Im here in the hospital with my son, Nicholas, who was bitten by a bull shark on Thursday evening. We were finishing off a perfect day with full limits of trout in the morning by taking the family and friends to Sunday Beach for an afternoon of relaxation and fun in the sun. As usual, the kids wanted to go play in the surf, so my friend, his three kids and me with my two youngest went across the island to the surf. I stuck back in the first gut with my 10 year old daughter while my friend took the older kids out to the sand bar to try and catch some waves body surfing. The surf was pretty calm so they didn't have any luck and were standing around when Nicholas was grabbed by the shark , which tried to shake his foot loose from his leg. My friend caught Nicholas and pulled him back away from the attack and immediately headed to shore with him, all 150 lbs, in his arms. I turned around to see all the commotion and to my horror saw my sons severed foot. We immediately headed back across the island and into Capt. Whites Shoalwater with a 300 hp that got us 7 miles back to the fishing center in about 8 minutes. They careflighted Nicholas to Houston Children's Hospital, while me and his mother drove the 150 miles here, the longest and scariest ride a parent can make. Nicholas has had two surgeries so far and three more are scheduled to put his foot back together. His mother and I are just grateful that he is here with us!
Nicholas is one of the best fishermen i know, he often out fishes most of the adults that go with us. He is always careful to wear his ray guards while we are wading, and always keeps his stringer away from him. He has lost a lot of fish to black tips who want his fish more then him! Every time we go flounder gigging, he takes his bow to shoot sheephead while we gig flounder. He has even been finned in the leg when I threw a sheephead in the boat and it came off the gaff. He has fell and cut his hands on oysters, been stuck with a hard head, and stuck by a hook. all the things an avid fisherman has endured through out his fishing experiences. He even has been sea sick after battling a big amberjack, he said that he just got to hot,ha ha…..He is one tough kid.
I just wanted to share this with everyone to let you all know that anything , even a 1 in 11 million shark attack can happen.
Hug your kids today and tell them you love them.
P.S. He cant wait to get back on the water!