I've been skunked sharking a couple times.
The few times I've been skunked were thrilling!
A many number of trips I've waited 3 hrs for nothing, and then something really big shows up.
Part of the thrill IMO.
Something else I've found is shark fishing can be very slow when a whale dies or some large fish ect. dies anywhere near where you set up at.
1, How are you chumming?
2. Prefered bait?
3. Favorite set up and leaders ect.
Burlap sacks with a good amount of carcusses hung over the side.
Also the frozen bait buckets of shark tagger chum placed in the bait tank to melt.
I've found that even if you have to chase a shark a short distance the bait tank still is chumming--- also a nice noise maker with the bait pump. Some times turning on the ignition and off a few times every 15 minutes will help the shark find you. (just watch your motor when doing this... Your in for a thrill. Cuda
, tuna, bonita, and yellow tail carcuss is my favorite baits, some have been used as live bait for a real treat.
Don't fret the little sharks that come nibbling. It increases your chum line as the knaw on it. When they leave you'll know the big fish has arrived.
You rarely hook little sharks when doing it this way.
BIG BAIT ___BIG FISH__
Small bait is used when you want to catch under 100lb sharks consistantly, the bigger ones have been caught on smaller baits too.
My favorite sharking story (next to JAWS of course) was a trip where we hooked a mola and it acted like a tuna and we cut it off boat side!
The next night we hooked a Big eye tuna. It acted like a tuna,,,,,,, wait big molas act like a tuna too!
We fought it on a rental rod with a broken dog spring on 60 lb 6/0 reel and a rent a rod.
We really considered it to be anouther mola.
At deep color it was a tuna. 15 minutes later it was one of the largest big eye tuna in american waters I've ever seen or heard.
Never have looked it up.. hmmmmm
Thanks for the report