Fishing for coastal sharks is not all that difficult. Of course, you need much heavier gear than you normally use.
Many anglers tend to use heavy-duty reels and heavy shark or tuna fish rods. The line used varies from thirty to fifty to one-hundred pound test line. The best to use is the one-hundred pound test, but generally the fifty pound test works fine. The sharks caught the most are Blue sharks, and some Makos. Most angler don’t like to catch Blue sharks, because the Blues aren’t as acrobatic as the Makos. The Blue sharks reach enormous sizes though. Some of these monsters reach near twelve feet. Catching big sharks is an extraordinary experience. Some anglers will testify that the Blues give a great fight, but no matter what the species you’re catching is, it will be fun. Catching WHOPPER sharks is a must do in your lifetime.
Chum setting is an important technique. Make sure you have applied a good chum slick to the water. This chum setting is similar to that when fishing for flounder, but a whole lot more chum. Two different kinds of chum are Bunker chum, which is ground up Bunker in a can frozen. It is very oily, and sets a magnificent slick. The other type of chum is Mackerel this produces the same effect as Bunker chum. You’ll need a chum bag or put holes in the tin can to let the chum leak out. BEWARE!!! Sharks will sometimes attack the bags or cans while chumming. Also, a plastic milk crate will work incredibly well, just put the chum in the crate. This will give you immediate strikes almost. The sharks appear much sooner when chumming with this style. Often, sharks will swim up right beside the boat through the slick of chum. Be sure to wear polarized sunglasses while fishing. These will protect your eyes from the UV rays of the sun, and decrease the glare so you can see into the water. The best brand of polarized sunglasses is Ocean Wave.
For successful shark fishing you will need to use a variety of baits. The best baits to use are: whole Bluefish (LIVE), Bluefish fillets, Mackerel, Mackerel fillets, and Tuna fillets. They are different line rigs for different baits. So, you will need a heavy leader ten to fifteen feet in length, one-hundred pound monofilament, and hooks from sizes 6/0 to 10/0. Also, an important piece of equipment is your bobber. The color should be either red, white, or pink, because these are easy to see on the water. You should use at least three fishing rods. One of the lines should be out fifty yards, another should be out about seventy-five yards, and you need to keep one in close for the sharks that attack the chum bag. That’s it the shark fishing basics have been covered. Now, you need to begin drifting, and stay in the southern wind. Reason being is that the boat drifts towards the shore, which is good in case you need to get back urgently. While drifting keep your drag turned off, but have the clicker on. This will warn you when a shark begins to strike. When shark strikes hook them quick, because sharks will sometimes spit out the bait. Also, you should set the hook at least three times to ensure a good hook up.
Sharks are normally off shore, but some come in close to the beach. Some anglers may say that the bigger sharks are caught in canyons. While others tend to fish old wrecks, but it’s this simple sharks follow the bait, so, wherever it is more than likely they are too. The best fishing is usually around fifteen to twenty miles off shore in one-hundred and thirty feet to one-hundred and eighty feet water depth. Most of the time Blue sharks are caught. They are fun to catch, but aren’t edible. Mako sharks on the other hand are very seldom caught, but very, very fun to catch, and they are great eating, too.