What's with metro sharks

Hit the water late today after seeing that today was probably the only one with "good enough" conditions for the next week. Launched at gentlemens  hours from the club and shot across the Sound in near perfect conditions but as I reached the channel I quickly saw that the swell was much bigger than forecast with one set almost closing out the channel. Choosing a wider approach got through with no trouble and headed out to the high 40's where I have been doing well of late. 48 metres was biteless but I had noted some good fish shows in the low 40's so headed back in to that area.....yup still there!

Dropped three baits and hooked up almost immediately, the head shakes and surging runs were typical of good snapper but within moments of hook up the runs stopped to be replaced by the screaming run of a shark which surfaced quickly exploding on the surface before breaking me off on the sea anchor. Second rid goes off, same result, they were just taking a bit of the fish they were swallowing whole.  Two to the tax man

rerigged .....two more hook ups and two more donations ......stuff wasting good snapper, gave it away and came home fishless. Now I have NEVER lost a fish to a shark in the metro area before but four fish in less than an hour is ridiculous........can we now expect this to be the norm?

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Thu, 2018-07-19 16:10

 Bugger, that just sucks mate.


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 Find the snapper and you’ll

Thu, 2018-07-19 16:16

 Find the snapper and you’ll find the sharks mate.. I’ve had a few dhus taken this year.. but it’s fairly uncommon

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 that realy sux. wont be any

Thu, 2018-07-19 17:50

 that realy sux. wont be any fresh fish for the next week. i have never lost a fish to the sharks in metro . hope its not a sign of the times like the north


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Thu, 2018-07-19 19:53

 We lost a fair sized snapper last Thursday morning between Garden and  Carnac in about 10m of water to a 3.5-4m shark right next to the boat, kids were impressed seeing it happen, but I was not!!



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 Hose A, what type of shark

Fri, 2018-07-20 03:40

 Hose A, what type of shark Great White?


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Tiger ?

Fri, 2018-07-20 08:52

Definitely not a Great white, it had a wide blunt snout. Not too sure I called it for a Tiger shark at the time, I assume they inhabit these waters?



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I might have expected it in the Sound

Thu, 2018-07-19 20:26

But not out wide, they were obviously preying on the school of pinkies and I just made it easy for them ......only fish I have ever lost to a shark was when I was part of the sambo tagging programme and had a great white take a huge sambo right next to the boat but that was a decade ago 

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Funny you say that

Thu, 2018-07-19 20:49

I have been fishing out of two rocks for 15 years never lost a fish to a shark the last 2 outings sharks really weird.Just come back from Gnaraloo been fishing there for 10 years and the Sharks were unbelievable hope it's not a sign of the times to come.  

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Thu, 2018-07-19 22:52

 That’s how it is at the Abrolhos in anything deeper than about 15 meters unfortunately 


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Don't think its every going

Fri, 2018-07-20 06:28

 To get any better.


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 We’ve been getting sharked a

Fri, 2018-07-20 06:46

 We’ve been getting sharked a few times In 90m of Just north of rotto 

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Sharks on snapper last night

Fri, 2018-07-20 18:46

Sharks on snapper last night out from woodies


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 looks like there is going to

Sat, 2018-07-21 15:15

 looks like there is going to be a lot more sharks on the menu . 


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 We’ve lost snapper to sharks

Sun, 2018-07-22 11:56

 We’ve lost snapper to sharks quite often in that same area between Garden and Carnac, assuming they shadow the schools waiting for an easy feed when one gets hooked

have dived Direction Bank out from Two Rocks and had them at times in plague proportions where you just can’t stay in the water

dived Abrolhos late January and they were the worst I’ve seen there and quite aggressive as well

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yep my last run

Wed, 2018-07-25 08:16

 2 dhue's to sharks .. still fun 


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