Shark fishing growing in popularity after recent attacks

Published: Jul. 3, 2015 at 8:51 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2016 at 2:11 AM EDT
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ATLANTIC BEACH, NC (WBTV) - A lot of people are on edge on the Carolina coast this weekend. Along with the big Fourth of July crowds, there is a continued fear of shark attacks.

Experts say the recent attacks are the result of a combination of factors, but still say the chance of someone getting bit is remote. While most at the coast don't want to see a shark, there are others seeking them out.

There has always been a fascination about sharks, be it the fossil of a giant, a fake display in front of a store, or just checking out some real shark teeth. But there's a lot more interest in fishing for sharks these days.

Several times a week as sun goes down, Captain Maurice Davis takes people out fishing for sharks at Atlantic Beach.

"They want to see what the deal is," the captain says.

He says he's seeing more sharks, and he's not surprised by the increase in attacks.

"[There's] a lot of people out there these days. You're going to run into them, someone's gonna get it," Davis told WBTV.

His customers just want to catch one - maybe a big one - but it was going slow Friday. Still, they said they were having fun.

One guy did hook a decent one. It took a few minutes to bring the lemon shark in. Another customer caught a smaller one, but even little ones can do damage - there's plenty of teeth in there.

Captain Davis says he has seen some great white sharks off the coast. He says a few have even been tracked into the intercoastal waterways at times.

"Yes," he says, "There are some big sharks out there."

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