Doing two things at once is not a new concept to Rich Tudor. He co-hosts the popular TV fishing show Saltwater Experience with Tom Rowland, oversees a multi-person guide business, helps manage a production company and attends various functions on behalf of sponsors.
So there stands the accomplished saltwater guru casting soft jerkbaits for Cudas from the front deck, while simultaneously dragging a slab of meat 30-yards behind the boat with intentions of luring in a huge lemon shark.
For Tudor, multitasking involves two different Quantum® rod and reel combos, two very different presentations, two different species, and two opportunities to catch a meat eater with fins.
"Most people talk about going shark fishing with a single-minded approach," says the Marshall University grad and winner of over 50 tournaments. "Most of the time people try to hook a shark by drifting or anchoring. But why not try to chum one in while casting for something else?" challenges Tudor.
He moves along the Key West Flats not with a push-pole but instead 109-pounds of thrust supplied by a MotorGuide® trolling motor. "Use the biggest trolling motor you can possibly afford. So many people make the mistake of under-powering their inshore boats," warns Tudor. And don't cheat, and try to use the outboard instead.
Multitasking does have its stressful moments. Good news though, exercise helps kill stress. And when Tudor jumps from his Cuda casting perch on the front deck, and high-steps toward the transom to grab a Size #80 Quantum Boca PTs reel with a big Lemon shark on the other end of it – endorphins erase all points of concern.
Tudor relies on 50-pound braided line; a 4' long, 50-pound fluorocarbon leader and a 7/0 hook to keep the beast buttoned-up. The slab of barracuda Tudor used as bait disappears between the bite and the fight, but the scent created by the chum continues to float across The Flats. More sharks are seen swimming through the neighborhood while Tudor cranks this one in as the reel’s exclusive ceramic drag system resists the lemon’s heated runs.
Once landed, the thrashing tail whips of the large lemon shark on the front deck boldly illustrate the multitasker's success. He's achieved his goal of trying to catch something 6' long at the same he was casting for something 3' long. And suddenly, doing two things at once seems like a pretty cool idea.