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The Fishing Is Great…

But you might want rethink the swimming and surfing.

From the Associated Press some good news about fishing in the Gulf south of me: ‘It was like ‘Jaws” — 844-pound shark caught

The fight by Adlee Bruner and friends to pull the 11-foot mako shark onto the boat from the Gulf of Mexico took more than an hour on Saturday. But when they made it back to land, it was a record for the decades-old Destin Fishing Rodeo.

And when they cleaned the shark they didn’t find anything that could be readily identified as a swimmer or surfer…that they reported about…if they found a watch or cell phone they would have reported it…probably. Hemingway gave them a bad rap just because one ate the old man’s fish. Okay, so that leaping into boats thing isn’t very nice, but they didn’t ask us to visit.


1 hipparchia { 10.15.07 at 7:12 pm }

makos aren’t quite as dangerous to humans as white, tiger, and bull sharks, particularly in florida. they have got some seriously fearsome teeth though.

unfortunately for them, we attack and kill far more sharks than they do humans.

2 Bryan { 10.15.07 at 7:40 pm }

They swim well off shore unlike the bull sharks. They are a favorite of big game fishermen because of their speed and leaping, and unfortunately appear on menus as a result.

3 hipparchia { 10.15.07 at 8:07 pm }

shark meat is delicious, but it takes a fair amount of preparation to make it edible. it’s my understanding that an awful lot of the sharks that are caught don’t end up as food [apart from the craze for sharkfin soup]. i’m of the if-you-kill-it-you-should-eat-it school, but 844 lbs of shark? that’s a lot of milk, especially at $4/gallon [or more]. even i would probably balk at that.

4 Bryan { 10.15.07 at 9:33 pm }

It had 200 pounds of innards, mostly the grouper the guys on the boat were actually trying to catch, but were being eaten by the shark every time they got caught.

Makos go after billfish in the Atlantic, so they are one of the more common shark catches. They show up in a lot of things unlabeled.

When it comes to fish, if I didn’t catch it, I not interested in eating it. I have seen too much bad fish all over the world.

5 hipparchia { 10.16.07 at 2:29 am }

i vastly prefer fish when someone other than me has done the catching, cleaning, and cooking, but i’ll definitely agree with you on the untrustworthiness of a lot of sources.

the one time i went deep-sea fishing, all my fish got eaten as i hauled them up through 37 😈 miles of water. never again.

6 Bryan { 10.16.07 at 8:19 am }

It is disheartening, especially when you have to get the heads off the line.