BANG! What was that?
The wind was blowing so I stayed in the Little Manatee River. I'd already caught my flounder for dinner and released some shorts. I needed a nap. So I set the boat up on a wide part of the river and drifted in with the tide. Cajun thunder with a jig head dangling below deployed on a braid mainline on a fairly light 7 foot rod. Bimini up,,,,,,,feet on the steering wheel..........I just drifted with the rod in my lap.......and snoozed.
BAM! the rod nearly jumped from my hands. It first felt like it snagged a tree, but trees don't run across the river. It took line. It screemed drag. I pumped. It ran the other way. I was able to turn it several times. Meanwhile the boat still drifted. I couldn't get it close enough to see the cajun thunder much less figure out what it was for a long time. Two or three boats came by watched for a while got bored and left.
It started to tire..........and/or I started to tire.....and I got it close enough to see the float. My net was in the truck so I reached out and grabbed the line...........remember braid line. It then ran. Fortunately I let go.
It must have tired cause it came back after a few runs and got high enough to be seen. It was a bonnet head shark about 4 feet. I was able to grab the float and bring him on board, just as the hook broke. I've wrestled shark on board before, but with my wrist and knee injuries this summer I just let him thrash it out. Then threw him back. I'm always amazed how they feel like dense solid muscle. It was a good trip.
I never did get a decent nap though.