the way to the boat we had to tie the tail up with a rope."

The captain fended off criticism. Matt Potter told the LA Times, "It's just like any other fishing," he said. "The state limit for mako is two per person per day. We only kept one mako for a total of 18 passengers out there three days." The rest were released, he said.

The shark is expected to be donated to a research organization for study.

The web team contributed to this report.