SPEARFISHING VETERAN: Mike Greinke with a yellow lip emperor.
SPEARFISHING VETERAN: Mike Greinke with a yellow lip emperor. Photo Contributed Rokspear

Close encounters for Yeppoon spearfishing veteran

AFTER spearfishing for more than 35 years, Mike Greinke has seen his fair share of sharks.

One of his closest encounters was with a tiger shark off Gladstone.

Mike said at the time he had nothing in his hands and thought he could lose a limb if the shark attacked.

He grabbed a spear and motioned at the shark, which turned and swam away.

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In September, Mike's son was spearfishing off Sloping Island when he caught a red emperor.

Mike said his son saw a shark out wide, but lost sight of it until it came in close and he backed up against some rocks.

Luckily, he was unharmed, but Mike said it wasn't unusual for sharks to be attracted by thrashing fish.

Mike said sharks were more attracted by the vibrations of struggling fish than any blood in the water and were more active in warm climates.

While fishing, Mike said it was vital to get catches out of the water quickly.

He said sharks were "opportunists" and could be attracted by what they considered easy prey.

"A shark attack can happen anywhere," Mike said. "There's no doubt that in the summer time... there's a lot more sharks around and they're fired up. They're just part of the environment out there. In our cooler months, there's usually less sharks about and they're not as active."



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