So, this past weekend, I went on a 420-friendly shark fishing expedition not knowing what to expect. The charter was located in South Portland, Maine, and the captain is weed-friendly; however, he kindly asked us not to take any pictures of him smoking cannabis, which we had no problem doing. We left the Marina around 7 am and headed out to sea.
There was a strong north wind Saturday morning, and the ride out was choppy and cold. This was my first deep-sea fishing expedition, so everything I'm describing is coming from the education I received from the captain of the charter. A north wind doesn't occur as much as a south wind does, and the direction of the wind plays a role in how far they go out before they drift.
For north winds, he goes 16 miles out to sea and drifts away from land, which we drifted an additional 10 miles in 6 hours, and for south winds, he goes out 24 miles and drifts back towards shore, which is what he prefers because it took us 90 minutes to get back.
Once we reached our destination, he killed the motor, placed a frozen block of chum (ground up oily fish) into a milk crate, placed it into the water on the side of the boat, and set up a container that dripped a special recipe of other oils at the bow of the boat. What this does is it creates a chum slick (trail in the water) that's about 100 feet wide and as long as our drift goes. It's truly amazing to see it in the water.
The crazy thing about shark fishing is - you have to attract them to the boat! The sharks can smell the chum slick for miles away. What they do is swim in the chum slick toward the boat until they see the bait on the fishing lines, which for our captain was a frozen Mackerel. He said it would take about an hour or so before a shark would show up, so during our wait, we smoked some cannabis and picked up some friends.
The Fin Whale stayed with us for about 2 hours, the captain said in his 20 years of doing this, he's never seen a whale hang around like that. He came right up to the boat and just keep circling us until he left. Just when things were looking bleak, one of the bobbers went underwater, and things went from boring to exciting; however, the Blue Shark didn't put up much of fight. We reeled him in as easy as a brook trout. He didn't get crazy until we took him out of the water!
After we released him back into the ocean, it took another 2 hours and 3 spliffs before we got our last hit of the day; however, it would prove to be a dandy one. We hooked a 12-foot - 300 lb Mako Shark! When we first hooked him, he jumped completely out of the water and took off running like crazy! A Mako Shark can swim 60 miles an hour, and they're one of the fastest species of fish in the ocean.
Unfortunately, there was so much action going on inside the boat that no one was able to get a good still frame pic, but my sister-in-law captured it on her Go-Pro. This shark was massive and I couldn't believe how hard he fought us. We literally had to keep swapping the reel because the shark wore you out in about 2 minutes. I've never had anything like that on a fishing line before.
He ran on us twice, and we had to start over. It took us 45 minutes to get him next to the boat for the second time. The captain of the boat made a judgment call and cut the line for safety reasons. A tired Mako Shark can still jump out of the water and bite someone's arm off or worse - pull you in the water! I was so tired by the time we got done fighting this beast that my forearms looked like Popeye's.
The excursion cost $1000 plus a $200 tip, which is customary, and it was so cool that we decided to do it again next year!