CALDWELL COUNTY, NC – A local paramedic had quite a fish story to tell after coiling up a huge hammerhead shark at a popular North Carolina beach.
Blake Cochran told Channel 9’s Dave Faherty that he enjoys being a paramedic in Caldwell County, but his passion is fishing along the North Carolina coast.
Cochran shared with Channel 9 a video of him spinning a 13-foot hammerhead shark on the beach at North Topsail.
“I knew it was something important,” Cochran said. “The biggest shark I’ve caught so far was about 4 feet tall, and this one, when I pulled it, was crazy.”
Cochran said he and a few friends fish once a month along the North Carolina coast, where they try to catch sharks or red drums. He showed Dave the big bait he uses and the kayak he paddles to take him 400 yards out to sea.
The day he hooked the hammerhead shark there was a storm just off the coast.
“It’s almost like cat fishing from the beach,” Cochran said. “It’s kind of like what it is. You sit down and wait after you take out your bait, and all of a sudden that reel started screaming. It was like being hung up on a car.
Cochran said he knew when he saw the dorsal fin that it was a hammerhead shark. The shark was 13 feet 6 inches long and weighed between 500 and 700 pounds.
The paramedic posed for a quick photo, then the group worked quickly to get the huge fish back into the ocean.
“It was pretty heavy,” Cochran told Channel 9. “It takes two to three people. You walk up to your neck and revive them, then let them go.”
With shark attacks making the news during the summer months, Dave asked Cochran what he thought about going in the water and what he would say to other swimmers.
“When we caught that one a lot of people came over and said, ‘Oh my God, I’m not going to let my kids swim here,'” he said. “There are sharks in the water. It’s the ocean, it’s their home. They won’t bother you unless you bother them.
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