MAKO MANIA - ‘Fish of a lifetime’ draws crowd in minutes


Capt. Don Dineen jumps in elation with buddy Rodney Johnson when he sees the weight of the Mako pop up on the scales. The shark weighed in at 720 pounds.

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Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11:49 AM.

Nothing draws a crowd like a shark on the docks.

In a matter of minutes, the number of folks milling around on the docks went from about three to 300 as the crew aboard the Sure Lure backed in with a massive Mako shark at Fishing Fleet Marina Wednesday evening.

"They were coming from nowhere," said Jami Jones, of Destin Charter Services at Fishing Fleet Marina. And before you could blink an eye the docks were filled with people in hopes of getting a glance at the monster from the Gulf.

However, the crew aboard the Sure Lure didn't set out to lure in a shark, they were just out cobia fishing between Navarre and Pensacola.

"We had heard of two or three shark in the area," said Capt. Don Dineen.

About an hour before they spotted the huge Mako 30 yards past the breakers, they had reeled in what they came for, a 40-pound cobia. But then they spotted the shark in the shallow green water.

"We put about an 8-ounce ruby lip on and dropped it back. She took the bait instantly when we got it in front of her," Dineen said, noting Pam Dana hand picked the bait.

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