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Old 08-13-2015, 02:10 PM   #1
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The sea grass finally moved out on Monday and we were lucky enough to catch this big guy! Tuesday the grass was back. I am ready for clear water again.
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Old 08-13-2015, 02:51 PM   #2
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Nice catch! You do know they're protected and not supposed to be pulled out of the water?
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Regulation states--release the fish while it is in the water "when possible". It was me and my 98lb wife so that wasnt possible bud. Dont come on here and try to interperit regulations to me.
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Old 08-13-2015, 04:35 PM   #4
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awesome catch pal !!!
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Old 08-13-2015, 04:49 PM   #5
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Thanks Froggy! Sharkwrangler what about this catch?
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Old 08-13-2015, 05:31 PM   #6
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Regulation states--release the fish while it is in the water "when possible". It was me and my 98lb wife so that wasnt possible bud. Dont come on here and try to interperit regulations to me.
Not sure I follow you hoss. How was it not possible to dehook at the waters edge or cut the cable in broad daylight versus dragging it up 10 ft on the beach? Seems like more work to me.

If you look closely at the picture you posted me while you were stalking my catches, you can clearly see it's in wet sand where water had just receded from washing up on the shark. Very limited visibility and still able to get it released without dragging it halfway up the beach.
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OlsonKevin- You did fine with the release. I have caught some big sharks while sharking in the surf and would NEVER try to dehook when still in the water. Hammers are very strong and can handle being out of the water for a bit.

Great job and go get 'em again!
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last year they had to bring a front loader to pick up a half dead 12 foot hammerhead to take and bury that some asshole brought onto sand and then the tide ran out.
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last year they had to bring a front loader to pick up a half dead 12 foot hammerhead to take and bury that some asshole brought onto sand and then the tide ran out.
Hi darsinika,
I'm the asshole you reference and yes I caught that 11'5" Great Hammer.
Let me relate to you and anyone else who cares, the facts on that situation.



It was hooked about 9:30pm on Mon Sept 22nd, it was a 45 minute fight and it was never taken out of the water.
It stayed in the water with surf pushing it up on an incoming tide.
High tide was at 01:36am, the next low tide was at 07:19am.
Yes, it ended up on the sand, but not by our direct doing.

It thrashed like hell in the shore surf, beating his head and body into the bottom, I think it internally injured itself doing so.
He also wrapped the leader around his neck/gills and one side of his hammer, cuts from leader on body, gills and head.
Great Hammers are know for fighting till exhausted or dead, and for thrashing wildly, i.e. sledge hammering.

We spent four to five minutes gathering data/pic and then we tried to get it swimming.
It couldn't swim off successfully, and we spent about an hour with it trying to revive it.
It would try to swim off and stop, get washed back in by the incoming tide, repeat, repeat, and repeat.
After awhile we admitted failure and followed the letter of the law, we left the fish in the water as per FWC laws.
You ever try manhandling a 500-600# shark for a long period of time?
It isn't easy and it isn't safe for the people or shark.

Anyone who sharks for awhile knows that they will lose fish, it happens, sooner or later it is unavoidable.
Question my ethics all you want, you weren't there, you're making an ass'umption.
I'm a Catch/Tag/Release sharker, healthy live release with a tag is the goal.

This is the only shark I've ever had fail to swim off on it's own power.

Here is the report on this forum, you might be able to tell I was unhappy about the ending.
https://www.pensacolafishingforum.com...report-427050/

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Old 08-15-2015, 12:13 PM   #10
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dry sand is "landed", shark wrangler and chile both had fish on wet sand.

careful what you post.

nice hammer.
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