Friday, June 22, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Beware of sharks

What's hot: Sharks are primal feeding machines that bring fear to all that encounter them. That includes tarpon and Spanish mackerel. Lately, fishermen around the bay area have watched in awe as huge bull and hammerhead sharks make a meal of a struggling tarpon. For the next month, there will be lots of big sharks — until the birthing of their pups. That is when parents move on to prevent feeding on their offspring.

Adventure: Recently, we hooked a shark that was about 15 feet long, half the length of my boat. The hammerhead eventually "towed" my boat nearly 4 miles until the line parted after touching the prop below. The battle took 2 hours, 39 minutes. Three anglers had to take turns fighting the shark on 50-pound tackle.

Tip: Slow-moving stingrays are among sharks' favorite meals, and an abundance can be found offshore and in the backwater.

Larry Blue charters the Niki Joe from Madeira Beach Marina. Call (727) 871-1058 or visit captainlarryblue.com.

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