Well not by me but Mark is one of my fishing buddies. WTG guys!!!! ------------------------------------------------ Real-life 'Jaws' caught off Kona Trio inspired by Capt. Cook's Frank Mundus by Jim Rizzuto Special To West Hawaii Today Tuesday, November 22, 2005 9:51 AM HST Frank Mundus of Captain Cook put the teeth in "Jaws," the movie. Far from scaring fishermen away from sharks, his stories have inspired many copy cats to try "Jaws," the true-life adventure. A few nights ago, a team of crazies from Melton International headed off the Kona Coast in search of big nasty predators and got more than they bargained for. Melton manager Tim Robertson joined Melton's Mark Loera on Mark's 21-foot "Coho." Dr. Bill Rhee was the team's "sharkspert" and crew, says Tim. Bill hails from Montauk, N.Y., where Frank, the legendary shark pro, turned shark fishing into an international phenomenon. "Newton Leslie tipped us off that there were some big threshers seen recently down at Pebble Beach, so that's where we targeted," Tim said. "Carlton Arai got us inspired when he and McGrew Rice on Ihu Nui tangled with a 600- to 700-pound mako the previous Sunday. That fired up Mark, Bill and me. We were already hot to go even before the Frank Mundus story appeared on Page One of West Hawaii Today. That got us even more determined. C'mon guys, what would Frank do? Go Sharkin'!!" It's hard enough to fight a big shark with conventional big game gear anchored firmly to a fighting chair. These guys decided to forego the chair advantage and fight their fish on standup gear. "Actually it's a great way to test the equipment's durability," Tim said, with the acumen of a tackle-tester and salesman. That test came at 12:30 a.m. when a 501-pound thresher shark got bloody-minded over an aku bait. In a battle lasting one hour, 8 minutes, Tim not only had to whip the thresher but he also had to ward off a cast of other curious critters including white tips and a huge whale shark. "After the whale shark befriended us, we had to dodge around it for two hours," Tim said. "It nearly ran over the line a half dozen times during the fight with the thresher. "We were using Amilan 130 IGFA line with a great hard casing that proved to be whale shark-proof. "I've never had a whale shark dog us while catching a fish. This thing had us on a slalom course trying to avoid a collision." Tim says he beat the long-tailed shark with an average reel drag of 48 pounds, which he ratcheted up to 65 pounds during the second half of the battle -- and then added more "with hands jammed in spool to stop the second run." Tim put the Penn 80 VSW reel to the supreme test, "and it performed very well under heavy drag and powerful runs. The low gear's 1.4-to-1 ratio was perfect for short-stroking the fish. "We had mounted it on one of our custom Melton stand-up 80-130 rods with a custom wind-on leader, eliminating the need for another crew to leader." After "a really gutsy flying-gaff shot by the Doc," Tim says the scene got really wild with another 10 minutes spent wrestling with the fish to gain control. At 16-feet long (seven feet of which was tail), the thresher was too big for the 21-foot boat, Tim said. "We secured it with head and tail ropes and thought we might keep fishing. The neighborhood shark gang had other ideas. First it was a couple of giant whitetips that became ten, then a couple of aggressive big blue sharks and finally a couple of tanker tigers cruising just in sight. "These fish became really aggressive quickly and that was enough for us to decide to make for home." "Thresher steaks are great eating," says Tim, "but we won't kill another unless it's a possible record. "These are truly great sport fish that are a great test of anglers and tackle." Tim says the base of the thresher's enormous tail was 24-inches around. "By comparison," he said. "The tail base on the 1,400-pound blue marlin displayed in our store is 221/2 inches. "No wonder these things are so powerful."