Shark Fishing Introduction
If you enjoy fishing but are bored on the same old lake fishing, maybe the thrill of angling for the most feared creature in the sea is what you need. Now before your imagination gets the better of you, it really is very uncommon for massive sharks, for example the great white, to be fished for recreationally. Usually, small to medium sized sharks are caught. If this interests you, please read on and I will try to describe the basics of shark fishing for you. First, do not expect to go out shark fishing on your own if you are new to it. It is a very good idea to hire a shark fishing guide or shark fishing charter service which is run by an expert shark fishing captain.
With 5730 miles of coastline in the United States there is plenty of water for sharks to roam. Finding a shark fishing location isn’t really all that hard. All you need is a little sand and a lot of water. The two most popular states to shark fish in are Florida and Texas since they have loads of both. They also have a lot more sharks along their coasts than other states, but that’s not so say that South Carolina, North Carolina, and all the way up to New Jersey don’t have their share of shark. Florida leads the nation in shark bites because there are more sharks per-capita than anywhere else, BUT just remember you’re more likely to get struck by lightning than you are to get bitten by a shark. As with all types of fishing you really have to go where the shark bait is.
Shark Fishing Techniques
The bait utilized to catch sharks consists of something the shark would find tasty. Normally these are tuna, eels, or stingrays. Nevertheless, anything that can bleed is efficient shark bait. It is however illegal to use protected or game fish. The technique utilized to catch sharks is fairly uncomplicated. First you wish to chum the waters by cutting up a bunch of bait fish and spreading it all over the area you’ll be angling in. This attracts the sharks. Then your shark fishing guide or shark fishing charter captain will set up three or four or more angling rigs with baited hooks floating at distinct water levels. Then it’s time to sit back on a lounge chair, crack a beer and wait for a bite.
Shark Flavor And Cooking
I have heard people ask “is shark meat edible?”. Shark is not only edible, it is excellent eating if prepared fresh and handled properly. The meat is firm, lean, and very healthy. The general rule for cooking shark meat is 10 minutes per inch of thickness measured at the thickest part of the fillet or steak, at 400-450 degrees F. If fish is cooked in parchment, foil or a sauce, add 5 minutes to the total cooking time. Fillets less than 1/2 inch thick do not need to be turned during cooking. Fish cooks quickly. Do not overcook. Fish is done when the flesh becomes opaque and flakes easily when tested with a fork. Poaching, steaming, baking, broiling, sauteing, microwaving are excellent low-fat cooking methods, if you do not add high fat ingredients.
Underrated Game Fish
Shark fishing is one of the least appreciated types of fishing especially when you’re doing it from a beautiful sandy beach. Most people think of sharks as ‘creatures of the deep’ or ‘man eaters’, but they are actually some of the best sports fishing to be had from the beach or boat. If you’re looking for something to do while enjoying the beach, shark fishing can provide an adrenaline-filled experience and a picture worth 1000 words.