Gary VS. Jaws – Yak VS. Shark… a New Kayak Fishing Trip Report From Florida

I had a nice week in Titletown catching several bass in a nearby lake using my sister’s W and one of Jeff’s Emmrods, which fit nicely in my travel case. Then, back home in Florida, Dick Sherman joined me today at Ozello where we got some nice seatrout and missed a couple of redfish. I also got my first topwater Jaws. I think I got real lucky getting him in on a 15lb test leader with those choppers. The same lure got the bass, trout and jaws.

I had a nice week in Titletown catching several bass in a nearby lake using my sister’s W and one of Jeff’s Emmrods, which fit nicely in my travel case. Then, back home in Florida, Dick Sherman joined me today at Ozello where we got some nice seatrout and missed a couple of redfish. I also got my first topwater Jaws. I think I got real lucky getting him in on a 15lb test leader with those choppers. The same lure got the bass, trout and jaws.
I actually saw his fin in the water moving toward the lure but didn’t think he’d strike a surface lure. Don’t know how he missed sawing off the line after a 40 minute battle.
Gary Rankel
shark caught in fishing kayak, Ozello, FL

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13 thoughts on “Gary VS. Jaws – Yak VS. Shark… a New Kayak Fishing Trip Report From Florida”

  1. Forty minutes… congratulations to Gary for this remarkable catch, and congratulations to the shark for getting his pictures to show on the W blog 😀
    Indeed, this blog rocks!
    Marco

  2. I enjoyed the story and putting these image in an animated sequence was a cool idea. Bookmarked this blog.

  3. From what they tell me down here, it’s unheard of for a shark to strike a topwater lure, so guess I got lucky. If anyone knows what kind of shark it was, please let me know.

  4. Hey Gary, Sweet catch. We get a number of the bonnet heads up here in North Florida that look like little hammer heads. That one looks like a young bull shark. Full grown they would be able to eat the W500. Must have been fun to fight.

  5. Thanks Jeff. Check your Tacklebox site for an Emmrod question I posted there.

  6. AWESOME! One day my “W” will venture out into the surf.

    Tight Lines to everyone on the blog.

    Texas Tarheel Yaker

  7. My kids just got back from a trip, and when they saw this shark they were very impressed!
    Yoav

  8. Outstanding Catch. 🙂

    Wow, that had to be a great battle….40 minutes of pure heaven. 🙂

    Congrats on the many fish that wonderful lure has caught you in your travels.

    Tight lines and Paddle Safe all.
    Rox

  9. Thanks for all the comments, guys, and thanks to Yoav for that cool photo sequence. Think I’ll try for a Great White next.

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