The Salty Savage Experience

My name is Eli Glisson and last week we had a trip of an absolute lifetime on one of our guided land based shark fishing adventures at The Salty Savage Experience! We are an all inclusive land based guide service that specializes in targeting big sharks off the beach using big conventional reels like 50w and 80w series reels deployed with a kayak! We start the trip off catching a 8.5ft lemon shark within 30 minutes of having baits in the water! Followed by doubling up on two solid sharks not 5 minutes after releasing the lemon! We landed 1 out of the 2 fish hooked and the one we landed was a 5ft black tip sharks that the clients wanted to harvest for table fair. As I started to go to work cleaning the shark for our clients my 50w okuma Makaira started screaming as the rod folded over and in that instant I knew what took the bait! As my client Jesse strapped into the fighting belt this lowcountry monster took about 200yds of line on the initial run pulling 40 plus pounds of drag like nobody’s business! As I passed the rod to Jesse I told him this can only be one fish and that’s Hammer baby! After a 20 minute back breaking battle we landed a 10.5-11ft Greater hammer head shark a true lowcountry fish of a lifetime! Now with this being said hammer head sharks are among the most fragile yet hardest fighting sharks you can catch from the beach so with the help of my right hand man/co-captain Derrick Lewis we got to work instantly removing the hook, snapping a quick picture and releasing this number 1 apex predator back into the ocean completely unharmed! As we send the hammer back into the abyss anther rod takes off and Derrick takes off and sets the hook on anther shark as the hammers giant dorsal fine disappears into the darkness. Now we have Larry fighting cranking in a anther solid black tip sharks that he lands within 5 minutes and now we can finally celebrate our fish of a lifetime but there’s still one rod out! After the celebration and whole crew completely worn out after 4 sharks the lone 50w decided to start screaming as we are cleaning up camp! Now Doug our guest not to personally fight the shark and land it was up to the plate! He absolutely man handled a big heathy lemon shark right at 8ft long to put the cherry on top of the trip for the Father and two son in laws crew! It was a night none of us will forget and a true salty savage experience right here in the heart of the lowcountry! This is only the 3rd hammer head shark I have caught in the Beaufort SC area in 10 years of shark fishing off the beach and the biggest one yet! Thank you for reading about one of our craziest shark fishing trips I’ve ever had the pleasure of guiding!

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