Every fisherman has a fishing tale. But this story is no tale. A chilling video clip shows an avid fisherman’s close encounter with a 9-foot shark about two miles off Oahu’s Leeward Coast.
Isaac Brumaghim and a buddy were fishing out on their kayaks on Sunday when the memorable moment occurred.
Brumaghim was excited about his third strike of the day. A large kawakawa had taken his live bait and he was focused on reeling in his catch.
“I was reeling in the kawakawa and at the last moment I could see right behind that there was something big and green. And I was kind wondering like what was going on there,” Brumaghim said. “And it happened so fast. Next thing you know the kawa took off again and then the shark splashed and that’s when I realized that there was a shark trying to get the kawakawa.”
He believes it was a Galapagos shark. It took a few seconds for things to sink in.
“That’s when everything registered right there, what had happened. I had to play it back in my mind for a moment and it took a while for me to react to it and once I realized a shark jumped, it came back under. I almost put my hands in to grab the fish. The shark came back and ate it, could have took my hands off been worse or something and then I realized ‘Wow, that’s what just went down,’” Brumaghim said.
He says the shark was in the area all day.
“He was around all day the shark had been day,” Brumaghim said.
Brumaghim mounts his GoPro camera on the same spot of his kayak every time he goes fishing, which is about three times a week. He was hoping the camera had captured the entire moment.
“I had no idea going home that day. I just was playing in my head, ‘Wow, if I have this on my GoPro camera this is going to be pretty amazing.’ We ended up seeing it and I said ‘Oh my, this is going to get pretty crazy,’” Brumaghim said.
The video is quickly going viral.
“Everything else is just a story of mine and this is what happened. And I always get the question from everybody, ‘Do you see sharks, what do you do when you a see a shark? How do your react?’ Finally, I get to explain to everybody what goes down when a situation like this occurs. It’s all over the place right now and it’s amazing,” Brumaghim said.
Like a true fisherman, moments after the shark took his kawakawa, Brumaghim dropped his line and landed another one.
Watch the raw video below.