This pier was the place where many big sharks were caught.I remember reading the reports of the big tigers and dusky sharks that were caught there in the 1970's & 1980's.It's gone today destroyed by a hurricane but i'm sure not forgotten by the shark fisherman that fished it on a regular basis.As a young man i wanted to fish the pier but instead we always ended up on the Skyway bridge or some other west coast beach.
A pamphlet from the pier in the early 1980's
The other side
An aerial view -courtesy Youtube
Here's an article that i saved from 1983 it's about the Big tiger shark that was caught by a West Coast Anglers Club non-member Terry Gue.
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Grew up on the pier. At age 5 I fished threw the floor cracks then over the first knee rail and finally over the top rail. From 1959 till its distruction. Our family cultivate life long relationships with many people. The Hanners family: Henry, Jenny, Dwight, and me. email@example.com
I "grew up " on that pier. Fished it from from 1976 to 1985 when hurricane Elanea finally demolished it. It used to sway with the waves rolling in, it was only a matter of time. I will never forget it!!! GREAT TIMES!!!
On the west coast, Indian Rocks Pier was the mecca of land-based sharking. The bait house had hundreds of pictures of everything from big kings, to tarpon, Goliaths, giant rays, and of course, sharks. The shark club was hard to get in and was by invitation only. You needed approval from other members, and only 20 were in the club at any given time (at least that's how it was in the 80's). There were several in the +700lb category, more in the 400 to 600 range, and a bunch smaller than that. There was a 388lb lemon that was caught, and at that time, was just 8lb's shy of the world record. Unfortunately, many pictures were lost during hurricane elena. We had our own rowboat, ladder, electric winch, and certified scale. The city ordinance was no shark fishing within 1000' of shore. The pier was 1041' long. There were stories of larger sharks caught in the 60's that were not officially weighed. There was even a story of what was believed to be a great white, which broke off before they could get him gaffed, which was witnessed by several reliable sources.