Among predatory sharks, tiger sharks, better known as Galeocerdo Cuvier are second only to great whites in the size department. They can get very large , up to 20 feet in lenth, half of which entails it’s strange caudal fin which is a large jutting backfin. They are usually found in the offshore but come in to feed in shallower waters in winter months, migrating up North in the summer.
Their normal prey includes smaller shark species and a variety of fish, dolphins, birds, turtles, crustaceans and squid. We are careful when fishing for Tigers, as they can become aggressive and ram your boat. We will chum for these sharks using ground up fish chum or a bunker chum which consists of oily fish. We fish with heavy leader of 10 to 15 feet and 100 lb. test monofilament and a wire leader. The usual hook size is 6/0 to 10/0. Heavy tackle is mandatory, as many shark anglers use the Penn International Reels with heavy shark or tuna rods. The Penn 50's or Penn 80's are popular for Tiger Sharks with a line test somewhere between 30 and 80 pound test.
These sharks are NT, (near threatened) and are prohibited to harvest. They give us a fight, we take some pictures and then release them back into the water.
Did you know?? Sharks are high in uric acid/ammonia concentration and if not cooked properly they can taste like urine.