Bahia Honda Yesterday

We downloaded yesterday's photos of our short tarpon trip at BH, but with spotty internet couldn't add them to last night's post.

Here is Bill Hooked up and happy!


He worked the fish in close and we leadered it in reasonable time for photos and a DNA sample.


Nice work on a nice fish....


Then all heck broke loose, again!!! While taking the hook out, David shouted "Shark!" and the big hammerhead was on us at boatside.



As I mentioned last night, this was a really big shark, well over 15 ft.

We've had three shark encounters there this week, two at the boat at the end of the fight, and one early on. The line was immediately cut on the first, and we didn't have time to do anything on the second. I blame myself for yesterday: we had seen a shark earlier, but he had disappeared for 10-15 minutes, and I was wrong to assume he had left. Trying to get a picture and DNA, I encouraged our crew to finish the fight and the shark took advantage of that. I'll know better next time (and should have known and done better this time).



  • urbanRenewalurbanRenewal Posts: 395 Officer
    Lucky David was watching out else the shark might have gotten a DNA sample along with the tarpon ! 15 feet sure makes a boat feel small eh?

    Capt. Tom Urban, "urbanRenewal", Cudjoe Key, FL
  • tj5485tj5485 Posts: 139 Officer
    Great pictures! We're you using crabs? It seems the mullet are still producing quite well
  • sparse greysparse grey Posts: 1,743 Captain
    Nice pics Brad & X2 on what Tom said.
    Ron Conner Release the fish, keep the memories. Once a Knight is enough.
  • tj5485tj5485 Posts: 139 Officer
    I have fished the bridges 4 times this year and haven't ran into a shark yet thank god. Never had that happen to me yet and not quite sure what to do when it does
  • Got TA GoGot TA Go Posts: 2,608 Officer
    "Please Keep Arms and Legs inside the Vessel at all Times. " :grin


    Hero's Don't Wear Capes....They Wear Dog Tags.
  • mtd885mtd885 Posts: 1,159 Officer
    I cannot imagine how many Hammers frequent that area during the worm hatch! This is one of the reasons I switched to 12# on all my tarpon fly rods, so I can pop em off instead of bringing them to the boat.
    Good advice Rob along with, Pilgrims with long muskets step back from the gunwale!
  • tj5485tj5485 Posts: 139 Officer
    I'm going to be crushed when it happens.
  • TeamTekeTeamTeke Posts: 929 Officer
    Must be a descendent of Old Moe.
    Happiness is the journey, not the destination.
  • DogDocDogDoc Posts: 686 Officer
    Our family's first encounter with Ole' Moe at Bahia Honda was in 1986, when he grabbed a tarpon one evening. I was catching, and Nancy was running the boat and the video camera (the old kind with a separate VCR recorder connected with a cord). He took a bite out of her (the tarpon, not Nancy) middle and then left.
    Nancy was convinced he was "Going to eat us, too!", SO we ran back to BPK. We transferred the video to disc and have played it over and over for the kids, but this week's attacks were much more dramatic.

    TeamTeke wrote: »
    Must be a descendent of Old Moe.
  • DynamicDynamic Posts: 65 Deckhand
    Please post the old video!!!
  • DogDocDogDoc Posts: 686 Officer
    Sorry, I don't know how, and my wife won't let me show her big hair from the '80's to anybody but family !
    Truly, in the video you can see the brown shark hit the tarpon at the boat, the seas turn red, and then Nancy and I freaking out!
    I have seen more dramatic Bahia Honda Shark videos more recently on Youtube....look them up.
    Dynamic wrote: »
    Please post the old video!!!

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