Line Capacity For Shark Fishing

Hi guys heading up to exmouth in march and am planning to target some big sharks at night landbased.Just wondering how much line do you think will be enough to land sharks up to say 12ft will be using a saltiga surf 6000 and currently have 550m of 30lb but am doubting wether it will be enough.I am considering putting as much 50lb that will fit on it but am just curious as to weather you think 550m of 30lb will do it anyway.


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up grade to 24kg man

Sun, 2010-01-10 21:05

i use at least 600m of 24kg mono - try the beach next to the boat harbour - heaps of big shovelnose and mabe even tigers hammerheads bronzies etc

 

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Yeah you won't feel bitter

Sun, 2010-01-10 21:11

Yeah you won't feel bitter about being reefed if you spool mono.

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Yeah but if i use mono i

Sun, 2010-01-10 21:14

Yeah but if i use mono i won't get as much line as i need on... might have to see how much 24kg i can get on

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use a big penn senator or alvey 651

Sun, 2010-01-10 21:17

some of the sharks up north will just strip all your line off and dissapear lol

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you got an OH?

Sun, 2010-01-10 21:21

I've never really fished for sharks as such, but I reckon I'd be balloning a bait out with an oh spooled with mono. Lord knows what it will run you over and the extra insurance of mono taking far more knocks than braid would be better (and cheaper) IMO.

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Yeah well if there that big

Sun, 2010-01-10 21:21

Yeah well if there that big i don't really want to deal with them on the beach!I reckon 500m of 50lb(would probably fit on the reel)would stop most sharks

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I wouldn't bet on it!

Sun, 2010-01-10 21:25

Mako had a shark hooked from the boat last year on 100lb line with a virtually locked drag on a stella 20000FA and that was not even close to stopping it. We saw it early and I'd say it was maybe 4' long? Not very big anyway.....

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Grew up fishing for sharks

Sun, 2010-01-10 21:51

Grew up fishing for sharks off Grange and Henley jetties in Adelaide.  If the sharks are anything over 8ft I would use nothing else but an overhead at least a 6/0 size up to a 10/0 (pre-braid, mind you spooling even a 4/0 with braid would not be cheap).  This makes casting a problem but ballooning as sugessted above is the go. -

Back in the day (25 years ago) penn senators were the best. 4/0 and 6/0 you could windmill cast (large snapper sinker on the swivel above the trace, drop it to 1-2 metres above the water get it swinging back and forth building up to 360 degree swing- after getting all bystanders to stand well back - and let rip - we could cast 60- 70 metres like this after building up a bit of momentum...... put a few decent dents on the jetty shelter roof too.....

I now think I was crazy at the time as we used to put out huge tuna oil slicks and then on hot days jump of the jetty end to cool off......figured they would take the baits first i guess...

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them sharks are bloody huge,

Sun, 2010-01-10 22:01

them sharks are bloody huge, i got a shark out on the boat that went roughly about 10 foot and that took me nearly 45 minuets to get that one in using 50lb braid, so i think you would have to have a much bigger reel with 100lb line on it and somewhere to tie yourself up to as well as the rodLaughing, good luck with your mission tho 

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Shark fishing

Sun, 2010-01-10 22:34

@Nelly iv caught a few sharks in my time , used to exclusively target sharks/rays as sport fish during season  land based . 

 

 

if u want to target & land those big fish land based u really need to use a over head depending on how u planning on getting a bait out - if planning on casting nothing smaller than a saltist/saltiga 50 or a torium 30 , i use the torium 30 and have 600m 50lb braid backing , 160m of .55(24kg)mono top shot and then a 10m windon leader nothing less than 1mm will do , depending on which species of shark u want to target will deter men what size bite trace u'l use ie. 200lb steel of 2m  for the toothy fish or light 50lb for the molour mouths.

 

 

There are some trains out there  that cant be stopped(land based) , iv fished with some top shark anglers in SA and seen on a few occasions that 800m is not enough , which ends up hurting the pocket - lol - hooking into these monsters doesnt happen every day tho ......

 

 

 

if u planning on targeting the smaller species - fish up to 60 kg's ,the gear u got will be ok just make sure the drag is smooth and don't try force the fish.

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Thanks for the advice ragbag

Sun, 2010-01-10 22:53

Thanks for the advice ragbag i really don't want to try dealing with any sharks bigger than you said 60kg so might just see how i go with as much 50lb as i can get on my saltiga surf....

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Good luck

Mon, 2010-01-11 17:46

Fish small baits -small tailor heads , mullets ect and u'l get the smaller fish ..... big baits whole tuna 3 - 5 kgs for the bigger fish . u'l do well with what u got just make sure u use a leader - often the sharks tail clips the line during the fight and that will snap the braid like cotton as theres no stretch , also helps when they roll in the shallows  and obviously helps with a bit of extra stretch when they trying to reef u ...

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Yeah will be running 10m of

Mon, 2010-01-11 18:21

Yeah will be running 10m of 100lb leader,Is 1m of say 150lb or 200lb wire trace enough? i will be slide baiting.Will just spool up as much 50lb on there i can get if anything can take that much line i don't want to deal with dehooking it

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1m is

Mon, 2010-01-11 19:31

cutting it fine as sharks often bite up the line as there taking the bait ...... with those bigger fish up there at least 1.5m closer to 2 m of 200lb , u sliding using non returns on braid ? think u going to get burnt off very quickly !  The bigger the shark the easier it is to take the hooks out , as its normally taken a while to land and there normally just as tired as u are ...... its the little ones up to 20/30kg's that u got to watch out for as they are normally still "green" by the time its landed and love to have a chew - what ever shark u catch only go as close to its mouth as u feel comfortable with, if u not experienced with sharks rather cut the bite trace as close as u can to the pearly whites.

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shark fishing

Mon, 2010-01-11 11:05

the only problem with catching sharks at night here is you dont know how BIG they are going to be,i tryed it once and got spoiled on 24kg ,i lost 5sharks that night and when it got up in the morning it seen all the shark in the water i was waisting up time with 24kg ,i needed rope and chain,so no more chasing sharks at night
just get the biggest gear you can hold and hold on good luck mate

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200lb handline and where gloves

Wed, 2010-01-13 10:01

200lb pound handline is very cheap but just watch that fingers etc dont get caught in loops

also, i woulnt go for sharks, like deepwater said, the sharks are sometimes huge impossible to catch

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sharks

Wed, 2010-01-13 16:34

"Mako had a shark hooked from the boat last year on 100lb line with a virtually locked drag on a stella 20000FA and that was not even close to stopping it. We saw it early and I'd say it was maybe 4' long? Not very big anyway....."
couldnt stop a 4 ft shark on a stella 20000 and 100lb ???
was it meant to say 14 ft???? i stopped a 6-7 ft tiger on 50lb on a spheros 10000 no worries took maybe 20 min and we were at anchor. stopped many 4 ft sharks here on pe2. but different situations i guess he probably had a 14 ft monster chasing him lol

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landed my first bronzie on a

Thu, 2010-01-14 01:49

landed my first bronzie on a shimano alivio 6000 with 30lb line, went 1.5 metres. I think that reel came from big w

 exmouth would be a different story though, the big w gear might not cut it lol

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Land based shark spots

Mon, 2010-01-18 01:38

Any idea about good spots 4 sharks up there where u wont get busted off on reef all the time? Hoping to get up there the first week in feb