Monday, August 13, 2012

St. Simons 2012 - Shark Fishing

We woke up to gray skies on Wednesday morning, our shark fishing day.  Thankfully, the air was a bit cooler as we set off with Jaybird for our trip.  We never did find any bait fish, but Jaybird was prepared with some frozen bait.  Once we found a shrimp boat to follow, it didn't take long to get our first bite.

Cacoo was excited to be able to join us this time.  Olivia and McIver were kind enough to let her take the first bite.

Cacoo's fish was giving her a work-out so Pop took over for a little while.

Not long after Catherine's line started to run, the second line started spinning, too.  Mac and Will took over that one.

McIver brought in the only spinner shark of the day.

Even Jaybird had to get in on the action with Cacoo's black tip shark.  Turns out, he was hooked on his fin, so that's what was giving everyone such a hard time.  He was a FIGHTER!  Any time we got him close enough to the boat, he started to flail around and even bit at the side of the boat.  Scary!

After we released the first two sharks, we found the same shrimp boat and threw the lines in the water again.  (And, by 'we' I mean Jaybird!)  I was glad to have the boat moving again, even if we did get pretty wet from rain and choppy seas.  

Olivia had the honor of reeling in the third shark of the day, with a little help from Dad.

He was another big black tip.

Cacoo started out with the last shark, but Pop took over again for a little bit.  This one took them all over the boat from back to front and back again.

We all agreed that this was the biggest one of the day.

Check him out!

If it weren't for all those teeth, he would have been nice to look at.

Jaybird was kind enough to take a picture of us in front of the St. Simons Lighthouse as we made our way back to the dock.

Jaybird was great with the kids.  He (patiently) answered all of McIver's questions and listened to all of his stories.  And, even let Mac drive the boat!

I didn't get to reel in a shark this year but did manage to make it into a picture with Mac driving the boat back to the dock.

We got back to the Village and had a great lunch at Brogen's before the rain started.  Perfect afternoon for napping!

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