Untamed Lowcountry

Hilton Head fishing crew hooks 3,000-pound great white shark, tags another

Outcast Sport Fishing crews caught this great white shark the afternoon of Dec. 13, 2016.
Outcast Sport Fishing crews caught this great white shark the afternoon of Dec. 13, 2016. Outcast Sport Fishing Facebook

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — for great white sharks in the Lowcountry — and this week a local fishing crew got their first catch of the season.

The crew at Outcast Sport Fishing Hilton Head Island, led by charter boat captain Chip Michalove, hooked two great white sharks on Tuesday afternoon off the Hilton Head coast.

Michalove said his two-person crew hooked the “largest great white (he’s) seen out there” — estimated at 3,000 pounds.

“It happened so fast. We were talking about what to do with her and all the sudden she ripped out 400 yards of line,” Michalove said. “She was so big I don’t think she even knew she was hooked.”

Unfortunately the female shark escaped the hook and the crew didn’t get a chance to tag her.

“She was a real monster,” he said. “I couldn’t believe how big she was.”

Could it have been Mary Lee, OCEARCH’s famous 3,500 pound great white shark that was located off the South Carolina Coast Sunday? We’ll never know.

After almost calling it a day after the gigantic shark escaped him, Michalove caught his first male white shark. This one was smaller, stretching about 9.5 feet, but still put up a fight. Michalove said he put a tag on the shark and sent him on his way.

Michalove has had quite the year. In March, he caught, tagged and even touched the nose of a 2,500-pound great white.

“1-2 on whites in December isn't bad, but I'm going to get that monster,” he said of the one that got away.

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