Catch-and-release shark fishing in Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral is an extraordinary experience for anglers of all ages and abilities.
Each species of shark has its own unique features and habits, making every catch a unique experience. Typically the sharks put on an exciting run away from the boat before slowing down to duke it out with the angler. The blacktips and spinners normally rocket skyward when they feel the steel of the circle hook in their mouths. Long, energetic runs are then mixed with jumps. The reason we use circle hooks is that the hook will lodge in the corner of the shark’s jaw and will do no long-term harm.
We have bait freezers that we keep filled to the brim with shark bait. Abundant chum creates a heavy scent, which excites the sharks and spurs them to bite aggressively.
We hang some carcasses from a fish stringer off the back of the boat. Tossing smaller dead baits or carcasses out to the sides makes the slick that much more enticing. These smaller baits also serve to feed the nurse sharks and stingrays. Their feeding activity attracts the targeted shark species and before you know it, we have frenzied waters.
Mary Lee - the Great White Shark on the east coast of the United States.
Sharks are very unpredictable and no two behave the same when they feel trapped close to the boat. If removing the hook cannot be accomplished safely, we cut the wire leader as close to the hook as possible without putting anyone in harm’s way.