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Old 06-18-2017, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default video of shark on the beach, what's he chasing?

Everyone else is probably freaking out about the shark but I'm more interested in what fish he was chasing. It looks like a tarpon to me.

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/201...river_home_pop
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Old 06-18-2017, 03:29 PM   #2
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Looks to be a Tarpon as it gets near the beach. Lots of sharks here , they wait for the tarpon run and eat it as you catch it.
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Definitely a lucky tarpon
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Old 06-18-2017, 07:59 PM   #4
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Had a bull red eaten by a shark right at the side of my 16 ft express in the surf here at Feeport TX.
I was trying to figure out what to do with the red as he was too big to use a dipnet on or lift with the rod.
was thinking I will have to grab it by hand when he got cut in half. soaked me with the water splash.
glad my hands were not on it at that time.
big school of reds running in the shallow beakers with the sharks right with them
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:28 PM   #5
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Agree it's a tarpoon. No way I'd swim in water that murky!
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:32 AM   #6
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Smart little tarpon. We had this happen fishing from the beach a couple years ago. We told the 10 or 15 people around us that we were seeing sharks in the first trough before the sandbar and no one listened. One kid starts flopping around in the water like he's being attacked and his Dad comments that it's only 2:00 in the afternoon (so sharks aren't hungry at that time, evidently). The water was murky as all get out and huge bait balls are getting blown up all around us but nothings hungry.

Not 15 minutes later a 6 ft. sandbar shark decides to eat my pinfish and we drag it within a foot of the beach before the leader pops.

Kid and Now-Very-Angry father proceed to yell at us in front of the small crowd watching because we were "attracting sharks." He was going to report us "immediately" and we "better get our a$$-es outta there." I giggled, cut up a horse mullet, put on a steel leader and offered him the chance to walk my line out since it was only 2:30 and sharks don't eat at that time. He didn't respond well.
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I've never seen any tarpon in the P'cola area. That's interesting
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Old 06-19-2017, 12:36 PM   #8
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I've never seen any tarpon in the P'cola area. That's interesting
there is lots of poons around here, they catch them way up in the delta north of i-10 in the fall.

ive never seen one either but they are here
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Plenty of tarpon here. I've seen pods of 30+. Not little guys either. Big uns.
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I certainly defer to you Tarpon fishing folk but whatever the fish is that is being chased looks darkly colored to me (not silver at all even though the chased fish is really shallow and on a bright day); so a dark fish with a forked tail - y'all reckon that shark could have been chasing a Cobia?
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I certainly defer to you Tarpon fishing folk but whatever the fish is that is being chased looks darkly colored to me (not silver at all even though the chased fish is really shallow and on a bright day); so a dark fish with a forked tail - y'all reckon that shark could have been chasing a Cobia?
that was my first thought too. doesn't look like a tarpon to me. Might be, I've been wrong before...Ask my wife, she'd be glad to tell ya.
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no doubt a tarpon being chased by a hammerhead.
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They have darker backs and can be anywhere from white/silver to blackish across the back depending on environment (beach versus backwater). Profile says tarpon to me.
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