Dave

august 2012 fishing reports

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Well, July was slow to say the least but August is prime time for sharking. Get out and post your catches. Most of all have fun. For me sharking has been slow my totals are on par with last year but no true big ones yet. Hope that changes soon.

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I sure hope it turns around before September. You know the sharks will be here when we are lookin' for drum!

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Tonight was night of the butterflies. Rays that is, one was 72" .by myself. That was difficult at best. One lil butterfly and a few kings and croaker.

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Ugh. At least the smaller fish are still around.

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This week in the surf croaker, kingfish, small blues and sharks . On the bayside some nice flounder, on the piers spot and croaker and flounder. near the jetty a man had a nice take down, broke the eyes on his rod the tip and straightened the hook out, he was estatic .

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I rolled into town late yesterday afternoon, hit the "Lucky Angler" for bunker and made it out to AI around 2000 hours. When I hit the beach I went directly to a spot that Dave and I had talked about and fished for toothy critters on a previous occasion. I was alone and planned to fish through the high tide which was at 0030 hours. I know I will most likely take a few digs for fishing alone, but any serious angler will know it's the truth....the reality is that there will be times when there is no one to go with and you will find yourself on the beach alone. So the choice was simple....go alone or sit at home. The decision was easy for me. Fishing was slow for the first few hours but at 2330 hours I saw my number two rod tapping....the kind of tapping you would expect from a nuisance blue fish. As I picked my rod up, the fish made a run straight out and peeled off a decent amount of line. I initially thought I would get spooled but I was able to turn the fish towards the beach and gain back some line. For the next 15-20 minutes the fish peeled off some line but I was able to quickly gain it back. The fish also decided to move parallel to the beach and I was forced to move with it as it swam north. By this time I was pretty much convinced the fish was a large ray....just a steady strong pull - no quick fast runs. It was also at this time that the reality of what I was going to do when I got the fish close to shore was setting in. It was near midnight and there was not one person around to lend a hand.

I was eventually able to see the tail of a shark in the surf. Lucky for me, the tide was high and I was able to use the waves to get the shark into water shallow enough to walk out, grab the shark by its tail and drag it onto the beach. It was a sand tiger that was over 6 feet long. I was concerned about the amount of time the shark remained out of the water so I worked very quickly to remove the hook and take a few cell phone pics . Unfortunately, my camera was back in my truck so I had to use what I had on me at the time. I always carry gear with me to deal with removing the hook, so I was good to go in that area. I have to admit that it was definitely intimidating to drag a shark that size into waist deep water at night with waves crashing on me. The shark took a few minutes to gain its strength back so I held onto it until I was sure it could make it through the inner waves. It seemed to have very little difficulty and I watched it slowly disappear into deeper water. By this time I was pretty much exhausted and sweating my butt off. But I was ecstatic to have been able to safely catch and release such an awesome shark. I have targeted and successfully caught a fair amount of sharks over the years but I have always had someone with me to assist with situations like this. All in all, I feel like it went very well. I know it was not perfect and I have already decided how I will do it better in the future. So maybe this should be the topic of a new thread....What advice can you offer when catching/releasing large sharks if you are fishing alone? The answer has to be more than "Don't go fishing alone" because that is not realistic and will never happen. I have fishing in my blood and it would be foolish for me to believe I won't be back out slinging bunker in the very near future by myself again. I can tell you this - I will make a better effort to look for a fishing partner but it can be tough to find someone to hang out with you at midnight on a mosquito infested beach. I will be out Friday and Saturday if anyone is interested. I drive a green Toyota Tacoma and would welcome the company.

By the way, I can never post pics for some reason. I hit the "insert image" icon but it does not give me an option to upload the pics of the sand tiger. Can anyone help with that? I will gladly post a few pics when I get it figured out.

As it turned out, the bunker from the "Lucky Angler" was definitely lucky for me. Take care and good luck!

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Way to go Mike, handling large shark by yourself is a daunting task. Usually if I'm alone ill carry a bag with all my needed items in case I go for a walk.I only fish two rods and usually just got to be extremely careful.

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well I managed to get the same picture on twice and can't remove it LOL !!! Mike's Pictures !!

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Thanks Shannon. I'm glad you were able to post the pics. A flash would have made a world of difference but what can you do? My cell phone was better than nothing. I took about 6 pics so I'm happy with that. I will be back out late tonight so I will stop in today for some bunker. Thanks again!

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