Shark fishing is popular the world over as these incredible fish are among the most renowned and respected creatures patrolling our seas. There's a huge variety of sharks from small Dogfish to the mighty Great White and pretty much all of them can be targeted with rod and line.
Returning to the Florida Keys, Paul teams up with Skip Neilson this time to try the warm, shallow waters for the ocean’s most famous predator, the Shark. So teeming with life are the Keys, however, that the catches aren’t limited to Shark and Paul hooks a variety of other shallow water species including Speckled Sea Trout, Jack Crevalle and Snook. That’s not to say the sharks aren’t plentiful though too, and Paul completes what Skip refers to as ‘The Shark Slam’.
With a cold front and strong winds sweeping across the Keys, the Guyz are worried about where they are going to be able to take their next clients and successfully catch fish. They decide to recce for the day and head to the slightly more sheltered, inshore reaches of the Florida Everglades and target Lemon Sharks. These predators, that can grow to almost 3 metres in length, are at home in shallow sub tropical waters and although they are not considered a threat to humans, can give a nasty bite if you put your hand in the wrong place. Armed with freshly caught Barracuda and Mackerel as bait, the guys struggle at first. The sharks just don't seem interested in the cold morning water, but returning after lunch, they manage to hook a beauty. As Capt. Lain says 'Anytime you set out to catch a specific species of fish and you're successful, makes it a great day on the water.'
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Mark De La Hey enjoys the offshore game fishing on offer at Tinley Beach SA. Plenty of Yellowfin Tuna to be found. Then a spot of nighttime beach fishing in Mozambique, where a huge Blacktip Shark provides Mark with a battling test of endurance.
Catching Mako Sharks is a risky venture at any time, but in Bass Strait those crazy Tasmanians catch some ridiculously big sharks out of trailer boats. Peter Morse joins Mason and some local shark fishermen and uses fly rods and big game fishing tackle on a couple of Bass Strait monsters. Turns out those Tasmanians really know what they’re doing and he experiences some great fishing."
Beach Fishing for Sharks - People travel from all over the world to Durban on South Africa's eastern shoreline, to fish for the tremendous variety of species that can be found here. Wesley Peens is local, so he doesn't have to travel quite so far and can enjoy a day's fishing from the rocks or beach pretty much whenever the urge takes him. Here we join him and a few mates as they spend a day making the most of an onshore wind that seems to bringing some rather large Ragged Tooth Sharks into range. These are big, strong fish, that put up a great fight, giving the guys a day to remember. They enjoy it so much they carry on into the night - addicted or what?
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George is meeting up with Capt Chris Johnson of Sea Squared Charters and the target today is Lemon Sharks which they'll be looking for in very shallow water. As Chris explains, the water temperature has been dropping recently which makes these fish more active and easier to tempt. After finding a good spot and putting the chum out, several sharks are seen near the boat so George puts his bait out and a Lemon Shark takes it immediately. After a good fight, George brings the shark to the boat and releases it unharmed. Seeing a bigger fish, George casts out towards it and again it takes without hesitation and George has a tough fight on his hands. With lots of sharks around the boat now, Chris decides to have a go and picks out a huge shark which again aggressively takes his bait. George also finds one and its a double hook up! An incredible session continues with barely a moment without a fish on.
iFish host Paul Worsteling travels to St Helens on the east coast of Tasmania where he joins up with local expert Chloe Hammersley to go Mako Shark fishing. They head out to the edge of the shelf and whilst they are waiting for the Makos to show up get plenty of excitement from catching a few of the Bluefin Tuna swarming the area. It's not long before a large Mako is attracted to the the commotion and the tasty chum bait being dragged behind the boat. Paul is quick to get a fly out in front of its nose. Mako Sharks are one of the most acrobatic fish in the ocean and this one doesn't disappoint, providing some magnificent moments of airtime and because he is only using his lightweight fly gear Paul enjoys one hell of a fight. If you've never considered going Mako Shark fishing, this episode will change your mind!
