Shark puts bite on charterboat
Fri, Apr 13, 2007
Cooperating charter boat captains in the Florida Keys often call each other to share where the bite is on, but in an unusual situation earlier this week, the bite was actually on Captain Glen Miller's GonFishin V.
A bull shark, which Miller estimated at about 10-feet-long, took a 10- by 12-inch chunk out of his 48-foot boat's transom-mounted bait well.
Miller was with his family catching bait for an upcoming sailfish tournament. On the way back to the dock, he spotted a school of about 15 cobia swimming above the shark. Cobia and sharks often migrate together during March and April, according to Key West light-tackle guide Mike Weinhofer.
"All of a sudden the shark did a U-turn and came under the boat and either rammed or bit the livewell," said Miller. "He put about a 10- by 12-inch hole in it. When he went across the surface, I could see what looked like a piece of fiberglass in his mouth."
Miller thinks the shark hit because it felt its territory was being invaded by the boat. There was no danger of GonFishin V ever sinking as the boat's hull was never compromised.
Miller called a few other captains to the location, while he and his family caught six cobia and released one. The other boats also managed to hook into some cobia and there were no more encounters with the shark.
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