Tampa Bay is no stranger to sharks, but they seem to be getting more aggressive. We were fishing ten miles off of Egmont last week when we saw an approximate ten-foot bull shark come up and bite my brand new Power Pole Move trolling motor. Moments prior, the shark nabbed a healthy hogfish and quickly got away with a mouthful of tasty fish. I have been a licensed captain since 2013 and have been fishing in Tampa Bay since I was six, but I have never seen that type of aggression from a shark. The giant fish violently shook the trolling motor and boat, but to my surprise, there were only teeth marks; thankfully, I observed no significant mechanical damage. We call him the tax man, but now they are after more. It's okay to lose a fish here and there, although it's frustrating. I'd think twice about getting in the water with these beast.
Check out this short TikTok video I made showing the man in the grey suit. Have you ever experienced such a thing while fishing? It makes you think that we are the Apex on land, but not so much when we are in their domain.
@saltyscales A shark attacked my @Power-Pole Move. That baby is still running Strong 💪 #sharkattack #shark #powerpolemove #fishing #sharks #tampabay #okumafishingusa #happythanksgiving ♬ Good With Me - Jaylon Ashaun