I landed another nice bonnethead shark this morning out at playa linda beach. (Here’s the video of catching a shark last summer.) The weather was gorgeous, no bugs, gentle breeze. Real easy fishing. The playa linda beach has restored itself nicely from the depletion in the 2004 hurricanes. So much sand was washed away that season that I recall the water was lapping at the dune lines at high tide. This picture here was just shy of the morning high tide.The shark put up a great fight, and was released unharmed.
On the way back, I stopped at the newly renovated Lake Loughman lodge on the St. Johns. river system. The water level is so low, the lodge is about to close down. I watched this guy trying to get his 3.5 ton truck out of the bog. He tried to winch himself out, but only succeeded in pulling the truck deeper into the bank. A tow truck driver arrived, and he did the exact same thing, and pulled the stuck truck even deeper. Then the tow driver drove around behind and tried to pull the stuck truck the other way, but he got himself stuck. When I left, they were sitting in the shade waiting for a bigger truck.
The News-Press: Boating & Fishing
A potential world record hammerhead shark was caught on Wednesday in Boca Grande Pass.
Captains Owen Osborne, left, and James Holland, center, assisted Capt. Andy Whitbread in capturing this potential world record great hammerhead shark Wednesday in Boca Grande Pass, where they spotted it devouring a tarpon.
OutdoorsBest Forums: 9-ft Shark landed off Sunglow Pier This is in Daytona Beach. The writer says it took about 30-minutes to land and 9 people to bring up on the dock with 2 gaffs. The surfers nearby were nonplussed.
Its an Amazing Fishing Video
Three people have sent me this video (as giant file attachments), so I figure I should share it here. It is truly amazing; a trite fishing cliche come to life. (hosted by google.video)
Update: Snopes.com is investigating the legitimacy of this video.
I’m camping at Long Point park in south Brevard county this week. Heading back for a caroling job friday night, and then a Makeshift gig in Cocoa saturday night.
Weather’s been pretty good, I’ve had some really nice days. Fishing is good, catching is not so good, and its not just me; everyone is getting skunked. The flounder run was in full swing last week, but this week nada. I’ve had some action just nothing worth keeping. Even the 23″ trout I caught is out of season.
I had the day off of work, so I went out early this morning. I would estimate this redfish at 30+ lbs, I landed him with a 6″ plastic jerk bait on 8lb test line. It was a long fight getting him to the boat (I hooked up while under the bridge in the background), then trying to set up this picture took a little bit of time. I flushed water back and forth through his gills by holding him along side of the boat, and he revived and swam off.
After many weeks, I took my boat out saturday to shake the dust off my fishing tackle. I didn’t launch until shortly after noon at the south end of Mosquito Lagoon. I stumbled into a nice redfish for dinner. Also saw 2 alligators, a bald eagle, dolphins and manatee.