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    had my buddies kid bothering us the other night on the Rappahannock while fishing on our dock. Got rid of him quick when my friend joined in on the joke when I said " I think I just saw a shark swim through the pier lights". Kid was in the house freaking and didn;t swim the next day either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocksteady View Post
    I have posted this account in years past . I will do so again . Before I do , let me say I have seen a very large bull shark back in the early 90's in the Patuxent River near Solomons . . Bobby Ford is the other guy in the picture and I've known him for a long time and have discussed this story with him on numerous occasions :From "Grumpop" on SOL : I've done some searching and finally found it. This is the monster bull shark we caught in the mouth of the Nanticoke River and about which I have written on prior occasions. As I said before I would never do it twice! The photo was taken in Bobby Ford's Garage on Mt. Vernon Road, Princess Anne, Md. Ford, the best fisherman I've known, is on the left.
    .First thing to say on that is that bulls are real real dangerous critters. They thrive in the shallowest waters and even fresh waters. They are incredibly aggressive and in the Bahamas where I bonefish the native population never swims even in the gin clearest and shallowest waters in the middle of the day without a wary eye out at all times for a bull. They don't circle and cautiously approach like in National Geographic. They come fast, straight, and hard to eat you if that is what they decide to do. I have been reading all summer of the sharking adventures on here and I'm amazed that I haven't read of a single bull in all that time. Then again they may be the ones accounting for the descriptions of the sharks easily pulling away from all efforts to hold one.
    Anyhow we did this in the summer because we were bored with summer fishing. The trout fihermen off Deal Island were reporting lots of half cut trout coming up. We brought what we thought was a good strong shark rod on board. As soon as we arrived on the scene a guy in another boat offered us a live bluefish of about 4 pounds. I hooked it in the dorsal and my buddy began to drop the anchor. While the anchor was still dropping I was paying out line and there was a thud and then a steady walking off of the line. The blue had not made it 10 yards out of the back of the boat. I remember thinking "Boy these little fish stealers must be thick in here." So he stops dropping the anchor and I flip the lever and stick him two, three, or four times real hard. And off he goes steady but not screaming. Our first task was to clear the flotilla of trout fishing boats which we did. It was 600 pm and hot hot.
    So now master angler here is going to set up on this toothy stealer and whip him but quick. And I did to the point that my arms and upper body were quivering. I was exhausted in the heat but I remember announcing "I've got 'em comin' my way now" as I could see that he was coming to the surface about 30 yards from the boat. When he came to the surface our mouths dropped open. He looked like a submarine surfacing and surprisingly brown. He looked much longer than the 13 feet he later measured and 345 lbs. he later weighed as crazy as that sounds. It was right then that I realized that he had been towing around our 23' boat and not the other way around. The only smart thing to have done would have been to cut him off right then and there. But we did everything except make that smart decision. See no one had ever even heard of a shark like that in that area of the bay and we were not going to be stuck for life telling the unbelievable "fish story" of the shark we lost big as a submarine. "Yeah, right. Grab these boys another beer. That's some story." There is much more to tell between 600 pm and 400 am about all this which includes how that shark traveled and clung to the deepest water available to him at all times. How I came to discover how many handguns are on boats in the lower Chesapeake in the middle of a weekday night. See my buddy likes adult beverages and became convinced that we needed to shoot the shark. Lots of people out there thought the same thing and they had the weaponry. I was sober and was the only voice saying that if we kill it with a gun it will sink and it obviously weighs far in excess of your line breaking strength and we'll lose it. We only went my way on this one because of bad aim and not because of a good persuasive argument. At one point I thought I was going ot get killed by a bullet glancing off the surface. When we finally landed the shark you could see that at least one bullet entered his head but it seemed to have no impact on him. The reel completely blew up (a big Penn, and I never had one of theirs fail before or since) when the bearings went at about 200 am. We landed this creature in the shallow water near South Marsh Island at about 400 am. by tying a rope to his tail and hauling him into the boat with about 4 or 5 people. We took pictures of us with him hanging from a chain lift in a car garage and during one of those at about dawn he swung his head in my direction. Unbelievable. As we had no gimbel I was black and blue from the butt of the rod for weeks. I slept all that next day and had to take off the day after that. I have the jaws which you can step into up to your waist. I've said many times since that it was like being hooked to the devil himself. And that story ended any interest I had in landing a shark. Swim on. I can't swear to it but I'm almost sure it was 1985. At that time I fished religiously places like Bloodsworth Island, Adams Island, Holland's Island, South Marsh Island, Nanticoke and Wicomico Rivers, Tangier Island, Smith Island, Fox Island, and Parker's Island in the Chesterpeake; as well as Cedar and Hog Islands on the Virginia Barrier Islands, first and foremost a red drum fisherman who could never get enough of it. I don't do that anymore but still like to read of it on here complete with great pictures like Alan Sklar's recent shots. I remember seeing Bob and the other Jacksons of Ocean City very often on one barrier island. I always thought that if people were leaving Ocean City to fish other surfs those other surfs must be real good and they were.
    One last thing. Catching that bull shark where he wasn't supposed to be has made me much more cautious as a wade fisherman ever since. Every time I see somebody fishing with dead fish tied to them I get the chills.

