Black Pearl skipper Ricky Perez was scanning the horizon at Pyramid Cove, San Clemente Island on Saturday morning, keeping a close on the dozen kayakers he had ferried over to the Island the night before.
Perez had become concerned as three members of his flock had stayed out to sea; about a mile from the island.
“There’s no reason to be out there,” thought Perez as he tried in vain to contact the threesome on channel 71 by VHF radio.
“They’re not answering,” said Perez. “Something is up.”
Perez launched the Black Pearl’s 10 foot zodiac and headed in the direction of the wayward kayakers. “What’s up,” cried Perez from a distance. “There is nothing to catch out here.”
Perez then noticed Anthony Pinner’s rod bent over with something very big on the other end of the line towing him out to sea. “He was on Mr. Toads Wild Ride and there was no getting off,” said Perez.
By the force of the creature at the other end of Pinner’s line, Perez told the angler he was hooked to one of three things. “You either have a thresher shark, a mako shark, or a giant black seabass,” said Perez.