Giant Shark lost from the Beach

Discussion in 'Surf Fishing Reports' started by Blacktip Hunter, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. Blacktip Hunter

    Blacktip Hunter Newbie

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    A friend of mine dropped off a fresh cobia carcass earlier that the day. The wind was blowing from the west and I had high hopes. We hit the beach and deployed 3 baits. Within 15 minutes my rod with the cobia started bouncing. I picked the rod up and waited. Then line started burning off the reel. I set the hook and the line went completely slack. I reeled up the slack and caught up to the shark. Then the shark just took off straight east, ripping line off the reel. He took a nice run in the beginning, went below half spool. I gained a lot of line on the shark and then he just woke up. He burned another 400+yds of line. I had a very high drag with a Duel 12/0w. At that moment I realized that this shark would die if I continued to fight it. I wanted to keep going, but it’s more important to me for the fish to live than to have my trophy. I switched with Peter 30 minutes into the fight.

    Peter harnessed up and took the rod. He bumped the drag lever up to one notch below full drag. Peter laid back in the harness and had a standoff with the shark. He started gaining line and within 20 minutes we were back into the mono. Shortly after the line went lack. We quickly reeled in the remaining line and discovered that the 20/0 Mustad had been bent out significantly. Peter said, “this was the strongest fish he had ever felt”, much stronger than his 13’9” hammerhead that he caught in the 2014 Blacktip Challenge. It could have been a giant hammer or a huge tiger. We have no idea. It wasn’t a foul hooked fish, the hook had significant bite marks in it.

    Here is the video:

     
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  2. salmonator

    salmonator Newbie

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    daaamm !
     
  3. rrocco

    rrocco Newbie

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    Awesome report and video!
     
  4. NoLDR

    NoLDR OG BD member

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    Big fish that's for sure. I was half expecting that line to break when he was really pulling back on that fish good to see it didn't. Those are the kinds of days that keep you coming back for more. To bad they didn't see a tail fin or something.

    Brad
     
  5. slapazz

    slapazz Member

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    Wow, that is sick.
     
  6. Jig Strike

    Jig Strike . . . new and improved

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    yeah buddy !!!
     
  7. hawkplayer32

    hawkplayer32 I'd rather be fishing.

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    I need to try this whole surf fishing thing
     
  8. CHADDY

    CHADDY Cal

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    gved823 Member

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    Way cool, thanks for sharing
     
  10. stairman

    stairman ......

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    a ten pound halibut is a good surf fish here!!
     
  11. lkatdpelicanfly

    lkatdpelicanfly Lizard Fish Slayer

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    Had to be the world record Mola!
     
  12. Pescadoro

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    thats outrages ..thanks for sharing..
     
  13. FNNBONES

    FNNBONES Newbie

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    Sick vid for sure. You big game shark hunters back east are in a class by yourselves for sure!
    Thanks for the adrenalin RUSH!
     

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