A Highly-Requested Fish.
One of the most common fish I get requests for are sharks. There is an excitement that you get from going hand to (fin), mano a mano, human vs beast with such a powerful toothy critter. Sharks are so incredibly powerful, and most of my clients are winded after catching just one!
Customers often have to take turns fighting the same shark as they cannot handle the raw strength of these magnificent sea beasts on their own!
The sharks we catch here in Pensacola include but are not limited to Atlantic Sharpnose, Blacktip, Spinner, Sandbar, Dusky, Silky, Bull, Hammerhead, Tiger, and Nurse. Some are more common than others, and certain times of the year will produce different species.
Each species of shark we encounter in Pensacola is interesting in some unique way, fun to catch, and make for great photo ops.
While we can take a few of the smaller species out of the water, most of the larger species are protected; therefore, we have to leave them in the water.
Luckily, sharks take great photos in the water, too, once they are beside the boat!
When Clients ask about shark fishing, I usually tell them three things:
1. Fighting a shark feels like being attached to the back of a truck, on a steep hill, with a driver that’s letting off the brakes now and then.
2. When you get tired and need a break from the fight, you will have to hand the rod to someone else besides me because I don’t want any part of the back-wrenching fight!
3. “WE’RE GOING TO NEED A BIGGER BOAT”!
The techniques that I use vary depending on the size of the shark we are targeting. There are two primary styles of Shark fishing I offer, offshore and inshore.