YOU just don't get the same adrenaline rush bull riding as you do fishing for sharks.

Particularly when the shark jumps in your boat and sinks it. That's what happened to 17-year-old former bull rider Dakotah Kramme and Beau Pullen, when the pair had to be rescued by tugboat operators after a fight with a 3m hammerhead off Hay Point in May.

The pair did admit they were a little worried to find themselves treading water in the dark alongside the shark, however, it didn't stop them going out again the next night, and almost every night since.

The pair said it was right on nightfall when they first hooked the hammerhead.

"We were like 'oh yeah', decent shark. We pulled the anchor up and chased him," Dakotah said.

It was during the struggle to land the shark, when it went "nuts" and sent the pair and their gear flying. The tinnie sunk straight down level with the water.

"We've looked at each other and go 'What do we do?'" Dakotah said.

"So we started swimming."

While Beau said his "number one fear was getting eaten", Dakotah said it "wasn't as dramatic as it sounds", particularly as a tugboat crew saved them after about 20 minutes.

"We just got a little bit too much than we bargained for," he said.

The water police found their boat shortly after, washed up at Victor Island.

But the thousands of dollars worth of fishing gear imported from the US, like hooks and reels the size of a dinner plate, was lost.

Usually, the pair said they used a kayak to drop bait about 1000m offshore, before heading back to reel them in from the beach.

The best baits were 'bloody and oily' eels, stingrays and mullet.

"If you want to chase your big tigeries and hammerhead you need two, metre plus eels. Join them together with zip ties," Dakotah said.

"That's going to be 'bon appetite' to a shark."

Once a shark was landed, the boys said they took photos and 'admired how beautiful it was' before sending it back to the ocean.

Beau explained the adrenaline rush came from feeling the power at the other end of the line, and the struggle to bring the shark to shore could last hours.

Other times, the shark got away from them.

"You basically just hang on for dear life. That's the best bit," Dakotah said.

"I reckon there's more adrenaline fighting a shark than hopping on a bull's back. There's nothing like it," he said.

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