What to Know Before You Go Shark Fishing

A shark is reeled in from the waterFishing is a rewarding experience that millions of people look forward to each year. Shark fishing is one of the more exciting and challenging ways to spend a day out on the water.

Here in Maine, we’re visited in the summer and early fall by eight different species of shark, some of which can grow to 20 feet long and more than 1,000 pounds. It’s not quite the same thing as reeling in herring and cod, so it’s important to be prepared before you set out. Here are some ways to be ready for your sharking fishing adventure.

Make Sure You Have the Right Bait

Large adult sharks aren’t going to be attracted to the small amount of bait you’d use to catch smaller fish. You’re likely going to need to use whole fish such as Bluefish or Mackerel You might also consider building a chum line to lure sharks to your boat before hooking them.

Ensure You’re Properly Equipped

If you plan to catch a shark, you’re going to have to use larger equipment than you would for a regular fishing outing. This means at least a size 8000 reel and a six-foot rod, but this will depend on the size of the shark you are after.

Plan For the Catch (and Release)

You’ve lured a shark, hooked it and reeled it in, now what? It’s important to be careful – this likely isn’t an animal to be taken lightly. It’s important that everyone knows what they’re doing ahead of time so that there are no unnecessary injuries. If you are going to release the shark back into the water, plan for the safest way to do that as well.

Consider a Guided Trip

If you’re new to shark fishing, it’s not a bad idea to consider a guided trip to learn from professionals before you set off on your own. This will allow you to get hands-on experience from those in the know, ensuring you’re that much more prepared for your own trip.

If you’re considering a guided shark fishing trip here in Maine, Morning Flight Charters is the way to go. This eight-hour charter will allow you the chance to catch sharks from the four major species in Maine. Call 207-831-2426 to schedule your trip today.