4 tactics blue shark fishing

Today, many anglers seek out the blue shark for sport. This is a relentless predatory fish that is a real challenge to catch but this is why so many anglers are attracted to them. They love the challenge of catching and reeling in one of these amazing species. There are even tournaments and contest that you can compete in to find out once and for all who the best blue shark fisherman is.

The blue shark seems to prefer cool water and they’re found throughout the northeastern parts of the US during the warm summer months. They’re the most common around New England and off the coast of Long Island but they can be found as far south as the Carolinas and as far north as Alaska on the Pacific coast. Most of time, blues won’t hunt larger prey but when agitated, they’re some of the most aggressive sharks you’ll ever encounter. This is something that you need to remember when seeking out this species.

Fishing Tactics for Blue Sharks

The blue shark is a strong adversary that shouldn’t be underestimated. You can’t just fish for them like you would other species. You need to be cunning and use strategic moves to entice this creature to bite, set the hook and then get it aboard your vessel. Once hooked, they will become extremely aggressive and you’re in for one heck of a fight.

Here are 4 tactics for blue shark fishing that can help make your fishing trip more productive:

1. Chumming is an excellent tactic to use when fishing for blue shark. It draws them into your area so you don’t have to search for them and they’re highly attracted to this bait. Once they’re within range, all you need to do is entice them to bite, set the hook and reel in your catch.
2. Learn to use shark rigs and you’ll increase the number of bites you can get each time you go fishing. Rigs can be store bought or hand-made, whichever you prefer. As long as you learn how to use them correctly, they will be very effective. The more you practice using them, the better you’ll get at it.
3. Place your lines at different distances when fishing for the blue shark. Place one near the side of the boat, one about fifty yards from the boat and another about seventy-five yards away. Use different baits on all of them and this will increase the odds getting more bites.
4. Invest in a harness and use it to help lift the blue shark onboard the boat. This tool will help you deal with the fight this fish puts up and it can help to reduce the amount of fatigue you encounter after the struggle. It just makes it easier and gives you more of a fighting chance especially when you go up against one of the larger blue sharks.

It’s important to remember that sometimes, it takes awhile before you’ll start getting any bites when fishing for the blue shark. You have to be prepared for the slow days and not get discouraged when you return home empty handed. The excitement you enjoy when you do get bites and reel in a nice catch will more than make up for the times you don’t, if you have patience. This is one species that won’t strike if they’re not in the mood and it’s very difficult to get them to.

The best time to go blue shark fishing is spring and fall when the water is cool. This is when they’re the most active and respond the best. They can be caught during other seasons too but it’s more difficult and requires even more patients.

When fishing for the blue shark, you’re going to need a heavy-duty good quality rod and reel. Anything less will not hold up to the struggle of this species. Reels that hold at least four hundred yards of test line is recommended and the braided line seems to hold up the best.

The blue shark is an amazing creature and catching one will surely be an experience you’ll never forget.Nevertheless, seeking them out can be dangerous so you must have respect for both the shark and the waters in which they live.

Always go out with a crew and someone onboard should have experience fishing for sharks and boating in the ocean. The sea can be a dangerous place even for an experienced boater and it should never be underestimated.

When you take the time to put together a good crew, gather all the necessary equipment and double check to make sure everything is in good condition and ready for the trip, fishing for the blue shark can be a fun and exciting adventure that you’ll always remember. You’ll want to take along a camera so you’ll have pictures to back up your fishing stories when you’re telling your friends about the fishing adventure of a lifetime.

Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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