Score! Big Water Hat Trick
By Mike Stevens
What three experiences during a single big-water paddle could be considered the kayak fishing version of hockey's Hat Trick: three goals in one game? While answers may vary and many combinations of occurrences are worthy, catching a large fish, releasing a shark at the boat and getting buzzed by a couple of whales in the same day is definitely in the conversation.
Jesse Wright got the party started by managing to haul in a tasty ono (wahoo) in one piece despite the marauding sharks that at one point, are actually making contact with his kayak. In an effort (we hope) to let the sharks know who they were dealing with, he went ahead and tied in to one of them, brought it to the boat and quickly popped it off by cutting the line for a successful release.
His hard-boosting Hawaii style is no surprise; Wright is the 2013 Aquahunters Makahiki Rec Division. He’s in the big leagues now.
After catching his breath, Wright had a pair of bus-sized whales cruise by as close as 40 feet from the back of his 'yak completing the big-water hat trick, or at least one possible variation of it.