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Fish Tales

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Oops, he did it again. Local grad Adam Fisk went for another crazy ride in his kayak, courtesy of some serious sea life.

Six years ago, Oviedo-Winter Springs Life caught up with 2010 Oviedo High graduate and Florida Atlantic University alum Adam Fisk to tell the story of his harrowing adventure with a couple of hammerhead sharks.

To recap, then-22-year-old Adam was fishing in his 12-foot kayak off the shores of Palm Beach when he hooked an 11-foot great hammerhead shark. After being pulled three miles out to sea and eight miles up the coast to Lake Worth, the escapade came to an end.

“That was three hours of hanging on and enjoying the ride,” Adam recalls.

A skilled social-media fisherman, Adam recorded much of the journey. His video went viral, capturing more than                      1.5 million views.

Well, believe it or not, it happened again – this time with a much bigger fish that took Adam on a much longer voyage.
It was in January of this year, and Adam had just finished guiding kayak-floating anglers out for a day of fishing at Los Buzos Resort, located on the Pacific side of Panama.

Adam decided to head back out in his personal kayak, accompanied by Robert Field, the resort’s go-to videographer, to see if they could secure some fishing clips for their YouTube channel. Adam ventured to the same spot where he had snared a kayak-fishing-record 450-pound marlin two years before. No one had ever caught marlin in that area except Adam. Then lightning struck twice.

Adam hooked a black marlin, this one tipping the scales at 500 pounds. And this fish was not going down easy, taking Adam on another hours-long ride. Dragged this time for 15 miles for four-and-a-half hours, Adam was eventually able to reel the marlin in enough to count as a catch before releasing the protected fish back into the ocean. Adam knew time was of the essence because marlins will expend so much energy when caught, they sometimes die from exhaustion.

“We hoped for the best, and all the stars aligned,” Adam laughs. “It’s pretty crazy. It’s the best possible thing that could have happened for us that day.”

The Kayak King

Adam’s accomplishments in kayak fishing are substantial. Prior to moving to Panama, he placed regularly in Extreme Kayak Fishing tournaments, and his team placed first in Kayak Wars, the largest online-recorded kayak fishing tournament in the world. Adam holds a slew of game fish records, including the largest mahi-mahi caught from a kayak, and he has landed several dozen sailfish. At only 28 years old, he is so well-known in his field that several of his promotional videos have been consecutively playing for more than four years in Bass Pro Shops throughout the United States.

“It’s my favorite way to fish,” Adam says of his adventurous kayaking style. “Plus, pretty much everything will drag you a little bit in a kayak.”

It was his mother, Deborah, who precipitated Adam’s love for the hobby-turned-career. She bought Adam and his father, Oviedo pediatrician Dr. Tom Fisk, a two-person kayak about 15 years ago, and Adam was immediately hooked. The father-son duo would catch redfish and trout in Mosquito Lagoon and points south. When Adam ventured off to college, he honed his skills in the South Florida waters, which are notorious for sharks.

“There are hundreds of sharks out there,” he says, adding that the adventure now known as the Great Hammerhead Incident back in 2014 had an interesting twist. After reeling in the giant fish and releasing it back into the sea, another shark – a   
scalloped hammerhead – decided to chase Adam as he paddled toward shore.

“I deal with sharks all the time,” Adam says. “I have had them do circles around me and come at me, but not chase me. That scared me a little bit more.”

Adam has been in Panama now for three-and-a-half-years, a country he calls “a very interesting place.” The 2014 graduate of Florida Atlantic University serves as manager of operations and lead kayak fishing guide at the Los Buzos Resort, which caters to 250-300 clients a year. Of course, Adam also takes the lead with social media.

“It’s pretty cool what we get to do here,” he says.

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