If you ever find yourself pulling in a hand-deployed longline in murky water and the line gets heavy all of a sudden, the best thing to do is not to get on your knees and pull as hard as you can while leaning slightly overboard. Even though you might think the line is merely caught on something, you may have actually hooked a six foot blacktip shark that isn’t moving very much. While trying to untangle the line, you may inadvertently launch a six foot blacktip shark towards your face… teeth-first.
Here is what this oopsie might look like. Just change the small sandbar shark with a six foot blacktip in your head.