12 FOOT TIGER SHARK WELCOME VIDEO
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GREATEST LAND BASED SHARK FISHING REPORT EVER – TEAM TSF IN ACTION…EXERPTS FROM THE REPORT
After working hard all day to catch bait and deploy rods at sun set, it is time to get on with the action.
Slow action as the sun is going down. Then LA Sharkhunter’s 12/0 is picked up by a monster shark and the party is on. The guys scream Troy is on, and I head over.
The big 12/0 is growling and growling, the the monster is taking line at will. Matzy calls the catch as a big hammer. After hundreds of yards are taken off the reel, Troy puts the heat back on the fish and starts gaining line. It was brutal action. Troy would make progress and then the shark would burn the line back off the reel. We had the camera rolling and Troy was giving that shark hell, but the shark was giving Troy hell too. The sunset fades to twilight and the battle rages back and fourth. Troy pumping, pulling, and walking back to take line, then the hammer burning it off. The reel is hot and we are pouring water on the side plates. An hour passes and the shark easily on it’s 10th power run. All Troy can do it to hang in there and try to wear this monster down.
Twilight fades to darkness and this is looking like a street fight. Troy is breathing heavy, but finds the strength to keep putting the line on the reel. You can here the line whistle under the tension of the lock down drag. At about an hour and fifteen minutes the hammer turns in and comes in. Troy thought he lost the fish and puts about 150 yards on the reel and the monster heads towards the beach. Frustration turns to joy as Troy catches back up and feels the rod start to load under tension. The hammer is less than 200 yards out. Troy grits down and continue to pressure the fish and trys to scull drag it onto the beach. Back and fourth, Troy brings the shark to the bar and the last 100 yards of the fish. We get the tail rope ready, and the leader bag. Then the shark decides it wants to run down the beach. Troy leans back hard, but the shark gains momentum and starts to run again. He fights for each crank, slowly subduing the monster, gets it over the bar and we start to search with flashlights for the giant hammer’s dorsal.
As Troy brings the hammer in, we spot the big tall dorsal fine. This is a monster brute hammer.
The big hammer taped 11’7″, LaSharkhunters largest hammer to date. What a way to motivated the crew and kick stuff off; that is leadership. Matzy and the LASharhunters get in the water and walk the big hammer. After about 5 minutes the shark breaks loose and starts to turn on the guys. They quickly exit the water and the hammer is on it’s way.
Little later that night, Madshark gets this nice 5’5″ blacktip. Very well done Mark.
Well after that Hammer, we were all left with anticipation of what was to come next. Next morning, LaSharkhunterJr. is at it catching two good backtips. Here is one of them.
MONDAY NIGHT ACTION – DOUBLE TIGER HOOKUP
We work much of the day rounding up bait and anticipating the next big shark catch. We run a nice spread of fresh bait. Everyone is pumped.
Matzy gets smoked right away. He reels the bait in and the tell tale bite marks indicate tiger. Re runs the bait a second time, and gets picked up again, but misses the fish. Runs the bait a third time, this time it smokes and the bite looked like a hammer. Wow…he runs the same bait again and dozes off to sleep. Hours pass. Then the 14/0 screams, the light stick shoots into the distance, and a big shark starts dumping the reel. Matzy locks it down hard, but the shark keeps taking line at a rapid rate. Hundreds of yards out, the fish starts to slow down. Matzy goes on the offence trying to recover the 130 pound line. He makes some progress, but the shark gets a second wind and starts dumping the reel again. This is insane. Matzy calls it as a monster tiger. The shark pulls ferociously against the rugby player, and exerts tremendous pressure on the fish. We go into a tug of war pattern as Matzy gains line as the shark tires, the burning it off again. Matzy works hard to pull the shark in several hundred yards only to see the reel unload. After about 8 to 10 of these cycles, Matzy get the shark close to the bar. The shark hits the afterburners and we end up waiting in anticipation of landing the monster.
About 20 minutes into this battle, Madsharks 12/0 growls to life, and we see a light stick heading for the horizon. Just amazing. Madshark sets the hook and a heavy strong fish commences peeling line off the reel. We are in a double tiger hook up, with the anglers about 100 yards apart. Mark sqeezes the star drag down tight and puts tremendous pressure on the fish. The tiger puts it in gear and arcs the rod to the horizon taking a long steady power run. As the video camera man, this is crazy. Crew members run back and fourth between anglers shooting video and helping out. We decide to try to land Matzy’s shark.
