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-


Products.com/surf-fishing 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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