Rodney Atkins Battles A 7-Foot Bull Shark

There were gunshots and there was blood as Rodney Atkins and his son Elijah had a frightening encounter with a 7-foot bull shark, a known maneater, at night off the Florida coast recently.

The “If You’re Going Through Hell” singer recounted his adrenaline-fueled story during an interview this week with Jimmy and Monty of Pittsburgh station Y108.

Rodney and Elijah had joined a guide on a nighttime fishing expedition in the Gulf of Mexico this past spring. At the most, father and son had hoped to catch a yard-long fish.

“We were fishing maybe 200 yards from the shore,” remembers Rodney, “and we caught a 7-and-a-half foot, 400-pound bull shark. I wound up fighting this thing for about two hours.”

When the giant predator finally surfaced into the beam of a search light, Rodney just remembers, “it was crazy. It was bigger than Shaquille O’Neal, man, it was a monster.”

Even the guide “freaked out,” said Rodney.

Rodney found it hard to keep his cool. “The guide’s talking about how, y’know, ‘This is a killer shark, this is a real man-eating shark’… ‘Oh, my God.’ And he pulls out a .22 pistol and starts firing, and blood squirtin’ up in the water. I’m goin’, ‘Oh, my God, what are we doin’ here?'”

There are no photos, and there is no trophy from their epic struggle. And there’s no way they could have brought it in, says Rodney–the boat wasn’t big enough.

“It was a trip, but I’ll never forget it, and I don’t think Elijah will.”

It’s a great story–listen to Rodney Atkins tell it himself on Y108.

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  • lostboysoutdoors

    Reblogged this on Lost Boys Outdoors and commented:
    I’m shocked at how many people have been positively responding to this story. Basically Rodney Atkins takes his boy on a charter fishing trip and they hook into a 7.5 foot bull shark. Instead of using it as a learning moment for his son and releasing the beast safely, they let the captain repeatedly shoot it with a small caliber firearm. Then they cut the line without even trying to harvest the animal.

    So basically they killed a old, noble, reproducing aged, creature just because it was a shark.

    This makes me sick.

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