Catching Mako Sharks
Fishing for mako sharks, there are 2 species of Mako’s short fin and the long fin. The short fin Mako they are also known as blue pointer or mackerel sharks. Short fin Mako sharks are found all around Australia and can grow up to 15 feet in length and weight 800kg. They can reach speeds of 70 km hour and can jump up to 7 metres out of the water with a sudden explosive power.
Feeding Habits, baits, berlie and rigs to use
Mako sharks feed on tuna, swordfish, sea turtles, seabirds, bonito, mackerels and other sharks. Live bonito mac tuna or striped nannygai under a balloon you can even fillet the bonito or tunas to use as baits. I like filleting one side of bonito, mac or a striped tuna and put multiple cuts through the fillet and attached the fillet to the boat with fishing line. I use about 5 of the bodies, and with the fillets I cut them into good size cubes and throw them over boards on the drift. The rig I use 2 metres of 150 pound wire trace with size 7/0 or 8/0 twin shackled hooks with 50lb mono line and a size 6 stainless dual; rotation ball bearing snap swivel.
The Hook up
When fishing for mako sharks the hook up to feel the explosive power is incredible even jumping out of the water to try and shake the hook. But be careful when fishing for mako sharks as they are known to jump on board of boats and can cause a heap of damage to boats. The damage it will cause to human life due to the thrashing and their razor sharp teeth if a person get bitten. Extreme caution should be taken when catching these predators of the sea. If you intend on eating the shark believe 6 ft and under is best as the mercury build up increases when they get big.