As Matzy pulls the shark to the bar again, we hope to land it in minutes. But the shark just digs in and refuses to throw the towel in and come over. Matzy fights the shark for another 10-12 minutes before we see the dorasal. No hammer….it is a boss tiger, huge and heavy, full of vinagar and bad disposition. Troy and Travis leader the shark. Matzy sets the rod down and goes into the water too. A rope is put on the tail and I come in for the video. The shark thrashes in the water like a giant devil. The head is huge and the shark is heavy and massive. Big eyes and beautiful stripes. The shark is taped and comes in at exactly 12 feet 0 inches. Matzy has a new personal best and is a member of the esteemed 12 foot monster tiger club. The shark is incredible. A monster bad boy tiger. The fish people dream of and here it is in the wash in front of us.
Matzy climbs on top of the shark and pulls back on the head to remove the hook. The shark goes nuts and Matzy is being tossed around back and fourth on the sharks back. Water flies everywhere. The shark calms and Matzy pops the jaws open and Troy removes the hook. Wow, this is just too cool.
Matzy takes a series of pictures with the big tiger. The shark is just huge. After the photos, the shark is moved back in and released. The shark swims off with power and vigor. What a heck of a sexy big mean boss tiger. THE BITE IS ON! We run back to Madshark who is still hooked up.
Madshark continues to battle his tiger. Mark is a big muscular guy and he has the drag locked down. As Marks shark approaches the bar, the tug of war begins. Everyone is excited, we are like a bunch of dogs ready to rush a ferril hog. Twilght arrives as we finally see the shark, a nice tiger. Mark cautions us to slow down as we leader the shark. Tail rope goes on and the shark goes nuts. We pull the striped monster to the edge of the wash and start the release sequence.
Mark climbs on the shark’s back and opens the jaws for hook removal. We end up cutting the hook with bolt cutters. The shark is taped out as 10 feet 10 inches, but I notice an “S” in the shark’s back as we tape the beast, so the real length was 11 feet and change. We ask Mark if he wants another measurement, but he says, “10’10” is good enough for him, let’s put the tiger back.” We pull the shark from the wash to deeper water, turn the shark into the surf, and this one moves out vigorously and strong. Double tiger catch and release. What is next? What is next?….Keep Reading….
TUESDAY NIGHT – LASHARKHUNTERJR WITH TIGERZILLA
Well Tuesday we sepent all day hustling bait. As the sun headed for the horizon the big irons were run out. There was not one 6/0 or 9/0 deployed for sharks during the duration of the trip. About an hour before sunset, LaSharkhunterJR gets jumped.
The 12/0 is picked up, moves a short way, and them moves out slowly. Travis harnesses up, puts the reel in great, and tightens up. The shark swims a short distance and then stops. Travis is sticking him hard. The shark just sits there still. Then the line starts to move.
Travis tightens the drag down and the reel starts dumping line. Travis tightens the star down good and shark starts moving at a faster and faster pace. Travis leans back and puts weight on the shark, but the shark just keeps on heading out. It is not looking good. The shark is just dumping the reel. At about 300 yard the shark slows down, and everyone is relieved. Travis works to put line on the reel. He walks back several time and gains a small amount of line.
After the small amount of relief and line, the shark turns slightly to the right and starts another strong power run. One hundred hards of line leave the spool, and the shark continues buring one hundred yards more; a 200 yard run in total. The situation is starting to look bad. Travis is leaning back hard and starting to breath heavy. The line is singing from the pressure. Water is poured on the side plates of the reel. Everyone realizes he has a big monster. The shark has cut deep in the line capacity of the reel.
After a short break, it seems the shark has hit third winds and starts another power run, pulling another 100 yards off the reel before slowing down. Travis continues to try to put line on the reel. He has lots of mechanical advantage with so much line off the spool. But the shark reenergizes and goes for power run number four.
By now the reel is looking pretty empty. The shark starts runing somewhere around 100 yards more leaving 200 or so yards on the reel. Situation looks desperate. The shark is in the process of slowly spooling Travis. Travis is leaning back hard, but he is powerless to turn this shark.
