Captain Josh Brooks is no stranger to catching trophy fish, but the angler and Brooksalaskanadventures guide almost outdid himself last week, as he hauled up a 300-plus pound salmon shark from the waters of Kachemak Bay.
“The shark went for a root beer jig tail with salmon belly on it,” Brooks said of his catch. “We hooked him up at East Chugach Island and reeled up lines. Then, we threw the anchor off and started backing up on the shark to get some line back on the reel.”
And then, Brooks started the fight clock.
The battle lasted an epic 1 hour and 41 minutes. And, while Brooks says this is the second-largest salmon shark he has ever caught, it was definitely the longest battle.
Brooks is one of few — if not the only — charter out of Homer that targets salmon sharks. He books charters throughout the year.
“October and January are great months to shark-fish,” Brooks said. “Very large tide changes seem to help as well.”
Brooks said this was also a good year to fish for halibut, as well.
“Since May 1, we have boated 42 halibut over 100 pounds,” he said. “Anglers are allowed one halibut per person, but we target the 50 to 150-pound range of fish, and it seems to be working great.”
“Well, our booking line has been ringing off the hook,” he said.
And — just in case you were wondering — Brook’s biggest salmon shark came seven years ago; a huge female weighing just short of 500 pounds.
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