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How To Fish For Sharks

May 15, 2008
Apparently, the 80s movie Jaws did not deter many people from the waters and fishing for sharks. Shark fishing is definitely in the extreme sports section for the category of fishing. If you are willing to take on this extreme fishing trip, be aware of the following basic information for shark fishing.

June is the season for shark fishing if you want to catch yourself a winner. The temperature is perfect because it is not boiling hot, there is a very low likelihood of rain, and there are not cold temperatures. Sharks tend to be in the cooler regions of the water during the hotter months so keep that in mind while shark fishing.

Shark fishing means preparation. You should write yourself a checklist before you go and do a thorough internet research to make sure you are not forgetting anything and to pick up a few new facts about sharks and shark fishing, particularly in the area that you are going to be fishing in. You should remember the following things to bring on your trip: you will need fishing rods with reels that should be able to handle 300 fish or more, have three to five baits in the water per catch and figure out the ratio of rods, reels and bait.

If you need a good shark fishing rod, a fifty to eighty pound rod is recommended. You will also need safety straps and a harness in case you fall in. If you do not have these, go out and get them now. Also make sure you have your chum and bait since running chum is the best way to snag a shark.

You should also have in mind what type of species of shark you are going to fish for. Depending on the shark, they swim at different levels in the water and also in different temperatures. For attracting and trapping the shark, you will have to tie your farthest bait off the bow rail with a flat line clip. The line should be out of the way and stay in the highest rocket holder on the side of the boat of which you are fishing. You should attach your bait, a weight or balloon onto the line, and have it sink down about eighty feet below the water's surface. The second rod's bait should be set down 20 feet above the last one (sixty feet) while resting on the trolling holder. This line should also be attached to the mid ship with a rubber band. The third line is placed half way down from the last or thirty feet down without a balloon but rather with a free bait. Make sure that the drags are loose and that you will be alerted early by the clicking sound of the reel. A fun hint, is to color code your balloons so you know the distance.

Remember you are not fishing for tiny fish, you are fishing for sharks with attitudes, that act accordingly to their attitudes, making shark fishing a dangerous hobby. Normally the shark will drag the bait a bit before they swallow it while others swim alongside the boat. Make sure the harness is firmly attached to the reel and the boat.

Sharks need to be gaffed and roped by the tail. While catching your shark it is imperative that you have someone helping you and that you use hand wires to attach the shark to the boat. The hand wire should not be wrapped around the hand since you may need to let go of it at any time.

Sharks do not need to be killed. They should only be kept for three reasons: a tournament, for food or as a contender for a world record.
About the Author
Jeff Donaldson is a successful webmaster of www.alaskaflyfishinginfo.com . He provides more information on TFO Fly Fishing , great fishing vacations, and Fly Fishing Colorado on his website.
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