Small Sharks?

 I want to hook a small shark. Wondering if this rig will work? I’m running 10kg line on a 10’ uglystik, and the tooth proof is just 12 kgs. Fishing around Albany.


I am aware that the wire will probably be mangled after a fish or two.

If so what bait and what size of bait should be put on? If not where is a good place to start with gear/rigs?



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fishing from shore im

Sat, 2011-06-25 11:14

fishing from shore im guessing? should look into balloning. What i noticed catching sharks they always just miss the hook, so i suggest you have 2 hooks about 5 cm apart.

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Yep from shore.   I have

Sat, 2011-06-25 13:03

Yep from shore.   I have looked into and tried ballooning but it just depends so much on the weather down here. Thought I could get good casting distance with that rig with the floating hook.  I’m also going to try slide baiting soon maybe tonight if weather holds.

Cheers may have to make a rig with 2 hooks then.

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Sat, 2011-06-25 13:04

this would work but I think a running sinker rig or paternoster would work better.  I will try and explain with what resources I have


Running sinker rig


mainline-------running sinker--------swivel-------wire traceabout 600mm-----2 hooks

                                                                                                              snell your hooks with suitable lb 49 strand wire

when using this rig you can set your drag light and weight for the shark to take the bait and peel off line while you relax.


the paternoster if you havent heard of it it a pretty common rig where you can attach your wire to a 3 way swivel or a dropper loop use the search butoon should be a pic of that rig


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 What would suitable lbs be

Sat, 2011-06-25 14:18

 What would suitable lbs be for light sharks and when running 10kg main line? I’m very green to this. Was thinking of using cut squid, or herring. Size is what I’m after for bait, size of thumb or hand?

Thanks guys


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Your going to get a lot of

Sat, 2011-06-25 14:34

Your going to get a lot of rays i rekon, had the 2 hooks pretty close, using a fresh bait is your best bet, anything you can catch down there on a little rod, put the 2 hooks throough and out it goes, if it's big enough for live bait, that is your best bet. I don't think i have ever caught a shark on squid before.. Always been a fresh fish i have caught and chucked out live.


10kg line might not be enough, you can't always just catch the small ones, expect a few bustoffs haha

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Ive caught plenty of bronzies

Sat, 2011-06-25 18:02

Ive caught plenty of bronzies on squid. But better on fresh dead/live bait. I use a running sinker rig or slide bait. What rod/reel you using. When sliding I use 15kg mono. 10 should be alright. The thicker you go the shorter your cast will be. Expect lots of rays when using anything on the bottom. But have also landed rays on a balloon. lol

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Had a good 50+kg ray chasing

Sat, 2011-06-25 19:30

Had a good 50+kg ray chasing my 2kg live bait set under a balloon for 30 + mins. It just didnt have the speed needed to eat it. Great to watch in clear water off the rocks in NZ.


I would also use 15kg plus when targeting sharks.. of any size...  circle hooks, as its just careless and wasteful to gut hook fish you dont intend on eating. Easy to do so when you have a bait soaking for hours in the rod holder.

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Had a try tonight. Caught two

Sat, 2011-06-25 22:34

Had a try tonight. Caught two herring on dusk, one went out cut up on a single hook. The other when out as a live bait. Too many pickers and the cut herring disappeared as soon as I'd put a chunk on. I didn't use a running sinker with the live bait and as you guys probably all ready know I got a bit of a birds nest and drowned the herring. Use squid after the herring were used up, they got picked off too. Next time anyways.

Wouldn't mine catching a ray ether. I just hope they are small so I can land them for a pic. And send them back.



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Reel - Penn Powerspin V

Sat, 2011-06-25 22:45

Reel - Penn Powerspin V 8000

Rod -  10' Shakespeare Ugly Stik Platinum (medium action, line rating 6 - 10 kg)