Fishing – Pelican’t have the Baby Hammerhead Shark I Caught (Naples Pier, Florida)
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.
Photo by: NY Times Article – “Snowbirds Flock Together for Winter”
Water Temp: 68°F
25 12th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102
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.)
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.
Catch of the Day: Baby Hammerhead Shark
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.
We waited for the pelican to adjust and open his mouth…
This pelican didn’t give up. We were reeling up the hammerhead and the pelican grabbed the shark, again!
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.
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QUESTION: Do you fish or think it’s boring?