Randy Smith: The 300-Pound Shark That Got Away

Monday, July 8, 2019 - by Randy Smith
Randy Smith
Randy Smith
I've never really recognized deep sea fishing as a sport, until now. If bass fishing can be a sport, so can deep sea fishing. My son Dave, son-in-law Chris, my three oldest grandchildren and myself hit the high seas early this morning, eagerly anticipating a big Amberjack, or maybe a Red Snapper. What we actually caught were four mackerel. But what we didn't catch was what made it a sport. 

After Boone and DellaMae had brought in a couple of mackerel, my oldest grandson Coleman hooked a huge fish; one that was hooked and tried to run. At nine years old, Coleman was no match for what was on the other end of that fishing line so my son Davey got control of the pole and started reeling it in.
After 15 minutes the fish had still not been brought aboard. In other words it was a monster. The boat Captain saw it from the top of the boat and informed us that we had hooked a shark.....a six to seven foot long, 300-pound shark. 

When the kids heard that, they began to squeal and Davey suddenly became a bit antsy. He has always wanted to catch a shark and now on the other end of the line was a big one. All he had to do was reel it in. The Captain warned him to never stop reeling or the shark was likely to get away. He reeled and he reeled some more. Twenty minutes passed and he was still reeling. The shark was not giving up without a fight. It crossed over to the other side of the boat and Davey was still reeling. All of a sudden, the shark hit top water and we got a glimpse of it. It was huge. At least six feet long and must have weighed at least 300 pounds.  As everyone else stood in awe of the creature, Davey continued to reel.

All of a sudden, the line went slack. The shark had gotten off the line and escaped. The Captain and first mate agreed they had never seen anything like it. After almost a half hour of fighting, the shark had won. It got away and lived to see another day. Davey was exhausted and rightly so. Can you imagine reeling hard and non-stop against a 300-pound fish for almost a half hour? 

The Captain told us the shark probably was hooked in the side and didn't bite the bait and that made it possible to get away, But wherever we hooked him, he's going to be sore for a while.

All in all, it was a fun day. We paid $700 for a half day, and that didn't  include a $120 tip. That's a total of $820 total and comes down to $205 each for four fish. Who says it's more expensive to eat out?  

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Randy Smith can be reached at rsmithsports@epbfi.com

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