Isaac Brumaghim said that when the huge shark breached during an attack on the fish he was fighting, he could hear its jaws chomping together.
The ocean erupted behind his kayak Sunday off western Oahu as the shark, presumed by Brumaghim to be a tiger or Galapagos, tried to make a meal of a kawakawa (a type of tuna) that he had hooked.
What the footage does not show, however, is that after the kawakawa had shaken free of the hook, the shark devoured the fish and swam in a circle around Brumaghim."It was as if the shark was taunting me," he said. "It gave me the heebie-jeebies."
Brumaghim, 37, is a Penn-sponsored angler and director of Aquahunters, a club for serious kayak fishermen. He and a friend were the only anglers in the vicinity on Tuesday, trying bolster their standing in a season-long competition that awards points depending on the types and weights of fish caught.
The friend did not see the breaching shark because he had been battling a smaller shark at the time.
"And I had already lost another fish to a shark," Brumaghim said. "There were lots of sharks around that day."
Typically, the Aquahunters target big game, such as mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna (ahi) and wahoo (ono).
--Hat tip to Canoe & Kayak