Fishing is like weightlifting, someone always wants to know "how much you can lift". When it comes to pumping iron, most people want to know how much you can bench as it is somehow seen as the gold standard of strength training and the one that causes the most excitement and generates the most buzz. When it comes to fishing, well the options are a little more open and we mean a little because when it comes to causing excitement and generating a buzz, few fish if any cause more commotion than sharks. So, with this in mind, let's start off talking about Delaware State Record Holding Fish with sharks.
Getting right to the point, the biggest sharks ever caught and weighed in Delaware weighed 825 lbs. & 975lbs. The 825 record is just listed as a "shark" while the 975 is billed as a Mako. For those of you keeping track, the eight and a quarter shark was caught in 1981 while the Mako was landed in 2000. In any case, both fairly good sized sharks and both food for thought. At least to us.
As we thought more about it, we got to thinking about the fact that these records are for caught and weighed sharks, not the ones that got away or the ones who never took the bait int the first place. That got us thinking more about the other possibilities this presents. Here's what I mean. Just about all of us over hear at Outdoor Fishing are old enough to remember JAWS when it was a blockbuster movie and the ones that think twice about a late night skinny dip in the ocean after they watch it. We say this because we all got to wondering what else could be out there just off the Delaware Coast line- or even closer. This all kind of made some of us laugh too because we remember our parents, relatives or other "adult" assuring us that there wasn't anything like that in Delaware. not just something that big, but not even that kind of shark. Put another way, NO Great Whites 'round these parts. We know now they were just trying to make us feel better. If they weren't then we know now they were just plain wrong.
Why? Because it's common knowledge now that a wide variety of sharks inhabit Delaware's coastal and regional waters including two of the more menacing: the Bull Shark & the Great White. Moreover, it seems to be more than rumor and speculation that bulls patrol the waterway all along the canal that leads from Lewes into the Broadkill River and that "Whites" regularly stop by on their regular migratory paths. There has even been talk of two of them that made the watery alcove near the University of Delaware's research facility home for a couple weeks. Then there's the 17 footer that supposedly runs between Delaware and New Jersey on occasion.
Is any of this true, at least the tales of the bigger ones roaming around our way? I'm not sure. But I do think that both of those State of Delaware shark records are getting old. Who knows, maybe the next one to break either of them won't have to go too far out to do it.
By the way, if you want to have a look at other fishing records for Delaware, just have a look here.