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Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« on: May 24, 2017, 06:08:33 AM »
Flood as in Big Evening High Tide from the New Moon...

Well, it was Tuesday and I had to consider if I was going to shark fish. Steve was taking care of very important family matters up at his parents place in Central CA and I put the call out for anyone who wanted to fish.   No takers so I started getting lazy and wasn't sure if I wanted to do a solo mission or not... but I powered through and said I'd give it two hours and see if I could get one in that short time window.

Lots of kelp and grass on the beach, but the water was very clean.  Waves varied from almost flat to 3-4' hard breakers depending on the surge.  About 45 minutes into the soak (2nd bait), I get the 7-gill rod bob, followed by a heavy pull and tail slaps!  I was on!  One big roll and direction change and POOF!  GONE!  Pulled the hook....  Time to re-bait and get it back out there. (Funny thing was I did get the bait back and except for the tore up mackerel nose, it looked sushi grade)

30 minutes later and I get a THUMPING BITE!  I jumped up to grab the rod and it was gone.  I gave it a 5-minute more minute soak before reeling in no bait.

I'm now setting the 15 minute timer as it is closing in on 10:00.  i look up to see a small tap on my line.  I walked up and got the rod in my hand when the line just loaded up and I buried that hook into him!  My drag was rather tight, and I got him close in before he realized that he he was hooked! Now the fight began and he grew quite a bit.  It was actually a tough fight and it did not want to come in.  i was guessing a juiced up male as I have noticed the swollen males seem to have a lot of spunk in them.

The bastard took me down the beach about 70 yards even though I tried to keep him in my zone.  I threw the tail rope on him more as a tether to give me a rest.  I need a bigger rope if i really want to use a tail rope correctly.

Big Mad Male


He wasn't very cooperative, but I got the data.  Trying to take pics while gathering the data was an entire different thing.  lol



Look, he's in the shape of a 7... lol



90".  Male.  Took a Mackerel Head. Waning Crescent. Flood Tide. 2-4' surf.

He started to spit up his stomach, so i worked fast for the quick release.  He was a little sluggish when returning him, but got his bearing and swam out from my hands.

Well, another one for the 2017 books!  Thanks for reading and until next tide!
« Last Edit: May 24, 2017, 12:08:39 PM by Latimeria »
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Re: Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2017, 06:38:44 AM »
Congrats. Sort of glad you lost one of them. Not really glad, but sorta. You know how it is.

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Re: Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2017, 07:07:52 AM »
Congrats. Sort of glad you lost one of them. Not really glad, but sorta. You know how it is.

I know exactly what you mean. 

(I might have to go out tonight and tomorrow and try to get closer to 50)  ;D
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Re: Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2017, 09:30:19 AM »
Congrats Tom, nice shark!  I hope I can get out again before they are gone!

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Re: Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2017, 10:29:34 AM »
Congrats. Sort of glad you lost one of them. Not really glad, but sorta. You know how it is.

I know exactly what you mean. 

(I might have to go out tonight and tomorrow and try to get closer to 50)  ;D

I would love to join you. Not going to happen though. Mediocre luck.

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Re: Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2017, 11:13:59 AM »
Congrats. Sort of glad you lost one of them. Not really glad, but sorta. You know how it is.

I know exactly what you mean. 

(I might have to go out tonight and tomorrow and try to get closer to 50)  ;D

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Re: Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2017, 12:58:30 PM »
Congrats. Sort of glad you lost one of them. Not really glad, but sorta. You know how it is.

I know exactly what you mean. 

(I might have to go out tonight and tomorrow and try to get closer to 50)  ;D


I'm fishing Thursday if you need a sandhand. hit me up

Damn, it's like that?!!
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Re: Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2017, 01:39:07 PM »
Nice going as usual Tom!

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Re: Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2017, 01:51:51 PM »
Congrats. Sort of glad you lost one of them. Not really glad, but sorta. You know how it is.

I know exactly what you mean. 

(I might have to go out tonight and tomorrow and try to get closer to 50)  ;D


I'm fishing Thursday if you need a sandhand. hit me up

Damn, it's like that?!!

You can meet up and fish with Josh and I'll meet up with Binh in a different location for a little 2 on 2 competition.  LOL  ;D
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Re: Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2017, 02:00:08 PM »
Congrats. Sort of glad you lost one of them. Not really glad, but sorta. You know how it is.

I know exactly what you mean. 

(I might have to go out tonight and tomorrow and try to get closer to 50)  ;D


I'm fishing Thursday if you need a sandhand. hit me up

Damn, it's like that?!!

You can meet up and fish with Josh and I'll meet up with Binh in a different location for a little 2 on 2 competition.  LOL  ;D

You can have them both and I'll just bring a 2nd rod.
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Re: Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2017, 04:07:53 PM »
Once again Tom, your patience & persistence is impressive.  Congrats my man.............V
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Re: Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2017, 07:46:58 PM »
Awesome job Tom.

As an FYI, shoe laces do not qualify as tail ropes. You really need to get a better one.

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Re: Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2017, 08:14:48 PM »
Awesome job Tom.

As an FYI, shoe laces do not qualify as tail ropes. You really need to get a better one.
I know. .. And I have a real tail rope, but need to reorganize the tackle pack to fit it. The shoe laces are perfect in the front pouch.
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Re: Flood Time Sharking (5/23)
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2017, 06:53:03 AM »
Mad lasso skills ;D