Jun 25, 2012

Shark fishing, Willapa Bay, Wa.

Sunday morning I got the opportunity to be taken out on the Willapa Bay with the crew from 7 Gill Outfitters, a new business that is essentially a charter service for those who want to try their hand at catching a shark, or 10. In the three hours I was out there they hooked and reeled up eight broadnose seven gill sharks, and they weren't small, in fact most were between 7 and 10 feet.

According to state game laws, its actually legal to keep up to 12 per day, if you wanted to. The vast majority of the time it's catch and release. But if you did want to take one home, the quickest way to put the big fish down after being caught is a bullet to the head. In this case, Captain Kelly Barnum used a handgun after one shark swallowed the hook and bait and began to bleed out. The guide roped the shark by the tail before shooting it and then taking it home.


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