First Blue Sharks of the 2017 season
The third week in May saw us have the first try at the Blue Sharks for the season. The weather was superb, all we needed was the Sharks to show. We headed offshore and got the chum slick going. The Mackerel were a bit thin on the ground but we managed to catch enough for fresh bait. An hour or so passed by before one of the baits was taken and line pulled from the reel. Scott was on the rod and he was soon into the first shark of the season. A lovely fish of around 60lb.
A relief to know they were here. Kieren was next on the rods and it was't too long before he was into a fish of around 50lb.
Bob was next in and it was a better fish that had the Fin-Nor 20-30lb rod bending well...
A few good dives and the fish was brought on board. Length and Girth measurements put the fish at just under the 100lb mark at 97lb.
Another hour or so passed and then a big one took the bait. The fish steamed off and wasn't slowing down even with plenty of drag applied. Liam was on the rod and was given a proper pasting by the fish. It took a good 10 minutes before we got a glimpse and she was a big girl. It hit the surface turned around and had 300ft of line off the reel in seconds. The rod was being put through it's paces, or was it Liam...
The Fin Nor gear we use is superb and provides excellent sport and fun, yet is more than capable of handling the big fish out there. Come see for yourself when you come out on one of our fishing trips. For the sharks we use a 20-30lb class rod which is the perfect balance between sporting fun and handling bigger fish and the Fin Nor Marquesa reels are silky smooth for those long powerful dives!
30 minutes in and the fish was subdued and ready to come on board. A sigh of relief as she lay on the deck and plenty of cheering. A proper lump with a 93in length and 38in girth giving a calculated weight of 167lb!
That was our 2017 shark season kicked off in style!!
The trips have continued to produce sharks with every trip different ranging from a handful of sharks to 30+ in a day with a good few over the 100lb mark. Here are a few photos from other trips during May and June....
I even had some fun and took a 110lb Blue Shark on a 7-30g Quantum Blue Spin rod - that was fun!
We are now at the start of July and are over 250 sharks caught on Bite Adventures so far this season. Lets hope the season continues as it started with plenty more fun and plenty more sharks!