When Thane Forthman called to book his shark fishing charters, he asked if there was a decent chance his son would actually catch one.
Sixteen lemon sharks later … yeah, I’d say there’s a pretty good chance!
Thane and his fourteen-year-old son, Jake, from Simpsonville SC, had a blast reeling in shark after shark. Sixteen lemons and I don’t know how many nurse.
As fast as the baits hit the water, they were hooked up. Double hookups were common.
The first lemon we hooked and landed had a research tag in its dorsal fin. We think it was one we tagged about a year ago with Ph.D Student and Research Assistant, Austin Gallagher, to participate in his shark research with the RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS).
The largest shark landed – by Jake – measured 7′ 3″. The goal for our next trip on Wednesday … beat that!