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Manhattan Beach Shark: Fisherman Snags 5-Foot Great White in California

By    |   Thursday, 04 Sep 2014 09:36 AM

A Manhattan Beach fisherman snagged a shark this week, just days after wildlife officials lifted a fishing ban connected to a shark attack earlier in the summer.

The man, who was not identified, reportedly reeled in a 5-foot-long juvenile great white on the California shore Tuesday afternoon, according to the blog Easy Reader News. Witnesses said the fisherman wrestled with the line for about 10 minutes, and then used pliers to dislodge the animal from the hook, releasing it back into the water.

"He definitely wasn't fishing for corbina," Manhattan Beach Marine Aquarium co-director Eric Martin said to Easy Reader, claiming that the man told him he was trying to catch bat rays. "He had shark tackle, including a plastic covered steel leader. He was very polite and seemed to know what he was doing."

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Lifeguards reportedly kept people out of the water for a period of time after the shark was released.

Manhattan Beach approved new fishing regulations in regards to equipment and methods last month in order to protect swimmers and surfers, according to the Torrance Daily Breeze. The city council temporary banned fishing on the pier while crafting the new measures, according to the newspaper.

"This is about protecting people who use the beach," councilman Wayne Powell told the Daily Breeze. "We need to have regulations in place. [These] are reasonable. They won't deny anglers their livelihoods, and they’re going to protect the safety and health of the public."

Steven Robles, 50, was attacked by a shark near Manhattan Beach in July after the animal tried to free itself from a fishing line. 

Robles said at the time that he was swimming from Hermosa to Manhattan Beach when he was attacked by a 7-foot shark.

"At that point, when I felt that crunch going right into my chest — that was it," he told KTLA-TV back in July. "I thought, 'Oh, my God.' I grabbed his nose . . . and started pushing him, trying to pry him off of my chest. He released himself and swam away immediately. I never saw him again." 

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