October 27, 2009
Cermele: Fish Cannibalism and Half A Great White
By Joe Cermele
I clearly remember my first taste of cannibalism in the fish world. I was maybe 7 and reeling in a small bluefish when all of a sudden a bluefish five times the size of the one on my hook pounced on my catch and severed my line. This happens all the time. Big pike eat little pike. Giant brown trout eat little browns. So how big is a great white shark that cuts a 10-foot great white in half in two bites?
Apparently about 20-feet long. Here's a bit of the story from the New York Daily News:
Swimmers were warned that a "monster shark" was prowling off a popular Australian beach, one that nearly bit a 10-foot great white shark in half last week...
Based on the bite marks, experts say the larger shark must be twice its victim's size...
The smaller - relatively speaking - great white was hooked on a baited drum line when it was attacked, and was still alive when it was hauled onto a boat off north Stradbroke Island in Queensland.
In reality, a 20-footer isn't abnormally large for an adult white, but it's impressive none the less. I put a lot of stock in baby bass imitations and rainbow trout-colored stickbaits for bigger trout, but I've never thought of using a shark for a shark. If we're talking flyfishing, it would take a hell of a lot of bucktail to tie up that imitation.
Do you have a good tale of fish cannibalism? Ever lose an average fish to its granddaddy? Did grandaddy make it to the net? - JC