Record sized Leopard Shark landed in Southern California

Helmut Nickel, Shark Year Magazine,
29. May 2013

Date: 13. May 2013
Location: San Diego, California, USA.
Species: Leopard shark ( Triakis semifasciata ).
Weight:  23.22 kg ( 51lbs 3oz ).

Chuck Burguin may have caught a record-breaking Leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata) while fishing off San Diego in the early evening of May 13th.

The large specimen weighed in at exactly 51 pounds 3 ounces (or 23.22 kg ) and measured 72 inches (182.88 cm) in length. The angler used a live Sardine with a dropper loop rigging on the pole to catch the shark. He just got into contact with the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) to submit an all-tackle world record application.

If certified by the IGFA, Chuck Burguin’s Leopard shark will exceed the previous all-tackle world record by 6 lbs 12oz, which was also caught in the waters of Southern California in December 2011.

You can find more information on the current IGFA world record for this shark species in our related post Potential New World Record Leopard Shark.

Photo courtesy of Charles Burguin.

Leopard shark Triakis semifasciatum IGFA All-tackle Record Chuck Burguin San Diego California


  1. Monssef cheneau

    Just beat this record 
    57 pounds 

    Newport back 

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