But the pendlum of luck swings the other way, and the line seems to go slack. At first Travis thinks he is broken off and reels as fast as he can. Now remember his spool is small and he has to crank the reel hard to gain a little line. Looks like the shark is lost. But the shark swims in about 150 yards and Travis reels this line up on the spool as a winfall event. He has about 350 yards on his spool again.
Travis tightens down and the shark swims from side to side regaining energy. And then the shark turns back about again and starts a long slow power run against all the drag Travis can hold on to. It is a bad situation, but Travis continues to hang in there.
Now you have to remember that Travis is 16 years old and 130 lbs. He is wiry, but he is strong. Pain engulfs his body. His legs burn. his arms burm, his feet hurt from the pressure on the fish. His kidneys hurt from the belt. From a postion of having 200 yards left on the reel he slowly gains about 700 yards of line on the shark, walking back 5 yards at a time. It is an amazing site seeing the courage and determination of this young man. We asked several times if he needed help, but he said he had it. We give him a drink of Dr Pepper. He slowly packs line on the reel until he gets it within 150 yards of the beach. Incredible.
By now the sunset is long gone, and the milkyway fills the sky. 2 hours into the fight, and Travis and the big shark are still going at it. As the shark comes to the bar, the struggle is resumed and the shark powers back out to deeper waters. Back and fouth gaining line then loosing line, the tug of war continues. Travis pulls the shark to the bar, but cannot force it over. We all wait in anticipation ready to leader the giant monster. The line is tight and the shark gives no quarter. Travis is putting over 30 lbs of pressure on the fish, but can hardly move it. He walks back draging the shark forward only to loose the line back to the shark a dozen times.
Finally Travis decided to pull the shark forwards, almost making it to the dunes. In this moment the shark comes over the bar. The shark puts the pressure back on to escape, and the top guide on the rod breaks. Next the clip on the right side of his harness breaks. But in spite of this Travis continues to pull with burning muscles in his arms, legs, feet, and back.
Finally Travis takes his fighting belt off and plants the rod butt in the sand and sits down on the ground. He pulls back hard and cranks line as he lowers the rods, slowly gaining line, slowly bringing the shark forward. As light shines out in the darkness we can see the big fin and the dark shape in the darkness. It is a massive tiger. NYSharker, MadShark and I get ready to take on this big shark. We wade out and Mark grabs the leaders. The shark is massive and still filled with vinager. This tiger is just massive, shaking it’s head, and not wanting to cooperate. One top of that the shark is rolled up in in the leader. Mark says a this point it is the biggest tiger he has ever seen. We are desperate to land the fish. I grab the leader behind Mark and start to pull. The tail of the shark is about 6 feet from Marks hand and starts to pump it’s tail hard. We hang on with all our strenght, but the shark starts to pull away and in that moment the leader breaks. Well we got that shark on video, and on a catch and release, Travis got that shark since we had our hand on the line. The shark was easily 900 to 1,000 pounds, and a 13 foot class tiger. It is still hard to fathom how a young 16 year old man with 130 lbs could fight a monster like that for 2 hours and 45 minutes. He deserves a medal for that. Well done Travis and congratuations on a fantastic catch. Many never see a tiger like that. It was a once in a life time event.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT – LASHARKHUNTER ON A SECOND HAMMER
With three tigers in the last two nights, we were just blown away. Baits were run before sunset and the wait began. Hours pass by till the moment arrives and the light stick shoots into the distance. Shark fights strong and heavy. Troy slowly puts line on the reel till the shark gets to the bar, and then he heads back out under considerable drag. For a while Troy was guessing it was a bull shark. As the shark comes in close enough to the lights, we see the sizable dorsal. The shark is leadered and tail roped, and put on the beach. Hammer went crazy.
This hammer was dark and strong. Just a gorgeous fish. Sort of like a sports car. We got some great pictures and started the release process. But each time Travis and Matzy let go of the shark to swim off, it would turn on them and head for the beach. Finally we had to turn the lights off for the Hammer to swim away. Great catch Troy.
NYSHARKER WITH A PERSON BEST ON THE BULL SHARK
Jake arrived at the campsite on Tuesday after driving 20+ hours. Within an hour of arriving he has a big bait out on the 14/0.
