Fishing for sharks

Courtesy of Becky Hammon

Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon says when she isn't on the court she is likely on the water.

Outside of basketball, most of my favorite activities are outdoors and around water. Whenever I get a little downtime in San Antonio, I can usually be found outside by the pool, but most of my other favorite activities tend to be water related.

I grew up on and around the water on the lakes in South Dakota. Fishing and hunting are both pretty popular activities in South Dakota, so I started fishing with my family when I was very young. That branched into deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and diving for lobster on vacations to Florida. We typically go deep-sea fishing for different types of tuna and dolphin fish, but I also go shark fishing, which people seem to find the most interesting.

I caught my first shark when I was 14 years old. The biggest shark I’ve ever caught was a bull shark that was about 9 feet long. The best time for shark fishing is usually at night, when the sharks are more active. For me, shark fishing is all about the catch though; you spend about an hour or so reeling it in, pet it and then send it back into the water.

Throughout the years I’ve actually had the opportunity to introduce some of my teammates to deep-sea and shark fishing. I once had Ruth Riley out on a boat fishing for sharks and Shameka Christon recently joined me and my family for a vacation in the Florida Keys where she had the opportunity to reel in a shark.

So if you’re looking for me and I’m not on the basketball court, your best bet it to hire a boat and head out on the water.