A Charlotte family’s chartered fishing expedition off the coast of South Carolina “hit the shark jackpot” last week by hooking three sharks in one morning, including one that “took a bite out of the boat.”
Brad Perrigo and his teenage son Buchanan caught the trio of sand tiger sharks Wednesday, five miles off Hilton Head. The sharks ranged in size from 6 to 8.5 feet.
It happened on a boat chartered through Outcast Sport Fishing, which posted photos on Facebook and Instagram. All three sharks were released back into the ocean.
“The first one was so big, it was like pulling up a mini-submarine,” said Brad Perrigo, who handles business development for a Charlotte company. “And tiger sharks have such a mouth full of crazy teeth, it’s like you are looking at something from the prehistoric era. It was a monster.”
He added that one of the sharks “took a bite out of the side of the boat” with such force that its teeth went through the gel coat hull liner down to the aluminum. “I was glad I was in the boat,” he said.
Two of the three sharks were caught by 15-year-old Buchanan “Cannonball” Perrigo, a Charlotte Latin student who competed at the state level in wrestling this past year. “It was only his second time he’d done an off-shore excursion,” said his father.
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