The Miracle Snook: Broke Off, Attacked By A Shark, Then Swam To Boat!


This was insane!!

Have you ever caught the same fish twice?

I recently did, but I still can’t get over how it happened!

Here’s the quick backstory…

Luke and I were down in the Everglades fishing for monster snook with two of our Insider members, Marcos and Luana (if you haven’t listened to the podcast with Marcos about how they catch these monster snook on fake shrimp then you’ve got to hear this).

I had a nice snook on, but the fish had inhaled my artificial shrimp leaving the leader rubbing against the snook’s sandpaper-like mouth. After a short fight, the fish broke me off.

Seconds later, we saw my snook getting chased towards the shoreline by a big dorsal fin and a massive wake… a big bull shark was trying to get a quick meal of the tired snook!

We didn’t see whether or not the shark actually got her, but a few minutes later we see a snook making a beeline right to the boat.

We had a hunch this might be the same one, so we netted her… and when she got in the boat, we couldn’t believe what she had in her mouth!

Check out the video below.

Miracle Snook [VIDEO]

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I still can’t believe I got my lure back!

Has that ever happened to you?!

I’m also glad that she came back so we were able to get it out of her mouth.

The best news is that we were able to release the snook safely so it finished with a happy ending — what a tough snook!

If you want to learn more about the unconventional way we were targeting these big snook, check out the podcast episode with Marcos where he shared all about it.

What’s your craziest fishing story?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Jeremy Rodgers
3 years ago

Same Bass, three casts in a row, I knew it was the same little dude because he had a rash on his back from something. It was the most absurd fishing experience ever.

James Rahn
3 years ago

Get the heck out of town! Crazy ????????????

William Brown
3 years ago

I caught the same 8 foot bull shark twice, about a week apart. It had my hook and leader from where I cut the leader the week before. Came in with both hooks in the corner of its mouth.

Carl Greiner
3 years ago

Hi Joe !! You are probably out on the water right now. But when you get a chance, I’d like to know your opinion about line. I fish around Rockport, Port Aransas and Corpus Christi. I’m looking for some braided line for my usual speck and red rigs. Should I get 10 lb, 15lb? What do you think.

Mel Crissey
3 years ago

That was 100% amazing.

Tony Elmore
3 years ago

Hey Joe, never caught a snook like that but I did catch a 7.5lb bass with my bare hands in the Winter Haven Chain. I actually thought the fish was dead. It was floating on the surface on its side. I eased up next to it and grabbed it by the mouth and found out that it was still very much alive! I had a couple kids from my church bus with me and of course they thought that was amazing. We took a few pics and sent it on its way. Cool story for the kids to tell.

Curt Johnson
3 years ago

Craziest catch I’ve ever seen! Are you all going start a new course on how to hypnotize fish so that you can catch them without poles or lures? 🙂

Fred Keeler
3 years ago
Reply to  Curt Johnson

Ya, I want in on that course lol

3 years ago

That was incredible. Amazing. Wouldn’t be able to write that skit ever. Keep up the incredible fishing.

john provo
3 years ago

That was awesome!

Michael Coons
3 years ago

Earlier this year I was fishing for tarpon off Pine Island using chunked mullet when I caught a 6 foot nurse shark (I thought it was going to be a Stingray). I let him go after a 20 minute fight only to catch him again as soon as I put out fresh bait. The fight was quick as he was already tired after only 5 minutes. I left the spot only to fish it a couple weeks later and sure enough I caught a 6 foot nurse shark again. I have no proof but I am pretty sure it was the same fish.


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