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I have always wondered what I was going to do if this ever happened. Here is my story and I hope this never happens to any of you!

We were filming a show targeting goliath groupers and bull sharks. Johan, the host of the fishing show (KanalGratisdotse) hooked a bonito on the bait rod. He managed to get the bonito to the boat before the sharks and porpoises ate it. I quickly put a hook into the bonito and dropped it in the water. Within a few seconds, there were 5 big bulls sharks (all over 400lbs) circling the boat. We could see the bull sharks and goliath groupers fighting over the bait. Something grabbed it and spit it out. Then another fish grabbed the bait and I reeled tight on the hook. The fish was hooked! I then slipped on the blood from the bonito and lost my balance. At the same time, the fish did a violent head shake, which ended with me going in the water.

When I was in the water, I was actually very calm. I opened my eyes and slowly backed the drag lever down on the reel. I started thumbing the spool and slowly swam up with the rod. When I got boat side, I unclipped from the harness and handed Johan the rod. I lost my hat, glasses and shoes and I had no desire to go back in the water after them. There were too many sharks under the boat. Johan tightened the drag and continued fighting the fish. Eventually the fish snapped the 200lb line and it was over. We had the fish hooked for several minutes after I got out of the water. I believe that I hooked one of the bull sharks circling the boat.

How could I have prevented this from happening? I should have washed the blood off the deck of the boat before placing a bait into the water. I also should have secured myself with a rope attached to the boat. I now always make sure that the deck is clean and safe before any bait goes in the water and also that the angler is always attached to the boat.

Here is the video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUNwzQx0P2g
 

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Yowza! Glad you're safe and thanks for sharing the learning experience with everyone! I've always been nervous about clipping into a harness myself.

Good luck!
Alex
 

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I bet it wouldn't have pulled Johan over....that's a big dude! hahaha Glad you came back and had sense about ya when adjusting in the water!
 

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If I am in a harness, I keep a knife securely clipped to me. If the drag locks up or the line gets fouled there is no loosening the drag. I surely do not want to have to chew through it.
 

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If I have my pants on...

If I am in a harness, I keep a knife securely clipped to me. If the drag locks up or the line gets fouled there is no loosening the drag. I surely do not want to have to chew through it.
I keep a Benchmade automatic at my right hand....
 
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