It was a strange summer this year as the weather for sea fishing was all over the places. There was very little settled weather and in between most calm days there would be strong wind. With the few days I could get out for sharks, they were still enjoyable. With my new trailer, I can now launch my boat on most slipways from hi to mid tide.
With the boat unstrapped and ready for water, it was time to launch and head out on a lovely calm day.
With bait [mackerel] so hard to find now a days I had to take out my frozen fish waste that I got from my local fishmongers. With some frozen mackerel for hook baits just encase I could not find some. With the discarded fish waste, bran and fish oil mixed in the bucket and ready to put in the onion bag.
Trail bag ready to put into the water make sure to tie it off well as sharks have robed some from me over the years
With our rods set up, floats and baits in the water and the trail bag doing its job, I believed it would not take long before we would get a run
Jorge keeping an eye on the floats as sharks can swim towards the boat and will deep-hook themselves.
With the hunger starting to take, hold on us we decided to cook some of the few fresh mackerel we caught
my brother Robert cooking up the first of many fresh fish of the day these cookers or super on calm days but a disaster in rough I will have to make something to keep the pan on for next year
With the first rod bent into a shark, it did not take long for another reel to scream off.
As Jorge was still fighting his shark my nephew Kenneth landed his
Kenneth with the first shark of the session
After a few minutes, Jorge got his shark on board and just in time as my rod bent into action. As Jorge shark was ready to be landed I handed over my rod to my brother until his shark was landed and released
Jorge shark nearly on board, remember they have teeth, so take your time and make sure the deck is clear as you will have to step back or move quickly if the shark makes a dangerous move the five pictures below shows you how to work together as a team to get the shark safely on board
Jorge happy with his first shark of 2017
With my fishing rod back in my hand I was enjoying the fight as the shark dove deep a few times before it was beat and we were able to land it
A 60 to 70 plus blue that gave a good account of itself
Jorge with a pup blue
It was a good shark fishing trip, five sharks and a few dropped runs. With that taught in mind and the weather going to be good for the next few days, I decided to go for it again the fowling day.
I had Jorge my son Derick and his girlfriend Stephanie on board it was like the first day fishing with spells of nothing and then two rods would go off nearly at the same time
Derick with a nice size shark around 70lb.
It is important to de-barb hooks when shark fishing as you can see sharks can swallow baits and the hooks can be hard to get out. If a shark bleeds, try to get it back in the water as soon as possible. I have tagged sharks that bled and a few years later, one of the that shark i tagged was recaptured
Well done to Stephanie landing this blue shark like a pro
Jorge with another good fighting blue
That was the last day this year I could get out for blue sharks, looking forward to going after them hopefully soon