Watch: Mako shark goes ballistic after taking hookless bait

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A Southern California angler who tags sharks for research recorded what he described as a “monster mako splashdown” late Sunday near Santa Catalina Island.

Interestingly, the adult female mako shark took a live mackerel tied to a fishing line and jumped seven times against the drag of heavy tackle despite not being hooked.

The accompanying footage, captured by Keith Poe, shows four of the seven jumps.

A second video shows mako sharks taking Poe’s hookless baits and leaping in the dark to rock music.

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Poe, who tags sharks for the Marine Conservation Science Institute, told FTW Outdoors that he keeps hookless baits in the water to alert him when sharks arrive in the chum slick.

“When I want to tag a white shark or a mako shark, I use a hook and a handline,” Poe said.

Story originally appeared on For The Win