When tying Leaders for Shark Fishing it’s important to take the time and tie the rig perfectly. If your leader fails on a quality Shark you’re going to be disappointed.
Here’s a list of supplies you will need:
- Wire Leader
- Heavy monofilament
- A Strong Circle Hook
- Heavy Swivels
- Heavy Weight
When it comes to the hook size for your leader, it all depends on the bait you will be using. For smaller bait, such as King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel and Bonita, I suggest using a 16/0 Mustad circle hook. For larger baits like Rays and Jacks, I prefer using a 24/0 Sandbar circle hook. Circle hooks are recommended when shark fishing. They must be Non Stainless Steel and Non Offset.
Every angler has their own preference on what bite leader they use. Some prefer single strand wire, while others prefer cable. Either one of these options work great, although I would advise using 600+ pound bite leader. Mono is another important component to your shark leader. You can use heavy mono to your advantage. It not only holds up against the sharks abrasive and coarse skin, it also helps you grip the line and won’t cut into your skin if you have to leader the shark in once it gets close to the beach.
Here’s an instructional video I made on Shark Leaders for Land Based Shark Fishing.
Additionally, if you have questions or concerns, please be sure to email me: Jack@NavarreBeachSharkFishing.com
As always, if you are shark fishing from land, please make sure you have taken the Shark-Smart Fishing Educational Course found at MyFWC.com/SharkCourse and get the Shore-Based Shark Fishing Permit. Both of these are free, but are required by the state of Florida for anyone age 16 or older.
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