A fishing boat spots a great white shark

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The scariest predator in the ocean is the great white shark. With movies like “Jaws” portraying giant sharks as a cold killer, human encounters could be terrifying. But for Captain Tim Noe, he will never forget the first time he saw one in the wild.

This meeting took place last Saturday when Noe was fishing more than 110 miles west of Sarasota, targeting giant grouper with clients.

“They wanted a trip to get the best personal gags, so we went deep, fishing 410-430 feet,” Noe said. “The fishing was really good. We have a 39 and 33 pound grouper gag and a 15 to 20 pound class handful. The snapper wasn’t the focus of the day, but we were done with a few anyway.

After filling a box full of fish, a fisherman had one last request. Noe pointed his 42-foot Freeman north a little for the last stop of the day.

“He wanted to try a Kitty MItchell grouper in deep water. It was our last spot and with the sea rising, there wouldn’t be much time to fish since we had about three hours back home, ”recalls Noe.

“That’s when someone said they saw something big in the water and we all looked down.”

When Noe peeked through the choppy water, he saw a great white shark between 14 and 16 feet.

“I couldn’t believe it for a second, it was just sitting there. I grabbed my phone as soon as I could and started recording. Everyone on the boat was panicking. It only lasted about 30 seconds before it slipped.

Never feeling unsafe because of the shark’s size, Noe wondered about casting a line at him. Normally reserved for the giant grouper, it had a 14/0 reel, a steel cable and a big bonito that would have potentially worked.

“He would have been ready to go really fast. But looking back, it’s probably best not to catch this shark, ”he explained. “The sea was rising and it was getting rough. It would have been a fight that went on for hours, but if it was the start of the journey or early, yes that wouldn’t have been a question, I would love to snag one.

Great whites are not uncommon in the Gulf of Mexico. Every year, a few seem to be spotted a few kilometers from the beach. Many are tagged by satellite, allowing researchers to track them as they surface.

Ferg, an 11-foot, 6-inch, 874-pound white man, ringed in the southern Gulf on October 27.

Edithe, a nearly 1,200 pound female, was tracked at the end of April, while Unama’ki, a 15ft, 5in, 2,076 pound giant female, was tracked in the Gulf of Mexico in March of this year. Tracking can be viewed on the ocearch.org/tracker website.


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