This post was inspired by William Fundora’s lists that he posts on http://www.southfloridasharkclub.com
2014 is winding down and in this list we will look at the top 10 sharks caught this year from the beach. Did you make the list? – featured image credit to: Alex Stevens of http://www.berserkerrods.com
Click on each angler for a link to the report:
1. Peter Buban – sharkingsport – 13’9 Hammer during Blacktip Challenge 2014
2. Earnie Polk – teamtrueblue – 13’6+ Hammer est weight 1400lbs. Missing tail or would’ve been over 14’!
3. Andrew – Big Bully – 13’7 Hammer after 4 years of fishing hard for one in one of the best known hammer spots!
4.Scott Nelson & Eric Oz’s 13’3 TX Hammer- VERY rare catch out in TX, and the anglers went to great lengths for this one!
5. Dan Tabatabi – nutgobblingrocketeers – 13′ hammer tagged by Mote Marine Lab
6. Veli and Infinity 12’8 Hammer on Anglin’s pier in FT Lauderdale (went international news)
7. Rogue Hooker, SOS user, – 12’5 Tiger shark in Australia (also had a 10′ hammer on the same trip!)
8. Stanjwarren – Requiem Fishing – 12’3 Tiger shark in South Carolina – newcomers making a splash!
9.pkpieplow – SOS user – 12’+ tiger shark on a family vacation! Awesome fish
10. Snappersniffer, SFSC user, BIG tiger shark. Not measured, and definitely 12′ or bigger
*We can’t forget about Joey Polk’s 11′ world record mako! It may very well be bigger than some of the fish on the list in weight, but for this article we used length.*
There were several big ones in the 10-11′ range, but wow it has been a year for shark fishing. Josh Jorgensen comments that less than half a dozen 12’+ sharks are caught each year and here we have 10! What an outstanding year 2014 has been for the community in terms of big fish.
Something else I must point out that we bring up among our group chat pretty often is that its unfortunate that people over estimate or give exact numbers when they also say they didn’t measure or measured in some kind of Mcgiver kind of way. If you say it was really big and show the picture, people will appreciate it more. There were a few from 2012-13 claiming to be 14′ or bigger and they were clearly not now that there are a lot more big fish being photo documented.
On a final note, and I am guilty of this myself, for those of us fishing 80ws, 130s and these monster reels that all cost quite a bit of money- there is no excuse for not having a camera, or in my case not knowing how to work it ahead of time so that when the moment arises, you don’t have blurry cell phone images of some of the best catches you will ever make. If you can afford the reel, you can afford a DSLR, or probably the better option due to conditions we fish in, a “rugged” series of the many cameras available. The best one being the Olympus TG Tough series. Lets shoot for 2015 having higher quality monsters and on top of that keep good LONG rulers in our tackle bags!
I decided to copy and paste the article I wrote based on the suggestions of another thread in this forum. Original article can be seen @ http://www.requiemfishing.com