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Scotland waterman John “Willy” Dean caught two bull sharks Tuesday morning in the lower Potomac River.
Dean left the boat launch at Point Lookout State Park Tuesday morning with his son Greg Dean and Rich Richie to check on a pound net off Cornfield Harbor. A Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist was aboard as well, on a routine trip to measure fish species caught in the net.
They discovered the first shark at 6:30 a.m. and found another swimming in the pound net enclosure at the same time. They pulled out the first shark, which was already dead, and the other fish in the net. They went back later at 11 a.m. to pull up the other shark, which was dispatched on board.
Willy Dean iced down the two bull sharks in a backyard walk-in cooler and intends to give them over for scientific research.
Both sharks were male, weighing about 220 pounds each, Greg Dean said. One was 8 feet long, the other 8 feet, 3 inches, he said.
This was not Willy dean’s first encounter with a shark. Almost three years ago, on Sept. 1, 2010, he caught a bull shark in a pound net. Another waterman caught a second bull shark that same day in another pound net just up the Potomac.
The shark “Willy” Dean caught three years ago was about 300 pounds.
All three sharks Dean caught were in the same location. “They just happened to go in there,” he said. “I don’t know why they go in there.”
His son Greg called it “scary. They’re the most aggressive sharks. They have the most testosterone. It’s a very dangerous shark and they were caught down at the swim area” off Point Lookout State Park.
“What concerns me is they’re so close to that swim area, “ his father said. “I would say there’s more around. They don’t travel alone.”
“So much for skinny dipping. If the snakeheads don’t get you, the sharks will,” he joked.