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Mark and the guys are in Mozambique where the annual migration of black marlin to their spawning grounds brings in many other apex predators. In this episode, Mark is targetting big sharks and soon finds a grey shark before getting into a huge hammerhead. Maintaining a good supply of live bait is crucial to keeping the action going, especially when you have several large Zambezi (Bull) sharks around the boat. Later in the show, Mark targets sharks from the shore and discusses techniques to hook and land them.
The Fins with Teeth here are Mako Sharks and Paul Worsteling has travelled to St Helens in Tasmania, sport fishing mecca, where the Makos are prolific. He's onboard with Josh Hammersley and they're heading out to the shelf. Paul's decided to try something a bit different and wants to catch a Mako on the fly, Josh says "I think you're crazy, but we'll give it a go". First up is to get the burley or chum in the water, Josh uses frozen pieces of Salmon which, as they slowly melt leave a lovely scent trail. Paul has made his own flies using lots of multicoloured shiny tinsel to imitate a slimy Mackerel, a bait the sharks just love. However when a Mako at well over 200lbs appears he decides that it might be better not to risk his lightweight fly gear but to trust the heavy tackle and a conventional mackerel head. The ensuing battle is still titanic and Paul is rewarded with a magnificent catch.
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In this episode Des is joined by his good mate Keith on an adventure into the Celtic Deeps in the Irish Sea fishing for sharks. They're onboard The Antlantic Blue, skippered by Andy Truelove out of Dale, a beautiful village on the Pembrokeshire coast. It's a two and a half hour trip out to the Deeps where Andy thinks they will have a very good chance of catching a Blue Shark or two and possibly a Porbeagle. But the journey isn't dull, as there's quite often dolphins and whales to be seen.
Andy recommends drift fishing, letting the boat follow the wind and the currents, hoping he can attract the sharks with the scent trail he is leaving with the chum in his 'Rubby Dubby' bag. They are using mackerel deadbaits, with the tails chopped off to stop them spinning and the bellies cut open to create as much scent as possible, dropped to a depth of around 50 feet. They've got four rods out at various distances from the boat and its one of Des's that's first to go. it's not one of the monsters they are hoping for but a nice 'bluey' none the less. The sighting of a Fin Whale creates some excitement but not as much as the bend in Keith's rod as he's into his first ever shark. The successful boating off a bluey in the region of 50lbs leaves him "chuffed to bits". Des adds another blue shark but is desperately hoping he can hook a Porbeagle Shark. His dream comes true towards the end of the day as he boats a lovely fish around the 40lb mark. Then Keith hooks the biggest Blue Shark of the day, just as they are about to head for home.
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This amazing film follows Capt Mark Martin as he attempts to catch a Mako Shark on a fly rod off the San Diego coast and includes some of the most spectacular fly fishing footage you're ever likely to see. At the same time we get an insight into how attitudes are changing in the world of shark fishing: where once sharks were killed, now catch and release is gaining ground.
With his sights set on a Big Bull Shark, Henry heads to the Crystal River area in Citrus County, north west Florida, known as the 'Nature Coast'. He joins local guide and expert Capt. Billy Henderson. Using live mullet for bait with wire leaders, the guys have one target in mind and its large with sharp teeth. The Bull Shark is unique in that it can survive in both fresh and salt water and it is attracted to the Crystal River area by the migrating Tarpon that it loves to eat. Capt. Billy regularly encounters specimen to over 300lbs and although Henry isn't lucky enough to hook anything quite this big, he does see plenty of action. In his tip of the week Henry talks you through his rod, reel and tackle preferences when targeting big shark. There's also another delicious harbourside recipe from chef Brad Townsend, Sea Bass grilled in parmesan and prosciutto.
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In this first exclusive film for Fishing TV, Darcizzle and her team head out to a known shark fishing mark off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida. The mission is to hook up to some bull sharks, famed for their hard fighting and agression. They also take the time to harvest a bit of shark bait along the way.
Darcizzle talks through the various baits, chums and tackle that they use to attract sharks to the boat and entice a bite, and explains how the Gulf Steam makes the coast of Palm Beach county one of the most prolific pelagic fisheries in the world.
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