Fishing for sharks may seem almost unreal. To be able to go out into the deep blue sea and come back with a man-eating behemoth might seem like a dream. But many people make a living this way, and others enjoy shark fishing for recreation.

And guess what?

You can join them!

It’s a lot easier than you might think. Just keep an open mind, and you’ll be deep sea shark fishing in no time.

What is Deep Sea Shark Fishing?

Deep sea shark fishing means fishing for shark in the deep sea. The deep sea is the part of the ocean that extends far beyond land. Sharks typically reside in the deep sea.

To get there, you’re going to need a boat. You’re also going to need a few other tools:

  • Level drag reels
  • Lightweight rods designed for shark fishing
  • At least 500 yards of strong fishing line. Typically its recommended that you use an 80-pound braided line.

Once you have your reel, rod, and line put together, you’re ready to go. Now jump in that boat and let’s learn about the types of sharks you can catch!

Types of Sharks to Fish

Fishing for Blacktip Sharks

There are many different types of sharks that you can catch out there in the deep sea. Here is a brief list:

  • Great Hammerheads
  • Greenland Sharks
  • Blacktip Sharks
  • Shortfin Makos
  • Bull Sharks
  • Spinner Sharks
  • Lemon Sharks
  • Oceanic Whitetips
  • Blue Sharks
  • Bonnethead Sharks

There are also many other species of sharks you can catch, but these are some of the most popular.

How to Reel in a Shark

Now the only thing you have left to learn is how to reel in that shark once you have a bite. Sharks are strong, fast, and unpredictable creatures. Reeling one in can be quite the workout. You might want to fight with the shark, but you’re going to have to learn to follow it instead.

If it pulls right, don’t pull left. Follow it in the directions it pulls you. Move your body and allow yourself to become one with the shark. Learn its patterns and rhythms.

Reeling this sucker in might take a moment. As it pulls and pushes, rises up and sinks down, you’ll have to reel it in slowly. If you try to pull too hard, the shark will just resist and either break your line or your reel. Play with the shark, pull in slowly as you move with it. Make into a sort of dance.

It might be hard at first, but once you learn how to dance with the sharks, you’ll be reeling them in without a sweat.