Big fish story: This week was filled with big fish stories. Sharks have arrived with a fury on many offshore wrecks. Numerous species were spotted, but large spinner sharks mostly stole the show. They can rip a lot of line off the reel in seconds, adding outrageous aerial displays. This action can be fun for anglers who simply want a big fish on the other end of the line.
Huge hammerhead: We also had a 15-foot hammerhead cruising just below the surface, circling the boat for hours. It kept a close eye on all the commotion. At one point the hammerhead got so excited, it took a bite out of a 5-foot spinner shark while we were fighting. This attack is typical; hammerheads like to wound other big fish by crippling them near the tail. It's just not common to have a giant, 1,000-pound shark try to eat a 100-pounder. My clients will never forget that day. We hooked the hammerhead but got broken off immediately by its massive tail.
Gigantic groupers: Another big species of fish we caught this week was goliath grouper. A good number of these bottom dwellers migrated our way, settling on many larger wrecks. Between these big grouper and all the sharks, we had our hands full.
Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach and can be reached at [email protected], jawstoo.com or (727) 439-2628.