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South Carolina Angler Fails to Land First Redfish—Because of a Great White!

The Charlotte Observer

A great white foils the first redfish of this angler’s life.

Andrew Nelson was only on his second ocean fishing trip off South Carolina when he reeled in his first-ever bull red drum.

Unfortunately, Nelson didn’t get to land the redfish he was after, because a great white shark decided to eat it for breakfast near the stern of the boat.

“My first redfish, eaten by a great white,” Nelson told the Charlotte Observer. “That’s hard to top. At least 3/4 of his body came out of the water. You don’t see that every day. We saw the face, the teeth, the jaws. It was an amazing experience, something I’ll never forget.”

Nelson was fishing with two other South Carolinians on Nov. 13 with Aces Up fishing out of Murrells Inlet.

Capt. Jay Sconyers anchored up less than a mile off Surfside Beach in about 25 feet of water. He then put chunks of cut bait on Carolina rigs on the bottom of the ocean.

Just 10 minutes later, Nelson was reeling in his first redfish. Just as Sconyers was about to net the catch, the shark leapt up and swallowed the fish.

Sconyers estimates that the redfish was about a 30-pounder and the shark was about 10-feet long.

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South Carolina Angler Fails to Land First Redfish—Because of a Great White!