Fishing for Shark in Key West – Not Quite Like the Movies
Jaws, the famous movie franchise about bloodthirsty Great Whites who stop at nothing to terrorize (often young and naive) humans, has faced criticism from marine biologists over its inaccurate portrayal of sharks’ relationship with humans.
For us fishing charter Captains the legacy is double-edged. Part of the attraction and mystique of shark fishing is the sense of danger and risk that comes with tackling the ocean’s apex predator. They truly are powerful creatures with unmatched strength.
On the other hand, shark fishing doesn’t quite go down as it happens in the movies (probably a good thing!). For starters, we can fish for shark in under 15 feet of water (even under 5 feet) and we still have to bait the sharks – they haven’t yet taken a bite out of the boat trying to feed on me or the guests.
Sharks can be caught in deep water offshore or in the flats and near shore reefs. The best shark fishing is probably done in shallow waters where you can undertake sight fishing (looking through the water for the target fish). When it comes to shark fishing, we are often on the lookout for moving water – the edge of flats and channels are productive places.
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What types of shark will we catch?
The are several species of shark we can target around Key West. The most common varieties are blacktip, lemon, bonnet, nurse and bull shark. Slightly less common but still attainable are tiger, hammerhead and mako sharks.
Sharks will generally weigh in at over 100 pounds and average around 6 feet in length. Catches over 200 pounds are quite frequent. If you’re lucky we might be able to reel in a 10 foot shark in the 400 – 500 pound region.
Most species of shark are hunt alone although lemon sharks, in particular, are found in schools. Even though they hunt separately, it’s still quite common to attract more than one shark at a time to the boat. You are literally surrounded by sharks!