While in pursuit of a shark over 12 ft there are many other fish that should be checked off of the list and added to the fishing resume. A big bull shark was one of those fish still on my list and I spent the majority of my time on the sand this year fishing for one. The migration is no big secret and I basically knew within a couple degrees what water I was looking for. The temperatures seemed to just hover around that mark and I fished the windows hard. We caught a bunch of sandbars and bulls from 7-7.5 ft but couldn’t get a hook in the big pregnant bulls. I am confident they were there, they had to be, but I believe they were more focused on dropping there pups and the baits were being picked up one after another by the more aggressively feeding sharks. The window finally ended and the first opportunity of the year had passed.
The next chance I had at catching a big bull was targeting them after they had pupped. We hit the beach with a different strategy and went through a handful of medium sized sharks as usual, but remained confident that this was going to be the trip. Shortly after paddling a late night bait into the fog, my 80w began to roll, the rod loaded, and I could feel that it was a good fish. Surprisingly she wasn’t able to take much line and the only time she gave me any trouble was when I had to get her over the final bar. The fish was too heavy to leader so I had to go into waste deep water to secure the rope. I couldn’t believe how massive the fish was. The first thought that went through my head was “where are the stripes?!!” I had finally caught a truly monstrous bull shark. She taped out at a little over 9'1". It feels good to check another one off of the list.