Sunday, August 09, 2009



W WIND 5 TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
To go back into the water...
Tuna fishermen pulled in this 12 footer...
After it got tangled in their crab pot line...
Here's the story from the skipper (off ifish):

Searaider here, to clarify our fish. First, we were going tuna fishing, and crabbing as a secondary harvest, also maybe some salmon fishing, we fished Friday and picked up a few tuna thanks to id painter calling us in on some , thank you id. At the cleaning station we picked up some fresh salmon carcasses from another fisher and put them in some of the cheap square wire pots , rigged up with a 4way to oneline pull setup so when you lift the pots they come up level. We use a crabbing davit arm and snatch block , to pull the pots by hand as we only go to 100' and need the exercise. We pulled the pots fri and again sat am and rebaited and headed out to tuna fish. We tried the same location as the previous day and didn't do too good so grand slam said he'd share some of his fish if I could catch 'em. We had some luck, but not as much as some fish hogs named jack and roy. Boy are they lucky or what? Way to go you Tigers.

Anyway back to the crabpots and the great white, upon our return to pots at 7ish my friend jj was grunting a little more on pot #4 then his usual grunting. After about 10 or 15 min up he comes dead by drowning. Stuck between the gills and front fins in our 4way lift line. As near as I can figure he came in, crushed the pot and by doing so collasped the lines around his gills. We called OSU and Fish and Game and were told to bring it to port, they didn't believe it to be a great white even though my friend jj had caught them before although not this large. I've been diving around lots of sharks before, but also not this large of shark. 12'4" tip to tip. As big around as a 55 gallon barrel, and inside his tummie was a small porpoise or dolphin. Yes the troopers did come, and Coast Guard were there for awhile. but thank goodness for those guys, they have a job to do and protect all our resources. It's a mixed emotion seeing such a beautiful large fish die, kinda the same feeling I get when I am looking at a beautiful bull elk I am about to clean. Thank you Lord for each of your creations that we are to care for and use with gratitude. The great white was hauled to OSU marine sience center. Lots of pictures to follow as soon as I can get some one that knows how to send them.

Then Tippy filed this report off the north coast:

sea life. long sea grasses and large jelly fish fill the water. it is warm, the tuna are close to shore, there is food in the water. there were 2 white sharks in the cove this week and the feeding frenzy there is worth a look these days even if not worth taking surfboard off the roof racks. surfed some steely grey waters in cannon beach a few nights ago after listening to a good shark story. the creep factor was off the chart as i swam between sandbars... the deep spots between outer sandbar and shore, light waning, my champion of a board ghost riding a perfect right, all the way to the beach, a long swim, no one around to see it, i could almost feel the teeth sinking into my exposed belly....

4 comments:

Gaz said...

Too bad for the shark, it's a beauty.

TallGuySurfing said...

I surfed Cannon Beach last October. I freaked myself out just thinking about sharks out there and then I read this!
I'm glad all I have to worry about at my home break is just a bunch of small blacktips and the occasional bull....
Too bad the shark died. Hopefully the college will learn something from the carcass. Great pics!

dyana said...

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Every one should read this ....
thanks for sharin with us......

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