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“I did something I shouldn’t have done,” Stigall said. “I hooked what I thought was a Spanish mackerel, but as I reeled him in, I said oh my gosh, that’s a dad gum shark.”
But that was not all Stigall said and Neptune noticed.
“People eat shark, and I told my buddy before I got bit, i'm going to eat this guy.’ I think the shark told his buddy the same thing,” Stigall said.
“It was an experience. It was a good lesson.
I hope people will learn not to handle a shark. It sounds obvious, but when you’re doing the fishing thing, and you handle a lot of fish, you tend to handle them all the same way. A shark just has a different mentality, I guess.
“I think I was more shocked than anything. I think I couldn't believe he just turned around bit me.”
Stigall and his buddy, John Mezak had been handling a lot of fish during their week-long fishing trip.
Conditions, he said, had been perfect: beautiful clear water, lots of fish — well over a hundred.
“I had fished for five straight days. The
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weather was perfect,” Stigall said.
At dawn Friday, Stigall and Mezak moved further out from the island, to the third sandbar. Inexplicably, despite the great conditions and the heavy action they had been experiencing, the fishing was quiet. Stigall thinks now that maybe the shark or sharks and driven the game fish away. He is not sure.
Officials in Galveston report only one documented shark bite in 22 years. Stigall K JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
points out that he still regards stigall held up his hands to display the approximate length Galveston as safe, and he 0f tj-,e shark that bit him on his right thigh in Galveston, thinks everyone else should,
too. “I have a concern because we love Galve- water and fish like climbing back on a
ston so much. I don’t want in any way for peo- bicycle after you fall off And that is what he
pie to think they shouldn’t go. I just did some- an^ Mezak did, he said, thing I shouldn’t have.” “I had to get a tetanus shot, but I went right
Stigall said it seemed to him like the only back out there. I thought saltwater would clean
thing to do afterward was to go back out in the it out pretty good,” Stigall said.
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