How To Catch Sharks – 3 Different Techniques

Catching sharks? No doubt catching a shark would be an incredible experience! Catching small fishes is easy but to grab the bigger one would be breathtaking!

Sharks are the largest known fishes that are thriving and floating in the ocean for millions of years. Many people want to hook these monsters but it’s not easy at all because they are giant and heavy creatures with a lot of energy to defend themselves!  Well, if you want to catch sharks, we are sharing some of the important techniques that will be helpful for you!

How to Catch a Shark?

Catching sharks is a real life adventure, many people wish to encounter sharks by spending some time on the beaches! No, you are wrong! It requires money, time and determination – you have to wait for days to see the ocean beast!

Well, to grab the sharks you must learn different techniques and have all the possible equipment. Let’s see, how the whole procedure work:

Techniques to Catch a Shark

Commonly, the shark’s fisher uses different techniques to catch the big fishes, here are shortlisted 3 most frequently used techniques:

1: Longlining Technique

The long-lining is the most commonly used technique in the Gulf of Mexico and the Coast of the Atlantic Ocean. This practice includes the mainline – the first part of the bait which is attached to the hydraulic reel, a hook is attached to the mainline, and the mainline is thrown into the ocean which floats on the water surface.

The other part is the longline with which the heavy weights are attached which sinks towards the floor of the ocean. The bait set free to target the school of sharks. The longline consists of 600 to 800 hooks and is 7 to 10 miles in length. Once the shark is caught, it is usually brought out of the ocean, finned and sold in the commercial markets. The longline fishing process normally requires 3 to 6 days! Have patience!

2: Drift Drilling Technique

The drift drilling creates a wall of net in the ocean water to catch a shark, the nets are usually 800 to 1000 miles in length. The nets are released in the ocean water at night. The weight (food chunks to attract sharks) is attached at the bottom of the net, the nets are designed to entangle the gills of the sharks. Once the shark enters the net, the gills are trapped in a net line and prevent the sharks from escaping. This fishing technique is used to catch large fishes because the smaller fishes are able to move out of the net holes.

3: Strike Netting Technique

The strike netting technique is mostly applicable early in the morning around 1 to 3 am, so that the net should be retrieved with a fish until sunrise. Mostly small sharks are captured with this method, a motor is attached to the net to quickly encircle the sharks. If by any chance, a large shark got trapped then the reel slowed down, so that sharks cannot escape out. After that, the sharks are pulled out of the ocean water and the fins are removed before cutting off the net. This technique is used to catch the school of small fishes. The length of the net is only about 15 feet.

These all techniques require skills and are performed by the experts! Don’t be upset! We are also sharing some of the common tips and tricks to catch a shark!

  • Prefer warm water! You will have a high chance to encounter sharks there.
  • Be patient as it is a time taking process.
  • Night is the more productive time to catch a shark as most of the sharks are active in the dark.
  • It will be easier for you to grab the target when the tides are tranquil because the tides movements affect the shark’s population.
  • Once you get lucky and catch a shark, take pictures and release it back in the ocean without any harm to it.
  • Always try to fish a shark with a partner – do not try it all alone.

Well, that’s all about different methods and techniques to catch sharks! Let’s see what you need to tackle a sharks:

Equipment Needed to Catch a Shark

If you have finally decided to interact with the king of the ocean, you must need following items:

  • Rod and reel
  • Sinkers and hooks
  • Rod spikes and hook removers
  • Line and leader
  • Fishing baits
  • Sturdy gloves
  • Pliers and wire cutters
  • Wet towel
  • Bolt cutters
  • Camera


Sharks! As we all know are the giant creatures of the ocean, it’s not that easy to catch them. Catching sharks requires expertise and team! In this article we have explained different methods to tackle sharks – both advanced and common techniques one should follow to encounter sharks! Now, it’s all up to you which protocols you would like to follow to meet sharks! 

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I am a Scholar and a dedicated content writer. I am on a mission to stamp out the importance of one of the ocean's most fascinating and remarkable creatures, the sharks, and to let people know about their role in keeping the ecosystem in equilibrium.