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BANG! What was that?

OK, I'd worked most of the week between two cities and two projects had a lovely dinner with a pretty lady and was just tired Saturday morning. But laundry HAD to be done. So I didn't get out on the water till late.

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.


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I never did get a decent nap though.
Bakerman formerly known as Bakerman.

Replies

  • FishingAddictFishingAddict Senior Member Posts: 170 Deckhand
    If a 4 foot shark can swim around in your boat, it's time to start bailing!!:wink
  • Bassin AssassinBassin Assassin Senior Member Riverview, FLPosts: 1,317 Officer
    LOL and it's a Scout boat at that. What's up with all that water in the boat? Nice shark btw.
    Improve Our Fishery - Practice Catch and Release
  • BakermanBakerman Senior Member Posts: 1,222 Officer
    LOL and it's a Scout boat at that. What's up with all that water in the boat? Nice shark btw.

    Three things......

    1. On smaller CCs with a deck over the bilge the deck scuppers of the self bailing deck/cockpit are near the water line.

    2. In this case the boat takes on a stern down at rest trim when the fuel tank is 1/4 full or less and moveable weight is aft. Only an inch or two makes a difference.

    3. When the fat az moveable weight moves to the stern the trim goes stern down and water comes in the boat when the scupper plugs are out. You can see the empty round scupper holes. My SOT fishing kayak rides a little low too.

    It is the little hassel you put up with to get a boat that does more than one thing.
    Bakerman formerly known as Bakerman.
  • BryanCBryanC Senior Member Oldsmar, FLPosts: 644 Officer
    Makes for a nice release well!
  • Anclote KeyAnclote Key Senior Member New Port Richey, FLPosts: 2,354 Officer
    Bonnet head is good eats.
    The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t. –Patrick F. McManus
  • Bassin AssassinBassin Assassin Senior Member Riverview, FLPosts: 1,317 Officer
    Ah. I recently got a Scout myself and I love it. Why not plug up those scupper holes? I would get water in my boat too, but now I just plug them. That does look tasty.
    Improve Our Fishery - Practice Catch and Release
  • LimeyLimey Senior Member Antioch/Sanibel IslandPosts: 572 Officer
  • Moken10Moken10 Senior Member DunedinPosts: 292 Deckhand
    I always wonder what kind of table fare bonnets are... I catch them often cruising the flats. Do you filet them or steak them?
  • Anclote KeyAnclote Key Senior Member New Port Richey, FLPosts: 2,354 Officer
    Moken10 wrote: »
    I always wonder what kind of table fare bonnets are... I catch them often cruising the flats. Do you filet them or steak them?

    They're one of the best sharks to eat. I usually fillet them but it's common to cut steaks. Just make sure you remove all the skin whatever way you cut them. I would soak the meat in milk overnight (optional) then rinse and marinate for a few hours in your favorite marinade. They cook great on the grill. Medium high heat for 3-4 minutes per side is all you need. It's a firm white meat with no real fishy taste.
    The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t. –Patrick F. McManus
  • BakermanBakerman Senior Member Posts: 1,222 Officer
    Limey wrote: »


    Sure I got those. The screw expand type and the lever cam lock type. But that day there was some tree dirt to wash out and I was bare foot........it was warm...........a little water is a little thing...........if you know where its coming from.

    For the record it is always good to pull the plugs when it is raining. Or when there is a possiblity of being swamped by a following sea or boat wake. The latter happend to me on Cape San Blas a number of years ago. I had the boat beached at the point. A large cruiser motored by at speed and the series of three foot stern wakes pushed the boat sideways on the beach with the first wave then filled it with the second and third. Some boy scouts helped me push it back in the water.
    Bakerman formerly known as Bakerman.
  • Moken10Moken10 Senior Member DunedinPosts: 292 Deckhand
    Thanks Anclote . I appreciate the reply
  • Anclote KeyAnclote Key Senior Member New Port Richey, FLPosts: 2,354 Officer
    Moken10 wrote: »
    Thanks Anclote . I appreciate the reply

    Sure thing.
    The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t. –Patrick F. McManus
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