Caught my first shaaaak

Discussion in 'The Tackle Box' started by SWAGA, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    71E36C45-5D51-4121-81D5-27D08F7E4CFF.jpeg 2AC3E9CF-3F2C-4295-848A-7C0B3C3D06B5.jpeg Late November casting off the beach SW Florida I caught my first shark.
    Ok it’s a baby but it still a shark.
    Thought (wrong) that it was protected so after much wrangling tossed it back.
    Like grabbing a grown man by the forearm, just muscle. Probably 2.5 feet tip to nose.
    Had trouble holding it down with one hand as I was trying to get the hook out.
    Nothing special as far as rigs: White Walmart Special $29.95, Shorty is a pawnshop score for $15 to catch the bait fish and black taller one is also a pawnshop score for $40 including reel.
  2. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

    NE Utah
    And it took you two months to tell us?:confused:

    But really...that's cool. Some people say shark is good eats, I have no idea. My SIL caught one about that size on the Texas coast, he threw it back as well.
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  3. cicpup

    cicpup Resident PITA Supporting Member

    He was banned till like a week ago. Didn't you notice he was gone?
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  4. I personally am not a fan of shark. No flavor. If you want flavor you have to marinate it. Even then it only tastes like whatever you marinate it in. I've tried cooking it myself and I've tried it at a beachside restaurant. I really wanted to like it too because, hey, it's shark. How cool is that?
  5. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    Yeah next time I’m gonna grill that little sucker.
    Alledgedly only the baby ones are good to eat as larger gets contaminated with heavy metals and whatnot as they’re an apex predator.
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  6. Send it to Donald instead.
  7. Pistolkitty

    Pistolkitty Supporting Member

    Shark is fantastic if it's fresh. Any I've had from a store or restaurant around here- no bueno. But when I've had it within a few hours of being caught on the east coast- very good!
  8. EvilE424

    EvilE424 Death to Dishonor Lifetime Supporter

    I imagine the big ones contain mercury. Nasty stuff, I had a friend get mercury poisoning from a tuna he caught...pretty scary! Poor baby shark never stood a chance against the expert fishermen that is Swag! Did you dazzle it with your good looks? HP forum Swagz is pretty handsome
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  9. SWAGA

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  10. If you have eaten "sea scallops" odds are you have eaten shark.... :D
  11. Jhow79

    Jhow79 Supporting Member

    Swaga , what beach you fishing at? If you're going to eat shark a small black tip is a good choice.
  12. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

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  13. WECSOG

    WECSOG Member

    I was at Panama City Beach about a week after Katrina. Stood at the edge of the water almost between two buildings. It was pretty strange; there was a shelf maybe 6-8 inches wide where the water was ankle deep and then it abruptly dropped off to 3-4 feet deep. The water was calm, and there were fish swimming back and forth. When I looked closer I realized that those fish were sharks. Occasionally a stingray would cruise by, too.

    That was a pretty wild trip. A friend of mine had bought a custom, kick-only 1977 Superglide with a high compression S&S engine on ebay. It was in PCB, and when he heard about all the shenanigans after Katrina he got worried about it and asked me to help him go get it. So we gathered up all the gas cans we could find, filled them and put them and some camping gear into his truck and headed that way.
  14. Jhow79

    Jhow79 Supporting Member

    Don't worry I'm not trying to steal your "shark hole", I can walk out my back door hop in my boat and be in Pine Island sound in 15 mins, Boca Grand pass in 30 mins. I've been a avid fisherman in swfl for over 20yrs and was going to suggest some other beach spots that hold some large sharks.
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  15. Dane

    Dane Supporting Member

    I have caught a few while fishing offshore for grouper.

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  17. cicpup

    cicpup Resident PITA Supporting Member

    Skate actually.
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  18. Rerun

    Rerun Member

    Did all the tiny ball bearings give it away...?

    Inquiring eldar
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  19. EvilE424

    EvilE424 Death to Dishonor Lifetime Supporter

  20. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

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    Caught another sharky about 10 min after getting to the beach today.
    Drew quite a crowd with a lot of kids so I nursed that one back into the water. Around 5pm just about ready to pack up and go home caught my second one for the day and decided to keep this one. Drew another crowd.
    Couldn’t get the hook out so decided to grill this puppy. It had some fight in him.
    Ended up with 10 shark steaks.
    Had my first shark steak ever tonight.
    Is pure muscle so very lean meat.
    Very light flavor.
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