I vividly remember a spring break trip to Miami that I took in college. We were four guys from Texas whose fishing adventures to that point in life had been limited to lakes and rivers. The uncle of one of us on the trip chartered us a deep-sea fishing trip as a gift. On that trip, two things happened. One, I learned I am REALLY susceptible to seasickness. And two, we had a brush with “Jaws.” Well, it wasn’t a great white, but we battled a 12-foot hammerhead shark for hours before it bit through our line right as we were trying to figure out how to get him in the boat. Now, I look back on this as divine intervention. I can just picture us driving back to Texas with a shark strapped to the top of the van we were driving. Yeah, disaster.
Anyway, this memory was brought back when I read about this family from North Dakota. Imagine a dad telling his family, “We’re heading for Florida for Spring Break.” The kids are fired up for a promised ocean fishing trip. Little did they know they would have a story to tell for a lifetime. While fishing off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, the family reeled in “Jaws.” Legit. A great white shark. The feat was a rare one indeed. According to the charter boat’s captain, this was only the second one he’s landed in twenty years.
The moment was captured with pictures and video before the shark was released. I cannot fathom what idiots would actually try to put a live great white on a boat. Wait, yes I can. I was one of them, once.
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