Angler puts up with 7foot predators around his legs to catch 30lb trevally.
The next time you moan about a few tangles and a bit of rain while out on the bank, remember there could be bigger things to worry about – as a recent trip to Christmas Island for fly angler Mike Green demonstrated.
Fishing in the Indian Ocean off the Island on the other side of the world, Northamptonshire based Mike hooked some stunning fish including a new personal best 9lb bonefish and this 30lb trevally. However, to get to where the fish were meant wading and getting up close and personal with the island’s sharks – a situation that saw Mike have 7foot long predators regularly swimming by his legs and chasing down some of the fish he was playing.
"I don't think anyone's ever been eaten," said Mike about the experience, "but they can come up behind you, following the sand trail kicked up by your wading. If you prod them on the nose with your rod tip they usually beggar off.
"It can be a bit disturbing to start with, but you get used to them. This is not me being blasé or stupid, well, probably just a little bit stupid – but I find I fear house spiders more."
Although Mike put on a brave face on at having the sharks around his calves, his angling partner Jonathan Tomlinson wasn’t all that impressed by the close proximity of the fish.
"At one point Jonathan was in two feet of water playing a 10lb trevally when a six or seven foot black tip shark came along and bit his fish in half,” added Mike. “He went back to the boat after that."