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Old 05-02-2016, 11:07 PM   #1
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Had a late start this morning as I decided to sleep in after a rough month of work and trying to enjoys vacation. Ended up finding some clean water to fish for kings in the gulf but instead caught 3 sharpnose and 1 blacktip as sun was already high overhead. Decided to hit on of my favorite passes for sharks and had blue runners that I kept from my trip earlier in the day. Was rough getting out of the pass but made it. Before even baiting up I saw what I believe to be a bull shark on the surface. Lines went in shortly after and not 30 minutes in the pole with a blue runner head gets nailed. First run was nothing spectacular but after a few more runs and trying to fight back I realized I had a monster on the other end. After 30 minutes the shark goes airborne. I'm thinking this is no doubt a monster spinner shark. After another 15 minutes I get it near the yak go to grab the leader and he takes off. 15 minutes later I subdued the gianthy grabbing the leader and to my astonishment it was my first bull shark ever. Probably around 7 feet long and I'm assuming close to or pushing 200 lbs. I will upload video later. Decided to call it fairly earlier and luckily I did because the pass was rough where the sandbar met the deep water. Decided to paddle a mile to the other side to see if it was smoother but it wasn't and I had some close calls in the process but luckily the hobie is a beast. Ended up paddling from where I started and waded along the shoreline to get into the pass. If I had a choice I would probably do it again
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Old 05-02-2016, 11:08 PM   #2
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Holy &$#*! That screenshot with the pliers! not me, no sir, no way no how. Nice work tiring that beast out.
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Old 05-03-2016, 05:44 AM   #4
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Great pics; thanks for posting.

Gracious, be careful. People lose hands using pliers like that.
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A very nice report. Great photos too. I enjoyed reading your report and seeing the two photos. Thanks for sharing them.
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DAMN, you're one brave dude!
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Nice fish butank you're [email protected]#$%g nuts trying to pull out the hook. Cut the leader and say bye bye
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Old 05-03-2016, 03:18 PM   #8
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I know that spot, lots of sharks there! Lots of tarpon too in the summer. Good job
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Damn, that's a beast, nicely done. Looking forward to the video.
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DAMN, you're one brave dude!
Brave dude...yes, but not for catching the shark. Brave dude for taking on the pass in a yak. I've been there, once. Never again. I swear it took every ounce of stamina I had in me to survive paddling into an outgoing tide to get back. I should've died that day. To this day I consider it the most difficult challenge I've ever encountered while fishing.
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