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Hunter Henderson, 11, of Vancouver, WA, went halibut charter fishing at Newport Tradewinds Charters Saturday on Newport’s Bayfront but came back with something quite different than what he was looking for. Hunter said he had a lincod on his line when a good-sized Salmon Shark shot up from the deep and left nothing but a fish head on his line. But somehow in the fury of the attack, the hook also snagged the shark.
The shark started diving and weaving back and forth under the boat but Hunter managed to keep his cool and began reeling the big toothy fish in. Once back to the surface, a crewman managed to spear the shark with a hand-held harpoon. But the shark managed to break the line. The crewman resorted to the official default mode when dealing with uncooperative sharks – he pulled out a 9mm handgun and quickly dispatched the beast. It took four men to get the shark on the boat.
Back in port, Hunter posed with his shark wrangling friend and showed off his “Biggest Fish of the Trip” kitty fund. Probably more than paid for his deep sea fishing excursion. Hunter told his mom that he’s willing to try shark with one slice on the dinner table, but to leave the rest of the toothy beast on the dock for anyone else who might like to partake.
Others at Newport Tradewinds were all too happy to settle for a less strenuous catch of halibut, rock fish and lincod.
Other charter outfits reported good catches during these early days of the halibut season. Captain Mike Sorenson over at Newport Marina Store and Charters posed for a picture with happy customer Guy Ivy – a nice one taken aboard the Miss Raven.