Ten Shark Fishing Tips
Millions of anglers - the vast majority worldwide - never get close to a shark. Coastal anglers certainly do, and all of us have a shark story or two having been weaned on Florida's Gulf Coast. But the largemouth bass tournament doesn't have a shark category, and they do not eat half of a bluegill as you battle it to the surface. Trout streams are safe from their ravaging jaws, and you do not need special equipment in West Virginia to keep the fish on the wire. There is no wire at the tackle shops, come to think of it.
But there is an angler, whose big boats, bottom finders, bloody chum and bloodier decks, or guys and girls rolling beach and bridge tackle shops on fluffy wheels - know wire, know seasons and know how the smell of blood is in the target's genes. They know shark. Their combined knowledge could fill a library, and we have some of the best on the rod-side of shark wars helping our readers with these tips about catching the grey-skinned and white-toothed species.
Here are ten tips for catching shark. There will be 5 tips for shark fishing from the beach (my favorite) and 5 tips for shark fishing from a boat.
5 Shark Fishing Tips from the Beach
- Start small! Everyone wants to catch a monster shark but few minds think past that! They don't have experience to properlly handle that shark on the beach. That is how you or others will get hurt or you may end up injuring the shark or killing it. So start small get comfortable then begin to hunt for the big one!
- Be patient. Fishing for sharks on the beach can be a waiting game. Some days you will wait 8 hours and not get any, while other days it seems like you dropped the bait on the sharks head. Just be patient put your time in and you will land some sharks.
- Evenings seem to always be a little more productive. 1-2 hours before sunset and 1-2 hours after seem to be some good times for me. Sharks get more active at night and start to feed a little more. It's the perfect time to be soaking some bait!
- Take care of your gear. I can't even stress this enough. I have lost a few sharks because I didn't feel like changing line or checking my rigs. If you know your line is banged up change it! You never know when the big shark is going to be there.
- Fish moving tides. Moving tides are always the best. When the tides are moving the fish on the sandbar are pushed around and makes them more vaulnerable. Sharks know this and come in for an easy snack.
5 Shark Fishing Tips from a Boat
- An evening full moon is a great time to shark fish! Full moons bring big tides. Big tides bring more water flow. More water flow means more fish being pushed around. Which summed up allows sharks to hunt easier and more efficently.
- When fishing the flats, fish an outgoing tide! With an outgoing tide it flushes all the fish off the flat and into that deeper channel/cut that you should be fishing. Sharks will be in there feeding like crazy!
- Chum Chum CHUM!!! Need I say more?
- Late Spring and Early summer is a great time to shark fish, some of the best! The water temps are warm but not too warm yet and sharks are just active and feeding and getting ready to give birth. 72-76 degrees are ideal tempatures.
- BE SAFE! If it comes down to your fingers or the shark swimming off with a new lip ring.. let the shark have some bling bling for a while! Hooks rust out in a week MAYBE 2. Point is the shark WILL survive and be just fine.
This list of tips will be updated as time allows other experienced shark anglers to tell us what we forgot to include. Like every species chased by recreational anglers, one fisher's bait is another's lunch, and the sheer number of different species of shark means that somebody catching mako in Long Island fishes differently -- and with a different approach (especially seasonally) -- than we do when targeting big bull shark near Tampa Bay's Skyway bridge, or offshore on a 200' deep reef.
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