There are quite a few species of sharks for anglers to catch in America. Those common to the Gulf of Mexico include the black tip, the Atlantic sharp-nose, the hammer head, and the bonnet head, among others. As each of these species prefers to eat certain foods over others, they can all generally be caught on the same baits. These include mullet, cigar minnows, croakers (small saltwater drum), pin fish, menhaden, squirrel fish, or even sardines and mackerel. Watch out for salt water catfish, though, because they like the same baits as sharks and they have a nasty sting on their fins if one of them pokes you. If you do happen to get stung, some people will rub their hand on the skin of the catfish to eliminate the poison’s affects.
Sharks can be caught from the shore sometimes, but it will be a lot more effective to use a boat to find the hot spots. There are guides that will take you out for a day of fishing for a fee. Make sure to use very heavy duty hooks and, depending on your fishing gear, a leader on your line about 3 feet long, as one swipe of a 10 lb black tip’s tail can slice right through 35 lb test line. You will also need to have a sharp gaff in the boat in case you catch some big ones.
Sharks go ballistic when they get hooked and they don’t stop. They will actually start fighting harder when they get close enough to the boat to see it. They are very fun to catch and the Gulf has plenty of them to offer. One of the best fighting fish in the world, they are also delicious. Shark steaks can be grilled or broiled with lemon juice, olive oil, and some seasoning as the main dish for a wonderful meal!
Fishing for Crappie with Deep Divers and Crank Baits
Crappie Fishing in the Spring