Kayaking can be fun, although I always find myself getting annoyed at the water that seeps in and stays stuck in the bottom of the boat. That confined tight leg space can be a bit uncomfortable too. Some guys from Alaska’s American Ocean Kayak Fishing Team evidently feel differently and decided to up the ante a bit and use their kayaks to go shark hunting.
Sounds reasonable to me, after all, I love chasing killing machines in a fragile fiberglass kayak that is easily tipped over. The team paddled into the middle of a group of salmon sharks–weighing in at about 1000 pounds and 9 feet in length–about 300 of them in total and then started hunting.
“We are all experienced anglers and kayakers so either as a whole or individually, we felt confident in our personal abilities and limits,” said the captain, Chris Mautino.
“The sharks were concentrating on feeding on the Pink Salmon and I really don’t think they gave us a second thought,” said Senor Insano. “We slow trolled the bait behind the kayaks with the rods laying across our laps … Our biggest concerns were staying upright in the kayaks and keeping from getting tangled up in the gear and pulled over as well.”
Yeah, my biggest concern when trying to hunt sharks in a flimsy craft is not getting ate, but then that’s just me… Of course, I’m not silly enough to try and be in that situation in the first place…