Well guys, the hooks been set, the fish reeled in, gaffed, tail roped, and she's fully secured to the gin pole, it's time to plug in the coordinates for the head buoy, point her North, and head back to port on this one.
I had a little chit-chat today with Lisa Natanson, she works in the lab for the N.M.F.S. involved with collecting all the scientific information on sharks including length/weight ratios. She is also very involved with the Cooperative Shark Tagging Program. She is extremely knowledgeable in this field and I found my conversation with her to be very informative. Let me 1st. tell you something that had occured to me with some concern, and she cleared this up. The information they gather on sharks DOES NOT come from the cards that we submit to them. For obvious reasons, that information can be VERY INACURATE. They have complied their statistical database from 1st. hand observations of countless thousands of sharks. Very, very detailed information is taken from each specimen and recorded in scientific journals to be analyzed. They take VERY EXACT measurements of each fish, thay just don't look at it and say, "that's a 10 footer".
According to Lisa, the information they provide on the length/weight ratio is correct, but it is an average. Many factors determine what a fish's weight will be, age, sex, and also like I pointed out, the time of year you catch the fish. It seems our "Springtime" Blue Sharks are not only hungry, but their livers are considerably smaller at this time of year too. Just as a side note to this, sharks have very big livers, when cleaning your Mako, it is a good idea to keep and freeze the liver, it makes GREAT chunk for your slick on the next trip. Anyway, the bottom line is that the information they provide is correct as an average, but you can find some swings in weight depending on certain factors, some of which I mentioned above.
This is one of the things I love about our sport, you never stop learning, I learned something today, I hope some of you did as well, and, I hope Makoman16 learned something too.