Just a Fun Afternoon Kayaking and Shark Killing

Kayaking can be fun, although I always find myself getting annoyed at the water that seeps in and stays stuck in the bottom of the boat. That confined tight leg space can be a bit uncomfortable too. Some guys from Alaska’s American Ocean Kayak Fishing Team evidently feel differently and decided to up the ante a bit and use their kayaks to go shark hunting.

shark-hunter-kayakSounds reasonable to me, after all, I love chasing killing machines in a fragile fiberglass kayak that is easily tipped over. The team paddled into the middle of a group of salmon sharks–weighing in at about 1000 pounds and 9 feet in length–about 300 of them in total and then started hunting.

“We are all experienced anglers and kayakers so either as a whole or individually, we felt confident in our personal abilities and limits,” said the captain, Chris Mautino.

“The sharks were concentrating on feeding on the Pink Salmon and I really don’t think they gave us a second thought,” said Senor Insano. “We slow trolled the bait behind the kayaks with the rods laying across our laps … Our biggest concerns were staying upright in the kayaks and keeping from getting tangled up in the gear and pulled over as well.”

Yeah, my biggest concern when trying to hunt sharks in a flimsy craft is not getting ate, but then that’s just me… Of course, I’m not silly enough to try and be in that situation in the first place…



5 Responses to “Just a Fun Afternoon Kayaking and Shark Killing”

  1. 1 the sister
    February 10, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    forget the water that stays in the bottom of the kayak – these dudes now have shark blood down in there. grody.

  2. 2 thomas
    March 30, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    wow man thats pretty crazy. I wish I was that crazy… i’d rather be on a boat with a big fishing pole personally.

  3. October 6, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    Okay, that looks like it was exciting, but what do they do with the sharks once they’ve got them? That doesn’t look like catch-and-release material, and I don’t believe they taste that good.

    I didn’t realize that anyone used sit-on-top kayaks in Alaska, particularly in February, but that looks like a Scupper Pro about to sink under the weight. Those are the most popular boat over here in Hawaii, but over here they kind of make sense… 🙂

  4. 4 mr greenpeace
    October 22, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    SICKO,s thats just unnesersary slaughter

  5. 5 Cris
    October 25, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Shark has not been changed for millions of years. The natural environment of shark is the sea. Shark kills because it is in his nature. But man why kills?

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