With 3,000-pound great white shark on hook, captain radios for backup

With 3,000-pound great white shark on hook, captain radios for backup

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With 3,000-pound great white shark on hook, captain radios for backup

Chip Michalove and crew work to tag 16-foot great white shark. Photo: Outcast Sport Fishing

As a choppy ocean settled and the day grew late last week off Hilton Head, S.C., Capt. Chip Michalove hooked and quickly lost a 10-foot great white shark.

But before disappointment could settle in, a 16-foot, 3,000-pound white shark chomped the same bait and a ferocious battle ensued, leaving the captain feeling overmatched in a 26-foot boat with only one crewman aboard.

“She smoked the reel and we [were] off” chasing the fleeing predator, Michalove wrote on Facebook, after a successful tag-and-release effort on Tuesday. (The captain is permitted to tag protected white sharks for scientific research.)

The catch was made only after nearby a fisherman arrived to assist Michalove, who owns Outcast Sport Fishing. It was by far the largest white shark Michalove has seen this year.

This week he released video of the catch and appeared in local news reports.

Michalove told WSAV: “A 3,000-pound animal is massive. People don’t realize just one wag of the tail can [swamp] a 26-foot boat. After we started fighting this thing we kind of realized that it was just too much.”

When Michalove’s friend arrived to board his vessel and help with the tag and release, Michalove issued this caution: “Hey listen, this is going to be nuts. This is gonna be something that’s going to turn your stomach when you see how wide this fish is.”

MORE: How sharks treat one another during feeding frenzy examined in video

Of the excitement that ensued, Michalove added: “There’s nothing like it. I mean jumping out of an airplane, bungee jumping, the adrenaline rush, it’s amazing.”

The massive shark fought valiantly until it was alongside the boat, but was remarkably calm as Michalove placed the tag and cut the line.

“No reviving this shark was necessary,” the captain wrote on Facebook. “Her tail never quit wagging, and with zero panic… like she was out for a stroll with the kids.”

Michalove told USA Today that he uses three different types of tags, each designed to garner information about movements and habits of the iconic predators.

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