Essential Beach Shark fishing tackle & gear for your next trip
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, beach shark fishing might be for you. Remember, sharks are powerful fish that enjoy a lot of respect. This means that the right fishing gear for sharks is critical to safety and success.
Some of the species that can be caught while beach sharks are hammerhead sharks, black tip sharks, lemon sharks, spinner sharks, crested sharks, and nurse sharks. While many of these species can get quite large, the majority of the sharks that are attacked while beach fishing are 7 feet or less.
Shark gear for beach anglers
Wondering what type of shark gear is best for beach anglers? Look for high performance shark fishing tackle and gear designed for tough saltwater opponents.
While these are examples of saltwater gear and gadgets that you can use to attack sharks from the surf, you should always check your state fishing regulations to make sure that your equipment meets legal requirements.
- Use a 7 to 10 foot, fast acting saltwater fishing rod or surf rod with a large backbone.
- Use a heavy conventional saltwater star drag reel with a very high line capacity (5200/100 pound braid) and a low gear ratio. A heavy conventional pulley allows you to land a shark faster, which reduces the stress on the shark and increases its chance of survival once released.
- You can use 100 pound test braided line. Braid is generally preferred over monofilament as the smaller diameter of the braid allows you to get more line on your reel. The extra line prevents a shark from “spooling” all of the line off your reel if this takes a long time.
- Use a long shock absorber made from 400 pound mono and attach this leader to your main line with ball bearing or snap swivels. Your shock ladder should be about 15 feet long to hold against any structure or brush with the shark’s rough skin. Your shark rigs should also include a second section of leader wire (10 feet or more) attached to your hook.
- Use hooks in sizes from 10/0 to 16/0.
- Bring cut baits like ladyfish or bonito.
As you prepare for your first shark fishing adventure on the beach, keep in mind that many species of shark feed on warm water more actively (water temperatures from the mid-1970s). Keep this tip in mind when considering the timing of your trip and deciding which are the best places to fish for sharks.
From there, all you have to do is bring a friend, a pair of separating gloves, and a commitment to shark caution and safety.