As the thresher comes boatside, Capt. Dave Pecci and angler Spud Woodward prepare to be awed. While the fight took about 45 minutes, this shark still had a lot of fight and slapped the boat and crew twice with its long tail.
The ocean came alive with the warm, calm weather. This finback whale swam slowly past our boat, rolling three or four times before sounding.
Wilson's storm petrels sip the fish oil off the surface from our chum slick.
Capt. Dave Pecci works to unwrap a twisting blue shark boatside before release.
A blue thrashes at the boat before a quick release.
So many blue sharks came into our slick that Mac McKeever from LL Bean decided to hook one up on a chum fly. If he had chosen to keep the shark, it very well could have eclipsed the state record — a 110-pounder caught by our host Capt. Dave Pecci. But McKeever chose to release the shark.
Southport Boats president Ian Kopp hooked up to an estimated 360-pound thresher shark.
Sport Fishing publisher Dave Morel leaders the big thresher boatside as Ian Kopp appreciates the results of his hour-plus fight.
The crew aboard the Southport 29 evaluate the size of the big thresher as they begin to revive it boatside.
Length estimates gave us an approximate weight for this thresher of 365 pounds.
The release! Two threshers and more than a dozen blue sharks made for an awesome offshore day of sharking out of Bath, Maine.