North Carolina angler Blake Cochran has solely been concentrating on sharks for 2 years, and he’s already caught what he says is the “mystical unicorn” of the land-based shark fishing world: A large hammerhead shark. Cochran, an emergency medical companies coaching officer, landed the monster on August 21 whereas fishing with a bunch of buddies who name themselves the “Reel NC Outlaws.”
“There isn’t a feeling on this planet like being hooked to a 700-pound fish from shore. It’s actually like being hooked up to a automotive you can’t decelerate irrespective of how a lot strain you apply,” Cochran told ABC25 WPBF. “It was an unbelievable expertise of a lifetime.”
Touchdown the Beast was a Crew Effort
Robert Murray kayaked a virtually 15-pound grouper head out 450 yards from shore to set the bait, regardless of capsizing a number of occasions whereas launching the kayak. Chris McCusker and Jeremy Bullard helped drag the shark onto the seashore after which again into the water for the discharge. Eric Allain was the designated cameraman and documented the spectacular catch with pictures and movies, which he posted to YouTube.
“The camaraderie it takes to bag a shark of this dimension is a big a part of the game,” Cochran tells F&S. “It took the work of an awesome staff to maneuver strains, swim baits, and get the shark in. The teamwork made for such a great time and is what allowed me to catch such a tremendous animal.”
Cochran was utilizing a heavy-duty rod and reel loaded with 200-pound check braid, together with different specialised leaders and outsized deal with particularly tailor-made to land-based shark fishing. Even with all the gear, Cochran says all of it comes down to at least one factor: profitable the combat.
“This sport is excessive,” he says. “We battled with this fish for 45 minutes. Your entire time, your bodily health is being examined. At that time, it’s a combat of the fittest to see who will cave first, you or the shark.”
This time, Cochran received out towards a “dream fish.” After snapping a few pictures, he and his buddies instantly turned their consideration to securely releasing the shark. In North Carolina, the take of hammerheads is regulated however permitted. Nonetheless, Cochran selected to not maintain the monster. “Our primary precedence when reeling in these beauties is the fish’s security and conserving them wholesome,” he says. “We take a second to benefit from the combat and wonder in these creatures after which shortly, safely launch them. We swim out with the sharks to round neck-deep water, making certain the fish makes a quick, robust break again out to sea.”
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Trying forward, Cochran has his sights set on beaching different massive sharks. He’d particularly prefer to catch a large tiger shark or a mako. However that doesn’t imply he and his buddies aren’t nonetheless reveling in the truth that they efficiently landed a large.
“We’re nonetheless dwelling on the excessive from that day with the hammer,” he says. “For us, that is greater than a sport. It’s an opportunity to get away from the on a regular basis and revel in nature. To reel in a monster like this one, we put the time in and stayed on the seashore for days sharing fires, smoked meals, and dialog. Land-based shark fishing actually is a way of life and no different sport comes near it. “