Five Shark Fishing Tips

Reel selection is a very important concern as well.  A large shark can easily rip off hundreds of yards of line from a reel. I therefore use the following setup.

1)     An extremely large open faced spinning reel with a bait feeder lever.  I look for as large a reel as I can find under two hundred dollars.
2)     I like to spool my reels with power pro line in the fifty pound test strength.  This accomplished a couple objectives.  This line has a very small diameter is relation to its strength.  Sure it costs a great deal of money but in the long run it is worth the price.  In addition to allowing you to put more line on your reel it also does not stretch which allows you more control over the fish.
3)     You absolutely need a drag on your reel that is off the highest quality and is smoothly operating at all times.

Sharks are best caught when light levels are low but not necessarily only while it is dark.  You can of course catch sharks all throughout the day but it is my experience the best time to fish for sharks is the period two hours before sunset to two hours after sunset.

Big bait will catch big sharks, if your primary objective is to catch a very large shark then you should use very large bait that will not be pecked at by smaller species of sharks and other fish you are not interested in catching,  Crevalle Jacks and Barracuda are excellent bait due to the oily properties of their skin.  The Barracuda is a natural enemy of the shark and probably the best bait one can use for large sharks.  Many fishermen when angling for sharks will hand a cut open Barracuda carcass over the side of the boat, pier or seawall they are fishing from in an effort to attract large sharks to their location.

It goes without saying that you must be very careful when handling a shark of considerable size.  Cutting the line is always a wise choice when in doubt of your ability to handle a fish safely.  If you do bring one to shore remember to wear protective gloves and to never consider a fish to be dead and harmless.  Many fishermen have gotten wounded handling fish they thought were dead carelessly.

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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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