Kayak fisherman has close encounter with shark

By Paul Drewes
Published On: Apr 11 2013 12:19:45 AM HST
Updated On: Apr 11 2013 06:43:59 AM HST

An Oahu man fishing from a kayak had his catch stolen while at sea.

HONOLULU -

An Oahu man, fishing from a kayak, had his catch stolen while at sea.  Not only did he get a good look at the culprit, he got video of his close encounter with a shark.

Isaac Brumaghim spends a lot of time on his kayak fishing on the open ocean.

"We're in search of big game; a lot of pelagic fish, mahimahi, ono and tuna," said Brumaghim.

The sport has really taken off in the past four to five years but Brumaghim estimates there are still less than a hundred fishermen like him around the islands. They fish from kayaks roughly 15 feet long, and when they get a bite it can really take them for a ride.

"You're outfitted to get into a sleigh ride with a fish, that way you can tire them out," said Brumaghim.

That's what he was doing over the weekend miles from shore.

"I hooked into a kavakava that I brought up to the side of my boat, and right there I noticed something green and gray, but I wanted to land the fish," said Brumaghim.

Isaac wasn't the only one with his eyes on the catch. A 9-foot-long Galapagos shark had been hanging around throughout the day.
Then suddenly, it made a move as the fish was pulled to the kayak.

"The fish jumps out of the water and the shark jumps out of the water. It just erupts. I've never seen a shark launch out of the water that way," said Brumaghim. "It was a pretty intense moment".

It was all caught on his GoPro camera, which was set up to show the intensity of kayak fishing.

Brumaghim didn't catch the kavakava, but he didn't end up with a fantastic fishing tale. He said he kept fishing, even after his close encounter with the shark, which he nicknamed Chompy.

For those that would like to see more of this shark encounter, or find out more about this sport, go to Brumaghim's website Aquahunters.com.

Click here to watch Paul Drewes' report.

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