The 14/0 takes off, Jake grabs the rod, and it is a solid fish pulling solid drag. Jake guesses it is a solid bull or a big lemon based on the head shakes and the way the shark is fighting. Jake fights the shark over the bar and close to the beach. When the shark is just out of headlight range, it turns out on a good power run and heads back out over the bar, taking the topshot with it. Jake calls the shark as a bull.
Jakes keeps the pressure on and brings the shark back over the bar and towards the beach. Matzy and LaSharkhunter are waiting like linebackers for the quarterback; ready to tailrope and land this fat hefty bull shark. A few more cranks and we can see it….the shark is a huge bill bull. Matzy and Troy rush the shark and pull it onto the beach.
The shark tapes at 8 feet 4 inches, a personal best for Jake, and the largest bull shark of the trip. The hook is removed and Jake opens the mouth for the jaw shot. Big mouth full of good looking teeth. The bull is so heavy is it hard for the guys to move. We get some group pictures and the shark is moved back to the water by Matzy and Troy. Nice catch Jake, we needed a big bull for the trip and this one was a stud.
DEAVER GETS HIS TIGER
Well by this time, everyone else in the camp had landed a big fish, 3 tigers, 2 hammers, and a big bull shark. The end of the trip was coming and the pressure was on. I had two rods out. Late in the night while talking with Troy, we see the glow stick start moving out on a my rod that was about 125 yards down the beach. We run over there and it is a classic tiger pickup. Quickly harness up and squeeze the star down. I was ready to hammer the snot out of the fish, but the line does not hold up, and the rod goes back down in the rod spike; no fish.
Troy heads back over and I crash out close to the rod. About 2 hours later a hammer hits the second rod hard taking about 75 yards in seconds. Line is peeling off the 12/0. Pick the rod up and get ready to do business, but the line does not hold up again. Strike two. By this time I am past the point of frustration, best thing to do it keep the eye on the ball.
Rig another chunk of bait. Troy helps with the rod as I kayak the shark bait out into the night. It was interesting kayaking out there after seeing all the big sharks during the last few day, and the the action tonight. As I got to the drop point, I did not even slow down. Pitched the bait and weight out while on the glide, then headed back to the beach as fast as I could go.
Returning to the beach, line was set loose, and I crashed close to the rod spike.
About 45 minutes later, the line starts rolling out on a classic tiger pickup. Harnessed up, grabbed the 12/0 and headed 100 yards down the beach to where Matzy and NYSharker were before tightening the star. The fish was heavy and strong, the fish felt good on the line. As the line tightens up, the first power run starts and line peels off the reel and the light stick is way out in the distance.
Good to have Matzy and Jake there, the ultimate big shark leadering team. Later LaSharkHunter wakes up and helps out. Shark puts up a good strong fight. I walk back, pulling all the way back to the dunes, and running up to gain line quickly puts line on the reel and the shark close to the outer sand bar after 20 minutes. When the shark got to the bar, he was not happy and headed out again for another 10 minutes of fight. Amazing feeling the sheer power of a creature like this. One of my harness links falls out and I harness to the right side of the reel. As we get each crank of line on the reel, we can see the tiger out there; always a beautiful site. Something almost mystical when you first see the big shark that you have been fighting, in the dim light swimming along and you are connected to this creature.
Shark is tailroped and pulled into the wash. Taped 10 feet 5 inches. Nice girth. Matzy pops the hook out in seconds. We take turns getting photos with the tiger. It is a good fish and vigorous. Beautiful markings and big eyes. You never forget a tiger after you see one. You never forget how heavy they are either; solid fish.
Tiger was released and swam off easily, testiment to our skill in handling big fish and releasing them quickly. Lots of high fives and smiles. Twighlight is here and I run one more bait out hoping to get lucky.
Well this trip turned out to me more than we anticipated. We were looking for a couple of nice tigers if the weather held, and held clear the weather did. We ended with 4 tigers over 10 feet, one Hammer going 11’7″, one hammer going 8’4″, a fat bull going 8’4″, a mess of rays, and truckload of smiles and good times.
This was the dream trip we imagined, and I felt lucky to fish along side of such good anglers. This is the third year for the new messageboard on the site and we can really see the fruits of our labor. I learned so much from the other guys on the trip. This was a shark camp for the big ones, AND THE BITE WAS ON!