There’s nothing quite like reeling in a big fish. But even when the fish gets away, it’s still a rush. I’ll save the suspense and let you see for yourself how this catch ends, but there’s no doubt that this was a huge shark that took the bait. All in all, this struggle between man and shark lasted about an hour as a giant from the deep dragged most of the line off the rod: an epic battle that exhausted both man and fish.
You might think that big sharks can only be caught from a boat, but your soon to change your mind, the fisherman below hooked this shark directly from the beach. If you were looking to land a big shark like this, the more popular way would be to rent a charter boat and head out to open waters. Boat fishing offers a great experience, but it’s also good to know that you can catch a huge fish from the beach without the cost of renting a boat if you prefer. From the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, there is plenty of beach to fish from, but the best shark fishing is found off the coast of Florida, which is where this shark was hooked, and on the Gulf of Mexico coast.
Fishing Gear and Tackle
Of course, to land a big shark, you need some heavy-duty fishing equipment. You can choose either a spinning rod or a bait cast rod. A spinning rod is the more economical choice, but you will need to spend at least $50 to get a good reel that can hold 300 or 400 yards of 40-pound test line. For the rod, it should be a heavy action one that’s 10 feet long or longer, which will range from about $50-$100. A bait cast rod and reel is what you would use for charter-boat fishing, and the price for these can range anywhere from $100 to $2,000. Along with a rod and reel, here is what else is needed to land a large shark:
- PVC rod holder
- Stainless steel leader (400-pound cable)
- Clips, crimps, and swivel
- Circle or J hook (10/0 to 14/0)
- Spider weight
- 16″ channel lock pliers (to get the hook out for catch and release)
This gear can handle a big shark, but you’ll probably want to go even bigger if you want to land a huge shark. The gear these guys are using to land their catch, for example, consists of the following:
- Barrett shark rod
- Duel 12/0w reel
- 20 feet of 700-pound shock leader
- 6 feet of wire leader
- Cobia fish bait on a 20/0 circle hook
Saltwater Fishing Techniques
Fishing from the beach is unique in that you have to go wade out in the water and cast. You can also actually kayak your bait out. Either way, getting your bait about 40 or 50 yards from the sand is ideal. It takes some practice to get adept at fishing from a beach, but there are some good resources including notsoboringlife.com and the site mentioned below that can offer more guidance.
The guy’s partner mentions that he caught an 11-foot, 9-inch shark from the beach but that this catch is much bigger than that one, especially when it comes to weight. Catching a big trout or bass is one thing, but landing a shark is a whole new level of excitement. And as we see here, the battle is often more memorable than the end result. So does this make you want to go out and land a huge shark?