Cabo San Lucas is known for its spectacular big-game fishing, notably for marlin, tuna and dorado.
But lately sharks have been biting off the resort city at Baja California’s tip, and the most noteworthy recent catch was that of an estimated 220-pound lemon shark caught from the beach.
Gerardo Gonzalez of Hollister, Calif., reeled the large predator to shore after a 35-minute fight, with coaching from a Pisces Sportfishing surf-fishing guide.
The surprising catch was made on the Pacific side of the peninsula as the two were fishing for sierra mackerel at Los Arcos.
They managed to get the shark unhooked and safely back into the water after taking photos.
Lemon sharks are found in subtropical coastal waters in the Atlantic, and a small stretch of the Eastern Pacific (Mexico into northern South America).
Though southern Baja California is part of their range, rod-and-reel catches are extremely rare, especially from the beach.
Pisces also reports recent catches of thresher sharks, a hammerhead shark, and a mako shark. These were made from boats.