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Surf Fishing


If you must bring a shark towards the beach to remove the hook, it is better than not doing it at all. In that case you can tail rope it, to reduce the chance of the fishing line breaking, increasing the chance of survival. Once you have removed the hook, walk the shark into the water head first if possible. Position yourself behind the pectoral fin while holding the dorsal fin if the water is deep enough to support the fish. Keep the shark pointed into the waves to allow water to circulate through the gills. Don't drag the shark backwards into the surf. When the shark shows signs of revival, move backwards toward the beach, sliding your hands backward along the body of the fish until you reach the tail with your hands. Give the tail a swat if you can safely do so and the shark should take off.


Make sure you never take your eyes off the shark after it has been released. Some times they will turn around or become disoriented, and you might need to attempt the release again. Some of these steps may not be suitable for larger sharks.


You will definitely need help with a shark over 7 feet. If you are afraid to remove the hook then at least try to cut the line as close to the shark as possible and use non-stainless steel hooks.  Remember, safety first. Don’t put yourself in harms way.