You never know what’s in the deep blue. For that matter, you never know what’s in the not-so-deep blue. One pier angler found out this past spring.
One sightseer in Naples, Florida captured this great video of a pier fisherman reeling in a huge sawfish and sent it to the Naples Daily News. The fish was so big that it took numerous men to physically pull it ashore in order to release the hook from it’s mouth.
Sawfish, also known as carpenter sharks, are actually more closely related to rays. They are also on the endangered species list and live only in the waters around Florida.
Finding a sawfish in the shallow waters near a pier isn’t unusual, but is a bit off-putting when you think about swimming with something that has a saw on its nose.
Sawfish can grow up to 23 feet and weigh as much as 700 pounds. The adults tend to stay in the more shallow waters around Florida in the spring and are even found in brackish water of major streams.