Apr 29

And We Tought Florida Sharkfishing was Easy!

Why bother with a boat, cut bait, and chum when you can catch sharks from your balcony with a pork chop? Anglers in Australia’s “Gold Coast” region of southeast Queensland (central east coast of Australia) can bull shark fish from home along hundreds of miles of brackish canals. This quote from the UK Telegraph on shark fishing along the canals of Australia’s Gold Coast says it all: Continue reading

Sep 23

A Strange Encore to the Destin Deep-Water Shark Tournament – Taking a Lie-Detector Test to Prove You’ve Won

shark_tournament2.jpgCherie Mills took top honors in the Lady Angler category in the 2006 Destin Deep-Water Shark tournament, but it took more than landing a 480lb Tiger Shark to do it.

A challenge by second place finisher Virginia Lipscomb over allowable assistance by Mills’ crew invoked a rather interesting clause in the tournament rules – resolution via polygraph.

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Sep 22

Another in-the-bay Bull Shark, this one just off Cinco Bayou in Fort Walton Beach

Shark011From an e-mail forward at work today, we learned about a 6′ bull shark caught near Cinco Bayou Bridge, in Fort Walton Beach on the 10th of September. Least anyone have misconceptions, this is not uncommon. Bull sharks are the most common shark in our area – and also the type of shark most adapted to brackish and even fresh water. Bull sharks have been found as far north as St Loius, Missouri on the Mississippi river and caught quite often in the bay, bayous, and intercoastal waterway around Destin. We are not aware of any inshore human attacks in this area.

Quoting from the e-mail: Continue reading

Jun 30

Nice article on a Mako tournament in Maryland on Marinernetwork.net

Found a great article on a recent Mako tournament at Marinernetwork.net. They hooked up a large Tiger shark during the 3-day event, and quite a few smaller fish.

An excerpt:”Unfortuantely for us (yet fortunate for the shark), the OC Shark Tournament is organized as a conservation tournament and Tiger sharks are off limits for weigh in. We were now fishing for release points. After having the bimini twist enter and subsequently exit the roller guides 30 or 40 times more times, we got the feeling we may have been fishing with light tackle and we definately “needed a bigger boat”. We finally got our release and our picture (with the angler, the boat number arm band, and the shark all in one frame – don’t asked me how we accomplished it). The fight took 2 hrs and 41 min and we estimated the fish at 15ft long and 800+lbs. “