How to Catch Sharks
Shark fishing is generally described as hours of boredom spliced with minutes of absolute mayhem, especially when mako fishing. A general sharking set up starts with looking for water in the 64- to 73-degree range, and bringing plenty of bunker or mackerel chum, ladled into the waters to get a chum slick going to attract sharks. Gear is heavy duty, mainly 50 to 80 class rod and reel set ups, spooled with 80-pound running line and 300-pound leader with wire leader and 12/0 to 14/0 shark hooks. Three lines are the basic set up in a 30/60/90 rule – a close line at 30 feet out 30 feet down, and two others at 60 feet and 90 feet. Whole mackerel, bluefish fillets, or logilo squid are usual baits for Northeast makos, sometimes, but not always adorned with rattles, flashy skirts or other attractants and sent back.