Not freaked out by a shark near the beach in Boca Grande are you? It’s tarpon season here in Southwest Florida and I’m hearing the fishing is particularly good around Boca Grande. For the humans fishing for tarpon, it’s a catch and release. For the sharks, it’s dinner. And sharks love tarpon. With the tarpon being more active, that makes the sharks more active. We all know that the sharks are always there, but they’re certainly more visible right now. A good rule if you’re swimming off the coast is to stay far far away from any fishing boats. Tarpons don’t surrender easy once they’re hooked onto a fishing line and all of that struggling has been know to attract sharks. I’ve seen quite a few pictures of people reeling in half-tarpons after a shark takes the other half.

This video is from Captain Edward with @wickedhooksfishing and you’ll see just how close to the shore at Boca Grande this hammerhead is heading. And the people wading into the water have no idea.

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Captain Edward with @wickedhooksfishing spotted a hammer head swimming right towards the beach while tarpon fishing at Boca Grande! #sharkweek #shark #fishing #captain #beach #fyp #scary #healthadepopit

♬ White Shark ( 1min ) - Soniau

I’m seeing the Tik Tok video doesn’t always load. Same video, this one on Insta:

 

Captain Edward could have maybe yelled a little louder at the people. Ha. The truth is, shark attacks here are very very rare. But these monsters are out there. And they’re pretty close to the shore. Happy Fourth of July!

This Friday begins “Freedom Week” in Florida. A lot of outdoor gear, including a lot of fishing and recreational gear – is tax free. Check out the list:

The “Freedom Week” Florida Tax Holiday Starts This Friday (7/1)

  • Boating and water activity supplies:

    On the first $25 of the sales price:
    • Goggles • Snorkels
    • Swimming masks

    On the first $35 of the sales price:
    • Inflatable chairs • Pool floats
    • Pool toys • Recreational pool tubes

    On the first $300 of the sales price:
    • Paddleboards • Surfboards

    On the first $500 of the sales price:
    • Canoes • Kayaks

  • Camping supplies:

    On the first $30 of the sales price:
    • Camping lanterns • Flashlights

    On the first $50 of the sales price:
    • Camping stoves • Collapsible camping chairs
    • Portable hammocks • Sleeping bags

    On the first $200 of the sales price:
    • Tents

  • Fishing supplies:

    On the first $5 of the sales price if sold
    individually or the first $10 of the sales price if
    multiple items are sold together:
    • Bait • Fishing tackle

    On the first $30 of the sales price:
    • Tackle Bags • Tackle boxes

    On the first $75 of the sales price if sold individually or the first $150 of the sales price if sold as a
    set:
    • Reels • Rods

    Note: Excludes supplies used for commercial fishing
    purposes.

  • General outdoor supplies:

    On the first $15 of the sales price:
    • Insect repellant • Sunscreen

    On the first $50 of the sales price:
    • Safety flares

    On the first $75 of the sales price:
    • Coolers • Life jackets
    • Oars • Paddles

    On the first $150 of the sales price:
    • Inflatable recreational water tubes and floats
    capable of being towed
    • Kneeboards • Wakeboards • Water skis

    On the first $30 of the sales price:
    • Water bottles

    On the first $50 of the sales price:
    • Bicycle helmets*
    • Hydration packs
    * Bicycle helmets marketed for use by youth are
    always exempt from sales tax.

    On the first $100 of the sales price:
    • Sunglasses (except prescription**)
    ** Prescription eyeglasses are always exempt from
    sales tax.

    On the first $200 of the sales price:
    • Binoculars

    On the first $250 of the sales price:
    • Bicycles
    • Outdoor gas or charcoal grills

     

  • Residential pool supplies

    On the first $100 of the sales price:
    • Covers • Filters
    • Lights • Nets
    • Residential pool and spa replacement parts

    On the first $150 of the sales price:
    • Residential pool and spa chemicals when
    purchased by an individual

  • Sports equipment:

    Selling for $40 or less:
    • Any item used in individual or team sports, not
    including clothing or footwear

  • Any questions?

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Boca Grande shark

Boca Grande shark

Joe Winner spends his days combing through memes and off beat stories to bring you the side of Florida not always seen.