Where is the best shark fishing?

I’d really like to try shark fishing. Can you tell me where the best shark fishing is in the United States?

While there is some good shark fishing in the United States, the best locations really depend on the species you want fish.  The blue shark, for example is usually found in the northeast during the summer and are especially prevalent on the coast of Long Island and New England. They can, however, move as far south as the Carolinas and are good fishing on the Point of Conception in Southern California.  They do prefer cool water and can often be found following shrimp and whaling boats. It’s a good idea to keep in mind that the Blue Shark is also the most aggressive and will attack humans if provoked.  The Mako Shark is another species that is popular with fishermen but really shouldn’t be a target unless you’re an experienced angler.  This species moves through warm and tropical waters in both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans.  They have been spotted in the Gulf of California as well as the Gulf of Mexico.  The shortfin Mako will hunt inshore and are often caught by charters.  The Mako is one of the most dangerous sharks and have been known to ram or even attempt to leap into fishing boats.  Tiger sharks can often be found in Southern California, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and have occasionally turned up on the Northeastern and Pacific Northwestern coasts in midsummer.  A popular game fish, Tiger sharks have attacked dozens of swimmers on the Florida coast.  When fishing any type of shark, you’ll always want to make sure that they either dead or completely exhausted before bringing them on board. 

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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