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Fishing – Pelican’t have the Baby Hammerhead Shark I Caught (Naples Pier, Florida)

Fishing – Pelican’t have the Baby Hammerhead Shark I Caught (Naples Pier, Florida)
Maya
  • On February 18, 2014

We learned that fishing from Naples Pier does not require a fishing license. The only big challenge is finding parking in the winter season as many snowbirds or weather escapees from the north flock to Florida, therefore making parking a premium.

PIC: Illustration of Florida Winter Snowbirds
Photo by: NY Times Article – “Snowbirds Flock Together for Winter

Info

Water Temp: 68°F
Sunset: 6:23pm

Links

Naples Pier

Address

25 12th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102

Distance Traveled

9.7 miles one-way from Club Naples RV Resort

Luckily, met a very welcoming resident of Naples, at the TRX / Kickboxing gym I’ve been attending (Body Crafters Inc.), who kindly offered and allowed us to park in her front yard. She and her husband live only blocks from the pier. Thank you again to “The Sandspurs” (…the name they gave their house.)

PIC: Homes in Naples, Florida

Spotted Royal Terns. To me, their head looked similar to a Belted Kingfisher and the body of a Seagull.

PIC: Naples Pier - Royal Terns

I see Bill in the distance… to the very left. He found a nice spot to fish in the shade right across the concession stand. Nice bench seating to take a load off from time-to-time, too.

PIC: Naples Pier

Catch of the Day: Baby Hammerhead Shark

PIC: Fishing at Naples Pier

PIC: Fishing at Naples Pier

PIC: Fishing at Naples Pier

PIC: Fishing at Naples Pier

That was exciting to catch and see a baby hammerhead shark up close. But it got even more exciting. After a short, few minutes of taking pictures, we wanted to get the shark back in the water but had to look for our plyers to take the hook out of its mouth. So we lowered the shark back in the water so it could catch a few breaths. Bad idea!

A pelican immediately swooped in and put our catch in his pouch. Check out this girl beside me with her “Oh no!” expression…

You could see the hammerhead’s eyeball sticking outside of the pelican’s pouch.

PIC: Fishing at Naples Pier - Pelican and a Baby Hammerhead Shark in its pouch.

We waited for the pelican to adjust and open his mouth…

PIC: Fishing at Naples Pier - Pelican and a Baby Hammerhead Shark in its pouch.

PIC: Fishing at Naples Pier - Pelican and a Baby Hammerhead Shark in its pouch.

This pelican didn’t give up. We were reeling up the hammerhead and the pelican grabbed the shark, again!

PIC: Fishing at Naples Pier - Pelican and a Baby Hammerhead Shark in its pouch.

Luckily, we were able to yank the hammerhead out. Take the hook out of his mouth and throw him on the other side of the pier so it could escape.

PIC: Fishing at Naples Pier - Pelican and a Baby Hammerhead Shark in its pouch.

Complete Photo Gallery

Naples Pier – Fishing (Naples, Fl)

QUESTION: Do you fish or think it’s boring?

Comments

  1. ALoha To you and BIll… these photos were fun and very educational.
    Questions:

    1) how did you put the decorations on the head of the Tern birds?
    2) how come only you had a fishing pole and the other white people did not have one?
    3) why did Billy prefer not to be featured in any of the photos
    4) did the Pelicans smell bad?
    5) is it legal to catch those baby Hammerhead sharks?

    Thank you for your answers as I will be doing a study on how mixed couples with fishing poles are accepted in Florida.

    Mahalo!
    Paul

    • Maya

      Paul –
      1) The Terns must be the Don King of the bird world…
      2) Kinda funny that the Asian girl who doesn’t need a tan was in the shaded fishing spot
      3) The one who catches the fish gets photographed… so far I’ve caught all the fish on our road trip. Bill has plenty of time to catch up on the fish caught count in the Keys
      4) Didn’t think any of the pier smelled of Pelicans… they were behaved
      5) Legal or illegal to catch sharks on the pier??? Dunno. There are more rules about protecting pelicans actually.

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