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Shark fishing days on Gulf State Park Pier expanded for July

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Shark fishing on the Gulf State Park Pier is back this month with an expanded schedule and fishing times.  The first opportunity is this Sunday, July 8, 2018 and there will be a total of eight days in July. 

The mid-day bite on the Gulf State Park Pier on Friday, July 06, 2018 was slow, but that didn’t keep avid anglers from trying their luck.  One of them, George Carleton, known as “Haywire” on the pier got to the pier early and said he had an encounter with one of the pier’s notorious regulars.

“This morning, I had a nice bite, a nice run.  He took me all the way to the end of the “octi” and all of a sudden there’s a huge splash and I came back with nothing but a nub.  A great big shark had got me,” Haywire explained.

It’s stories like that which prompted State Park officials to implement special shark fishing days, in the hope to thin them out a bit, but to also learn from the events.  State Park officials said the reaction they’ve gotten from anglers so far has been mixed.

“We knew we were going to get that so we’re getting a few negative comments about people who don’t want to see the sharks brought up and harvested here, but for the most part, we do feel that we’re getting a positive reaction from a majority of local anglers who fish this pier on a daily basis,” said Operations Manager for Alabama State Parks – South Region, Lamar Pendergrass.

July will see eight days of shark fishing, beginning Sunday, July 8th and each following Tuesday and Sunday.  Fishing times will be from 7:00 p.m. till 7:00 a.m., giving anglers eight additional hours each day and more time during daylight hours.  As park officials move into their second month of special shark fishing nights, anglers on the pier Friday said they think it’s a good idea.

“There’s just so many sharks out here, you really can’t even get your fish in so the shark fishing I think is a plus,” said angler and owner of Viper “X” Gaffs, Chris Schultz.

“I really appreciate what the state’s doing and I understand that they have a lot of decisions to make,” Haywire added.  “They have a liability issue and that they are trying to work with us and I really appreciate it.”

If you want to get your name on the list to shark fish, you can do so online with Gulf State Park or by going to the State Park Pier.  The number of anglers has been increased from 10 to 15 and each will only be allowed one team-member during the July fishing days.

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