Chip Michalove thought it was too early to hook into a shark off of Hilton Head.
He was wrong.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC
Out fishing near Port Royal Sound with his girlfriend and a neighbor Friday, Chip Michalove’s trip was successful from the start, hauling in bull redfish and several types of shark in their first few hours on the water.
But Michalove, a champion shark fisherman and captain of Outcast Sport Fishing on Hilton Head Island, hoped for an encounter with a different kind of shark – a great white. Although he hooked four of the sharks from January to March, Michalove thought it was too early in the season to be able to catch one.
Chip Michalove of Outcast Sport Fishing snagged this juvenile great white shark Dec. 11 in Port Royal Sound off Hilton Head Island. Chip Michalove Submitted photo
Then the line tugged, and in Michalove’s words, “took off like a freight train.”
“It was up on the surface, which is uncharacteristic,” he said. “I knew right off the bat it was something else.”
Around 4 p.m. Friday, a few miles from the mouth of Port Royal Sound, Michalove caught a 7-foot juvenile great white shark. The animal had a stingray tail hanging out of its mouth as it surfaced, he said.
The shark was on the smaller side of the ones he’s caught – two he hooked last winter were more than 2,000 pounds – but it didn’t make it any less exhilarating, he said.
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