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Old 04-01-2016, 11:37 AM   #1
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Default Great Hamerhead today.

Family is down in Marathon right now, We took our jet skis out to flats on the north side of 7 mile bridge. We were standing in knee deep water when all of a sudden I hear a splash very close by. The water was crystal clear.

I just got my head turned around to see a small fish in the air, then I looked behind it and there were 2 of the biggest great hammerheads I have ever seen. They broke off the chase and almost bottomed out. I yelled for my daughter and her boyfriend who were walking a bit out, you should have seen them haul ass back to the skis.

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There are some big ones down there. There are several videos floating around of 10+' hammerheads eating tarpon on the line.
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Yea, around 7 mile is big Moe...He is always hungry and very big but I know you know about him, Mike.... Big MF hammerheads are scary as sh!t for sure...
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Well I know all fishermen exaggerate. But one of the two was all of 12' . And I was 20' away from
him. What really surprised this Yankee was the speed. I had a birds eye view and that SOB was flying. What myself and my family learned (after 25 years of going there) we always thought if we could see far enough we could see danger coming. WRONG. It was a blur, he was that fast.

I don't know that Great Hammerheads are prone to attack humans, I would have had a bit more fear if it was a bull shark. But to be honest, we all were standing on the jet skis all the way back through the shallows. The funny part was on the way there we were hauling ass and we literally came 20' away from hitting a dolphin head on. Every time here it seems we have a new experience. But to us there is not a better place in the world to enjoy life.
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Scary. Too many things in salt water that can eat/kill or hurt you so we normally stick to fresh water.

Glad to read everyone came out OK from this experience Mike.
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Well I know all fishermen exaggerate. But one of the two was all of 12' . And I was 20' away from
him. What really surprised this Yankee was the speed. I had a birds eye view and that SOB was flying. What myself and my family learned (after 25 years of going there) we always thought if we could see far enough we could see danger coming. WRONG. It was a blur, he was that fast.

I don't know that Great Hammerheads are prone to attack humans, I would have had a bit more fear if it was a bull shark. But to be honest, we all were standing on the jet skis all the way back through the shallows. The funny part was on the way there we were hauling ass and we literally came 20' away from hitting a dolphin head on. Every time here it seems we have a new experience. But to us there is not a better place in the world to enjoy life.
You know buddy that soooo many people get in the water in the keys and Florida wide. The number of actual attacks (not bites like at the beach) are so low if sharks were really a threat there would be hundreds more. When we go to the keys we are always in the water. Never seen a shark around us... We have seen a few on the flats feeding from the highway....

We have a ton of sharks up here in N. Florida and attacks are hardly ever...

Love the keys
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You know buddy that soooo many people get in the water in the keys and Florida wide. The number of actual attacks (not bites like at the beach) are so low if sharks were really a threat there would be hundreds more. When we go to the keys we are always in the water. Never seen a shark around us... We have seen a few on the flats feeding from the highway....

We have a ton of sharks up here in N. Florida and attacks are hardly ever...

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LOL you are right, but I was thinking later, my wife asked me a few times out there why the sightseeing helicopter keep circling us, I figured they were checking my daughter out, then after the fact it dawned on me. Stupid ass Yankee
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LOL you are right, but I was thinking later, my wife asked me a few times out there why the sightseeing helicopter keep circling us, I figured they were checking my daughter out, then after the fact it dawned on me. Stupid ass Yankee
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HUGE great hammerheads are not uncommon in that part of he world, but seeing them in shallow water is a bit more unusual. Out around the humps you can see some freaking monsters.
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I experienced that at the old Fish Camp when I was 9. We were out on the Atlantic side off of Tavernier Creek in the shipping lane in a 17 foot tri-hull and we ran across a great hammerhead who looked like he was about as big as the boat. The counselor tried to hook the damn thing!!!
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I did a bunch of engine work on a Bruno/Stillman 42 while it was on the hard. Splash day came and all seemed ok. Owner said let's run it to Frying Pan and get some fish. Ok, and that gives the motor a good sea trial while I watch.

Running out I hear a little noise from the running gear. We slow down and I tell the owner I will jump in and check the wheel and shaft bearing. Right as we start fishing, someone gets a grouper or something on the line and starts pulling... Then it goes all stop. He pulls and reels hard, no go.

Just then the biggest dang hammerhead comes up behind the boat, comes straight to the transom, grouper in teeth, and slides under the Bruno. Dude with pole finally snaps line. That thing was HUGE, and the water sooooo clear.

I looked at the boat owner and told him I think the shaft bearing is fine. He agreed! No way I was going to jump in to check it.
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They're up on the flats chasing stingrays. I've ran across a few while on the flats myself looking for stonecrabs. Fun to watch them chase a stingray as the stingrays are more agile and will make the big sharks spin in circles.
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Wow! Reminds me of this video. Absolutely huge HH!

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I've been told by more than one 'expert' that sharks don't consider humans as prey because "we don't taste right" to them.

Made sense til I realized one day... how would they know that about humans unless they did taste us?
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Sharks don't "taste" anything. They don't normally consider us prey as we are not in their normal food chain. Attacks are usually mistakes (shallow water) or frenzies started by some event (deep water) like the sinking of a ship, etc..
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Sharks don't "taste" anything. They don't normally consider us prey as we are not in their normal food chain. Attacks are usually mistakes (shallow water) or frenzies started by some event (deep water) like the sinking of a ship, etc..
No they don't taste, they feel. Problem is they feel with the mouth as they have no hands.

And they are real common any place that you find numbers of Tarpon.

As the one mentioned in this article below. That shark had just eaten a Tarpon off my customers line when it was hooked. After capture we put him on my boat trailer and weighed him on the truck scales for the causeway bridge. The speeds they can obtain and the maneuverability is unbelievable.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/27/us/27fish.html

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