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Shark Fishing Tips & Information
Blue Shark Fishing
Shark fishing for Blue sharks is most successful in the
northeast of the United States, off the coasts all New England and Long
Island, NY. These fish prefer cooler waters, however, even when the
water temperatures are in the mid 70's (F), shark fishing for this
species can be constant action.
Blue sharks show up while shark fishing further south as well,
on the Atlantic coast, and range as far south as Georgia.
There is also a western ocean subspecies, the Pacific Blue
shark. You can catch these while shark fishing all the way from way
up north in Alaska, back down south to the South American waters
off of Chile.
Blue sharks are primarily fish hunters, as well as scavengers.
You can be successful shark fishing for them when around commercial
fishing trawlers and seiners. In the northeast Atlantic, the
primary forage for the Blue shark is bluefish, and a fresh bluefish
fillet is an ideal bait for these creatures.
While shark fishing for the Blue is not usually a primary target
for most shark fishermen, they can, and do, provide a day of steady
action when they show up. You may feel like you are
in a National Geographic special on shark fishing if they show up,
as it is not uncommon for their initially to be one or two, and
then there be a dozen or more, bumping and mouthing your chum pot,
paralleling your boat, and taking each bait you put
in the water, before your rig is ever fully set.
Most of the time while shark fishing and catching Blue sharks,
the shark fisherman will release all of the Blue sharks hooked. There is a very common, and untrue, myth out
there that the meat of a Blue shark is inedible due to its' Urea
content. While it is true, all sharks expel Urea through their skin
(including the ever so tasty Mako and Thresher sharks), some
retain more of this in their flesh than others. The Blue shark can result in a rather pleasant tasting meat for
your table. If this is your wish, take a smaller fish, which is
younger, gut it and ice it down while on the water (if possible). The consistency of the meat is softer than other other
sharks, but it is white as can be, and more than simply
palatable. In the end, shark fishing for the Blue shark can be a
rewarding venture, and is a great way to introduce a newcomer to
the sport of shark fishing.
It is worth mentioning that, while shark fishing for Blues, they
may appear docile when swimming around the vessel you are in.
Please have no doubt, these fish are quick and can become very
aggressive, rapidly, as all sharks do, and can inflict serious
injury while handling them during your
Remember, all sharks are dangerous predators, and proper
handling during landing or release is critical while shark
Lastly, ensure you have the right permits in place before heading out shark fishing. In the United States, you are required to have an HMS Permit and must follow the regulations set forth for each species.
Please remember that shark fishing for Great White sharks is prohibited as they are a protected species. There are many species that go on and off the protected lists around the world, so know your local laws.