July 31, 2010

Kayak Fishing for Sharks

It's that time of year again...the dreaded Shark Week. Every year, the Discovery Channel hosts a one week deluge of shark stories, tales, and horrors. For people fearful of sharks, it is probably their worst week of the year. But for others, who have a fascination and appreciation for sharks, it is a week not to be missed. So with that said, let's up the Jaws music and talk about kayak fishing and sharks.

Although I haven't tried it yet, I've taken a real interests in the idea of kayak fishing. It seems like a great way to spend a few relaxing hours on the water and maybe bring home some fresh dinner. I wasn't even really familiar with the idea of fishing from a kayak until I made the post a couple years ago about a guy who landed
a Hammerhead shark while kayak fishing at Fort Fisher.

Now don't' get me wrong, I'm interested in fishing for the toothless variety...maybe later I'll consider moving up to a higher food chain target. But in the meantime, I still find it fascinating hearing stories about these fisherman who go after apex predators from the safety of a floating, plastic bobber. With that said, here are a couple of cool videos that recently caught my eye. The first one is from Cape Hatteras, NC and is titled "Sandy's Shark Sleighride." The other one is from Australia and involves a kayak fisherman looking for snapper but ends up being stalked by a Great White instead. Not a good situation.

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