    Mike, Great story. That's one that starts legends. Thanks for posting.

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    I saw a big Bull just south of MOW about 10 years ago. Awesome!

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    Great read for sure
    Is it standard procedure to put on a Tie for fishing pictures ?

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    A friend of mine claims to have had a large shark run off his bluefish 10 yrs ago at the bay bridge.

    Unrelated to the bay, I was fishing under a bridge near Marathon Fla last winter and decided to go for a quick dip since it was upper 90s. The area between the first bridge abutment and the shore was only 15 ft wide and 4 ft deep.

    Had taken off my shoes and shirt was about to jump in when a huge shark swam slowly past. It seemed to take up most of water column. Did not swim that day.

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    What I wonder is if Bull sharks have been known to travel 1000 miles up the Mississippi or other rivers, Why would there be any doubt or an air of mystery to the Idea of Bull sharks being in the Chesapeake. I wouldn't be surprised if they are rather common and possibly travel pretty far up some of the rivers, maybe even the Susky. I would think the only thing that would keep them out is pollution and depleted baitfish populations. I'm surprised there has never been a reported shark attack in the bay.

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    MIKE... THAT IS A GREAT STORY... Had me on the edge of my seat... What a fish!!! and that sounds like a true adventure... Truely a fish of a life-time... I have caught some much smaller sharks with teeth at Cape Henelopen near the swimming beach... You should see people run and pull their kids out of the water when they are looking at a 6 foot shark with teeth... but a shark the size of that one would give me the chills,too.
    THANKS FOR THE REPORT...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AIK68J View Post
    Great read for sure
    Is it standard procedure to put on a Tie for fishing pictures ?
    I resemble that remark . You like Moken ? This guy was Moken in a suit dude : Too bad they call him "Grew"

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    YES... I had a waterman friend of mine who has passed away caught an 8 foot Bull-shark in his pound net just below sandy point north of Aberdeen... They do swim in the bay...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crabby and son View Post
    The bull shark is the only shark than can live in fresh water. I saw an episode on National Geographic that filmed them way up the Amazon River.I am sure there are sharks in the bay and rivers but they seldom come in contact with people.They like fish better.......Gary
    They aren't the only ones, but they are the ones in waters around here. I have heard stories from oldsters in my family about huge sharks in Curtis Creek, and the Patapsaco as far up as bellegrove of large sharks. My grandfather was a member of several fishing clubs in the 50s and 60s and told us on several occasions of catching bull sharks while trolling live eels for rock around Baltimore light, the mouth of the Magothy, around love point and around the bay bridge. He has pictures of an 8 foot hammer head that was caught at the mouth of the Choptank in 1954, and numerous pics of sharks that were caught in the upper bay from the bay bridge, to as far north as the mouth of the gun powder, some were huge.

    According to biologists, the Chesapeake bay is a shark nursery and I can see why. I personally have seen sharks over 10 feet long in the lower bay and I don't see why there is a reason why some wouldn't find their way up north. They are just following the food source

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