Last Sunday, an 11-foot hammerhead shark took Adam Fisk, a Florida Atlantic University student, for a two-hour, 30mph afternoon tow along the Atlantic coast in his kayak. Fisk recorded the tag-along on a head-mounted GoPro camera and later posted the five minute video on YouTube so he could show his friends his adventure.
Fisk also accounted for the event on his Facebook profile with the following remarks: I took a South Florida sleigh ride today and I aint talkin Santa Claus, and Hooked a hammerhead in 50ft water and got drug out to 250ft.
As a member of Team Rebel Fishing, Fisk is accustomed to extreme angling, and according to his Facebook posts, he has caught many large sharks, as depicted in his profile pics. He set out Sunday with a few poles as usual, but he quickly realized his fishing trip was taking an unexpected turn. He said he suspected the hammerhead must have been sitting directly below his kayak. As he was going about a fisherman’s business of tossing out bait and untangling lines, the hammerhead attached to one of his dropped baits and started swimming. The shark picked up the line near Boynton Beach, Florida, and it is estimated Fisk and his kayak were led on a 12 mile tow out to sea, lasting nearly two hours.
“I’ve hooked sharks, but not that big and never on purpose,” Fisk told the Palm Beach Post. “It was about 11-foot and my kayak is about 12.”
Fisk reported that at first the voyage was eventless, but several times the catch turned its course, coming straight towards him. He lost sight of the giant fish and was frightened the hammerhead was after him and his boat. There were a couple of times that Fisk was able to get control of the situation, and he dipped his camera in the water to get a shot of the beast in front of him. At another point during the two-hour tow a second hammerhead also arrived and began chasing him. To get out of the predicament, Fisk turned the kayak around to tighten the line and give the hooked hammerhead some tension, which carried him forward. After a series of troubling circumstance, the journey finally ended near Lake Worth, Florida.
Michael Stroschein, a local scuba store manager, said anyone caught in this dilemma should cut the fish loose. “There’s nothing you can do if you’re fishing and hook the shark. The most important thing is to unhook the animal as soon as possible. No matter what you doing, you’re doing injury to the animal — at the very least stressing it out,” he said.
Although Fisk is an experienced fisherman, he said he was a bit nervous filming the ride, because if anything went wrong, there was no one there to help him. In the footage, Fisk’s kayak is pulled along faster than he could have paddled. He also divulged that the hammerhead charged him a few times, but he was not filming at the time.
It has not been revealed whether or not Fisk captured the hammerhead. The savvy, kayak shark fisherman has yet to post a picture he took of the caught fish online, which may suggest the Florida coastal two-hour tow was enough of an adventure.
By Stacy Feder