Do They Swim With You?  

by Pool Builders on 11-02-2008 in Articles

Do You Know The Graveyard?

I love "The Graveyard Of The Atlantic". You never

can tell what might show up there. I have seen

the very strange Sunfish with no tail. It was

quite a phenomenon! I have seen acres upon acres

of dolphin swimming in protective pods. I have

been blessed and was there on those days of no

reason for the abundance of wildlife on the ocean.

I have caught spots over 1 lb. completely

filling my cooler. I have been fishing down here

for over 20 years. This place is a great refuge

of marine estuarine wildlife.

Last week I learned a valuable lesson about

humans and bait in the water. As I chucked my 7ft.

cast net in about 4ft. of water after a school

of glass minnows; I was bumped very hard on my

shin. I saw a 2ft. dorsal fin cruising away from

me. My shin was scratched and bleeding slightly

when the 2ft. dorsal fin materialized again and

came straight at me and became a 6ft. Lemmon

shark! This shark is a man eater and I gave him a

mouth full of cast net! Lucky for me he got mad

at the cast net and destroyed it. I backed out of

the water and by the grace of God I did not get

hit. It happened so fast that I was not scared

until I got back on the beach! In 2008 between

Fort Macon and Emerald Isle we had two documented

shark attacks that caused serious injury

requiring stitches. I personally know of five

surfers who got bumped like myself this year. I

saw their abrasions.

I have noticed over the last two years the shark

population has increased greatly. I have caught

several in the 100 lbs. to 135 lbs. class this

year. This is due to larger size limits and I

believe greater numbers of hurricanes. Last year

I hooked a Blacktip that had a very good chance

of being a state record. She cleared the water by

15 feet about 10 times! She was every bit of 11

feet long and fat. You would have been amazed at

how fast the ocean emptied of people! I was not

fishing for sharks so I had a mono leader that

after six minutes was cut with the shark's teeth.

I think that people should be very aware when

they are swimming in the ocean. We are in their

pool and not the other way around. My advice to

you is never go in murky or dirty water. Under

these conditions a shark might very well mistake

a person for game. Do not ever leave small bite-

size children alone in the water. Sharks are

opportunistic killers and have no problem eating

small prey as well as attacking prey twice their

size. If you are a female never I mean never go

into the ocean when you are menstruating. My goal

here is not scare you but rather to make you

aware that there are sharks swimming with you.

If fishing interests you go to: Top-Digital- or Top-Digital-Products.

com/saltwater-fishing for some fantastic free

fishing videos, great fishing tips and the latest

fishing equipment.

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