He only got one good pull and then he was done.
Not only was Kyle Baker done, but so was the 6-foot rod he was using aboard the Double Time when it was snapped in half by what appeared to be about a 300-pound bull shark.
“It was fun and quick,” said the 28-year-old angler from Kentucky.
Capt. Tim Adams said they were fishing about eight miles from Destin when they spotted a shark swimming near the boat.
Using a piece of amberjack that had gotten snapped in half earlier for bait, Baker tossed it out near the boat. On his second try, the shark hit the bait hard.
“It pulled and then it broke,” Baker said.
The rod was a 6-foot custom made Half Hitch fiberglass rod that Adams has had in his arsenal of tackle for 10 years.
“I had four made at the time … I’ll still got three,” he said, adding that he uses them all the time.
As for the one that cracked under pressure, it was loaded with 80-pound test line on a Penn 4-ought reel.
“It wasn’t a hammerhead or a tiger. It was most likely a bull,” Adams said.
Either way, “It was so fast, so hard and so quick,” Adams said, noting it was all over in less than a minute.
However, the group from Kentucky didn’t come home empty handed. They pulled in good catch of king mackerel and Spanish mackerel.