Friday, January 06, 2006
This might look like another "Stupid Things I Have Done" posts, but it's not...really. The female nurse shark in the picture took a piece of cut fish that I was soaking, hoping for a cobia. It was a slow day and as soon as I put my feet up on the gunwale and grabbed a sandwich, along came this shark. As usual, when you lay the rod down and stop paying attention to it, something will strike.
It was a short tug o'war of slow,steady pressure applied in opposite directions by the shark and I. After a little while she tired and came along side. I wanted a photo so I gave her a heave up onto the bow deck where we posed for a quick picture. After the photo, I slid her gently back into the Gulf and off she went.
Nurse sharks are slow moving bottom cruisers who love crab and other slow prey. They are not an aggessive shark, but if you look at the photo, I've got a firm grip on her and am standing away from the business end of the fish. It's a matter of respect.
I generally don't keep sharks when I'm fishing even though they are pretty tasty. Their body chemistry requires you to immediately clean and ice the shark down thoroughly or the meat will develop a strong ammonia flavor... like a diaper pail you forgot to empty before leaving for the weekend. Yes, been there, done that...
Since I am too lazy to stop and do all that shark prep and since shark populations are lower than they should be, I let 'em go.
(Not that I have been fishing since this remodeling started anyway.)
Do you see why I have referred to the shark as a "she"?
Posted by R.Powers at 6:22 AM