Shark in Atlantic Canada, you ask? You betcha! Blue Shark, porbeagle, and even mako are caught every year in these parts. Although Blues are most common, the occasional porbeagle and mako enter our waters as the temperature becomes warmer, and I can attest to the fact that these shark are a handful! They range in size from a respectable 70 lbs, to 1000 lbs plus, and promise a fishing adventure like you've never had before!

A typical day of shark fishing begins early; before 6:00 a.m. The sun is usually just coming up as we head out past the mouth of the harbour. It is a peaceful way to wake up to what promises to be a very exciting day. We will head for one of a few of my favorite fishing areas and once on site, take a few minutes to get the bait and gear ready to go.

Once our chum slick begins, we are set. While we wait for 'the big ones', we bide our time with a little ground fishing. Cod, Haddock, Halibut and Red Fish are typical catches. (Halibut must be released due to the commercial fishery). This is the perfect time to have a few laughs and talk about the big one we hope doesn't get away. Sometimes it takes a couple of hours; sometimes only twenty minutes, but when those first fins start swimming around the boat, any idea of a 'relaxing' day are gone, and we must put our minds and bodies to the task of catching some serious shark!

FISH ON!" When you hear those words, the scramble begins. Who wants to fight this one? It could be just a little one, or it could be the fight of the day - you just never know.

Fighting a shark can take anywhere from 10 minutes, to 5 hours, depending on the size. After a respectable amount of time has passed, even the strongest man will, at times, hand over the rod to his buddy as their arms can feel like jello. My policy is that I personally never fight the shark. It is your dime, and your fishing time. Do you think you have the stamina?

When the shark is caught there is still alot of work to be done....everyone has a job to do on the boat if we are to successfully catch, measure, dehook, tag and release any shark successfully. There are usually some very good photo ops during this time and since we don't kill the shark, this is your opportunity for your photo 'trophy'.

The shark is then released. Blue Shark Fishing Charters is a catch and release operation. This is for legal reasons, as killing Blue Shark is illegal, as well as for conservation reasons. Shark are truly amazing and beautiful creatures and having an opportunity to catch, tag and release them is an incredible experience.

Blue Shark Fishing Charters uses leading edge Shimano rod and reel combinations. Fishing with light tackle provides the most thrilling fishing experience as the smaller gear is more sensitive and allows the angler to better 'feel' the fish.

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About The Author: Captain Art Gaetan

Company: Blue Shark Fishing Charters

Area Reporting: Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia Canada

Bio: You might say Captain Art Gaetan is an 'old salt', having spent most of his life on the water. As a young boy, he fished extensively with his father, a lobster fisherman from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. At the tender age of seventeen, Art joined the Canadian Navy, retiring after twenty years of service. Art has fished fresh and salt water species all over the world and is quick to say: "Atlantic Canada offers some of the most exciting saltwater fishing in the world and is arguably the best kept secret for the serious global angler." Art is Department of Transportation certified, and qualified in Marine Safety and CPR. He is currently a field tester for Shimano Canada's Saltwater Equipment Division.

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