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    Default Great White Sharks Prowling Alaskan Waters


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    Gosh you mean swimming in Resurrection bay might be dangerous

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    Default The story

    The story I heard about that halibut about 2 years ago is that after being robbed of most of it's dinner the shark proceeded to try and eat the swim step off of the boat. I don't know how many people saw the picture circulating of the sea lion jumping on the bow of the boat in Juneau last week but that seems scarier than sharks. Makes me think twice about looking over the side.

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    Where did the incident with the halibut occur? I didn't notice a caption with the photo.

    Want to make sure I'm not dangling my toes off the swim step the next time I'm wetting a line out on the salt.

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    The pictures I saw of the Great White were taken in 2004 off Yakutat.

    10 to 14 days before I got a copy of the shark pictures, my son and I were fishing with a co-worker six miles off Anchor Point when a shark chased a hooked Halibut almost to the boat before it broke off the chase. My son had a good look at it. At the time, we thought it was a Salmon Shark. When we got the Great White pictures, son's eyes got pretty big as he viewed them. To him, there was a great similarity between the two sharks.

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    They are related to Great White Sharks according to this article...

    http://www.conservationinstitute.org...lmonsharks.htm

    Wow, 50 knots is really fast underwater...


    Quote Originally Posted by jsdobson View Post
    The pictures I saw of the Great White were taken in 2004 off Yakutat.

    10 to 14 days before I got a copy of the shark pictures, my son and I were fishing with a co-worker six miles off Anchor Point when a shark chased a hooked Halibut almost to the boat before it broke off the chase. My son had a good look at it. At the time, we thought it was a Salmon Shark. When we got the Great White pictures, son's eyes got pretty big as he viewed them. To him, there was a great similarity between the two sharks.

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    Wow that convinced me know never to swim in the ocean
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    I bet the dudes @ BJ's know all about how to target them, and where they are. Heck they probably have already caught one.

    Someone go in an ask them and then report your results here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutter View Post
    I bet the dudes @ BJ's know all about how to target them, and where they are. Heck they probably have already caught one......
    Interesting thought.

    Are white sharks legal to harvest in Alaska? I don't think they're legal to harvest anywhere else, at least in the United States.

    The hunting regs specifically state (on page 7):

    ....Look for the species you want to hunt and check for an open season - if it is open, you may hunt it. If the species is not listed, you may NOT hunt that species......
    Is there similar lawyer-language in the Alaska fishing regs? I checked the statewide regs and didn't find anything like it.

    Is there a federal ban on fishing for white sharks? An international ban?

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    I dont think you can target them at all - and I think you are right about a ban on Great Whites, but i have no idea if its federal or international.

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    You can't fish for White Sharks in the U.S. They are a protected species under federal law. Why would someone want to kill such a magnificent and rare shark? Let me tell you they are spectacular to see up close!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelieGuy
    Why would someone want to kill such a magnificent and rare shark?
    Maybe they taste like porpoise......
    “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.” ― H.S.T.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaHippie View Post
    Maybe they taste like porpoise......
    Impeccable comedic timing, my friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaHippie View Post
    Originally Posted by SteelieGuy
    Why would someone want to kill such a magnificent and rare shark?
    Maybe they taste like porpoise......


    Dare we do that again?

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    Default been around for some time

    tomcat, cool pic! what a bummer not to harvest the other white meat,or maybe only a portion.reminds me of when i fished the chain for cod (crab bait then)just outside akutan,in the early 80's and after hauling up a load of cod and was pewing them into the holed i felt a tug on my (new)extra tuffs,flicking the cod that were knee deep came to my surprise a 6 ft whitie nawing on my new boot,no harm done to me toes but the boot was toast,i always wear a size bigger for a quick release if needed.ended up talking to fish and game guy about it and was told that the great white like to travel the jap currents that were warmer water's.now a days with things warming up it is no surprise to hear the reports coming in about these big beasts presents closer shore.

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    just yesterday a friend of mine cought a blue shark off the west coast of prince of wales island it was about six feet long. he said he had a nother one on that was about ten feet long. he seen a total of ten in about and hour. and had three on.and landed one. are they supose too be this far north?

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    Is this what your friend caught?

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    yup thats it

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    Hmm i thought they were usually tropical sharks, but what do I know ? :P .... Does he harvest these? If so how do they taste

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    Default Shark

    Caught my first career Salmon Shark on Saturday. They sure do have some serious power...


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