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Fly-Fishing for Sharks: An Angler's Journey Across America

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The other part of Captain Sampson’s talk was about fly fishing, another passion of his. He takes a lot of people on fly fishing excursions here in Delmarva and the Florida Keys. Many people like to fly fish for all kinds of saltwater fish and sharks are no exception. He had a video he showed us of a hammerhead shark taking a fly out at sea. Then we saw the video of the fly angler trying to reel a mako in, talk about a serious bend in a rod. It was an exciting time for that angler you could see that in the expression on his face. He had some footage of the first successful landing this mako on a fourteen weight fly rod. The captain takes many fly fishing trips for false albacore, and bonito right here in our waters. Mahi mahi is another fish commonly caught fly fishing in the open sea. He had some other videos he showed us of great whites that visited the boat during these excursions, and a picture of a twelve footer about a mile form the beach in Ocean City, MD. That picture brought up the tiger shark Septima that visited the Isle of Wight bay, what are the odds that a tagged shark would swim into the bay? Fly fishing for sharks is possible and looked like a lot of fun, now I just have to get the gear for one of these trips. Captain Mark Sampson did a great presentation last night, it was enjoyed by everyone, and very informative.

The waters around are extremely fertile – loaded not only with bonefish, but also mullet, jacks and countless other smaller critters. That means lots of food for sharks, which in turn means lots of sharks, which itself means that we like to fly fish for sharks.

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Fly fishing for sharks can be very difficult at times.

The most unusual piece of gear that you’ll need when fly fishing for sharks is also the most important – single strand wire leader. Sharks have really, really sharp teeth and really, really strong jaws. Coated, ‘knot-able’ braided wire that works fine for barracudas will not cut the mustard with sharks. You need to use the real deal – .

The most unusual piece of gear that you’ll need when fly fishing for sharks is also the most important – single strand wire leader. Sharks have really, really sharp teeth and really, really strong jaws. Coated, ‘knot-able’ braided wire that works fine for barracudas will not cut the mustard with sharks. You need to use the real deal – .