Catching sharks from the beach can be a challenging and exciting experience for experienced anglers. However, it’s important to be aware that different species of sharks have different size and strength, and it’s important to handle them with care to avoid injury to both the shark and yourself. Here are a few tips on how to catch sharks on the beach:
Choose the right equipment
Catching sharks from the beach requires the use of heavy-duty fishing gear. A 10-ft+ rod with a fast action and a strong reel capable of holding at least 300 yards of line is a good choice. Personally, I use an 11-foot rod. You’ll also need a selection of hooks, weights, and sinkers to help you cast your line further out into the water. It’s also a good idea to use a wire leader to prevent the shark from biting through your line.
Use the right bait
Different species of sharks prefer different types of bait, so it’s important to choose the right bait for the species you’re targeting. Live bait, such as mullet or mackerel, can be effective for catching a variety of sharks.
My preference is cut bait. Cut bait is a chunk of fish with the purpose of leaving a trail of scent in the water. Sharks have great olfactory senses and can sniff out a trail to find your cut bait. Plan Bait dehydrated squid or salted mussels is a great alternative to cut bait. Experiment with different baits to see what works best for the type of shark you’re after.
Find the right spot
Not all beaches are created equal when it comes to shark fishing. Look for areas with deep drop-offs or structures that can attract sharks. It’s also a good idea to fish near schools of baitfish, as sharks often feed on these smaller fish.
Cast your line properly
Proper casting technique is key to successful shark fishing from the beach. Hold the rod with both hands, using your dominant hand to control the reel and your other hand to support the rod. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and point the rod towards your target. To cast, smoothly extend your arm and flick the rod tip upwards to release the line. Practice your casting technique to increase the distance you can cast your line.
Pay attention to the weather
The weather can have a big impact on shark fishing success. Overcast days can be good for fishing, as the clouds provide cover for sharks and make them more likely to feed. Windy conditions can also be good for shark fishing, as they can create waves and currents that attract baitfish. On the other hand, very hot or sunny days can be less productive, as the bright light can make it difficult for sharks to see your bait.
Shark fishing from the beach requires patience. It may take a while to get a bite, and even longer to land a shark. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t catch anything right away – keep trying and you’ll eventually have success.
Practice catch and release
Once you’ve learned how to catch sharks on the beach, consider practicing catch and release to help preserve the local shark population. Carefully remove the hook and gently release the shark back into the water.
By following these tips, you’ll be well on your way to a successful shark fishing trip from the beach. With the right equipment, knowledge of the tides and weather, and a bit of patience, you’ll be able to enjoy the challenging and rewarding experience of shark fishing from the beach. Just remember to handle the shark with care and respect, and to release it back into the water as quickly as possible.