During the Sydney Game Fishing Club’s annual Winter Mako shark Tournament, vessel ‘Shakara’ was in the mix of boats with 3 sharks tagged for the weekend’s fishing. The first day proved very quiet for the boys without even a sighting. Skipper Simon Fisher made the decision to go out to Long Reef of Narrabeen, only a few kilometres of the coast for the final days fishing. 3 fish were sighted and tagged successfully; all smaller fish, which tend to hang in close before growing up and heading off the shelf. It was a great ploy to stay in close because we saved fuel and could fish for flathead in 60metres of water at the same time.
How did we lure and then catch the sharks? Using large frozen burley blocks derived mainly from minced up fish frames from the fish markets, as burley is a great way to keep a constant trail to allure sharks to your baits. We used a variety of baits including frozen mullet and squid and live slimy mackerel. We used balloons to keep a wide bait and close bait about the IGFA legal leader length of 30ft below the surface. We also sent a deep bait to the bottom to cover our bases. After sighting fish, we also used a pitch bait which we could throw towards the shark to entice a bait.
The rig is simple. When we were out wide we used 1000lb coated wire trace with Gamakatsu’s, Oogata Mutsu 6/0 heavy duty shark hooks at the end. Ensure that you strip the coating off the trace before crimping to avoid slipping. We always double crimp the hook end of the trace for extra strength at the business end of the fight when you are wrapped up in the trace of an angry shark. When we came in closer we used lighter wire trace and smaller Gamakatsu circle hooks (still heavy duty) to deal with the smaller baits and fish.