Shark Fishing On Demand: How To Catch Big Sharks On Light Tackle

By: Joseph Simonds on February 13, 2020
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What a BEAST!

Have you ever gone shark fishing before?

Sharks are pure muscle and fight like crazy.

We went out with Capt. Mark “Hollywood” Johnson from where he showed us how to attract sharks right up to your boat fast, so you can sight cast to them and catch them all day.

This way of catching them is so fun that we just had to share it with you!

Watch the video below to learn how to attract sharks to you and sight cast to them, plus tips on what not to do when battling these monsters, which baits work best, and much more.


How To Attract Sharks On Demand [VIDEO]

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Such a cool experience!

If you want to catch sharks like this, too, here’s what to do:

1. Catch some oily fish like bonita, Spanish mackerel, or ladyfish (the fresher the fish, the better, so try not to buy frozen fish).

2. Butterfly them

3. Put them on a stringer like he had in the video

4. Toss it over the side and wait for the sharks to come to you!

The best way to do this is while your drifting.

The ideal situation is when the wind and current are moving in opposite directions so that you can create a nice chum slick.

Doing this while anchored up is not ideal because sharks can get smart when they notice the fish aren’t moving, but it can still work if you have no other choice.


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This is such a fun way to fish!

The anticipation of waiting for a 200 lb shark to take your bait, seeing them eat it, then watching the rod double over and hearing the reel scream is amazing.

Check out this post here if you want to see how to make your own stringer like this and how to rig up baits for shark fishing.

Have any questions about this type of fishing?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Dan Pavlovich

Awesome video but I have a question on the bait. If you don’t have time to go fishing for lady fish or mackerel before you go shark fishing do you think that catching those fish the day before on putting them in a salt brine like Peter Deeks recommended would work?
Also were you just using a jig head with a chunk of bait? Leader size?
Thanks again and keep up the good work.

Frank Turski

Great video on how to set up and catch sharks. My question is how to find good areas to fish for sharks in the area where I’m staying (Cape Coral).

Thom Ray

Not to be a downer, but is it legal to use a regulated fish like the Mackerel for bait? I’m referring to the rule you cannot filet fish on the open water and come in without the carcass. Just curious.

Second question. Do Sharpnose , Bonnethead etc stay resident year round inshore / nearshore , or what is their migration pattern ?

Luke Simonds

Correct, you cannot fillet a regulated fish while out on the water. I believe the rule for mackerel that are to be used as bait is that they must be kept whole in order to be able to prove that it’s legal to possess (aka – you can’t chunk it like you can with ladyfish and other non-regulated species).

I don’t know much about sharpnose sharks, but bonnetheads seem to stick around the bays all season long.

Scott Rispaud

What a fun way to catch sharks. We get them thick as thieves in the summer on the east coast but they have anywhere from 60-200 ft to go straight down. That makes it a lot less fun especially when it is not your target fish. We had 12 sharks that would not leave us alone. Everywhere we went it was crazy trying to get a target fish to the boat in one piece. Thanks for sharing the shallow water experience. That I would enjoy!

Luke Simonds

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Scott! Yes, those sharks that hang around the offshore reefs and wrecks can make it very tough for bottom fishing.

Scott Rispaud

We couldn’t boat a King, snapper, Bone head, or even a juvenile shark with out it being forfeited to the tax man.

Ron Vahey

Great video of your trip and catch Luke! Had to be an awesome feeling to catch the hammerhead!!! Way to go! Keep the videos, examples and instructions coming this way to us insiders!!! We land lock salt water fisherman, live through these videos until we can get to the water, thanks again and good luck this weekend on the water.

Luke Simonds

Thanks for making time to leave the nice comment Ron! Feedback like this gets us even more excited to create fun videos like this. Tight Lines!

Donald Cullen

Great video! I am headed to the Keys with by boat in a few weeks and am going to give this a try. Thanks so much!

Luke Simonds

Thanks Donald! Hope you have a blast down in the Keys.

Guy Leveille

Love!!!! Shark fishing!!! Nice job Capt Hollywood putting Luke on that Hammer! That was some great video! Thanks for sharing guys! Salt Strong!

Luke Simonds

Glad to see that you enjoyed this video Guy! Those sharks sure do fight hard… I was sort for a couple days after that trip.

Thomas Marks


Luke Simonds

Glad to see that you enjoyed this video!

Eric Black

That….. was…… AWESOME. Great footage and commentary. Thanks Capt. Mark. Luke, hope your bruise recovers soon!!

Luke Simonds

Thanks Eric! I definitely had some bruises after that hammerhead fight… such a strong fish!

Cody Selph

Great video fellas.. what a catch Luke!!!! Looked like a heck of a day filled with fun and memories.. Tight lines

Luke Simonds

Thanks Cody! The hammerhead coming into the slick was such an amazing experience.