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Shark fishing with live yellowfin tuna. NOT SO FUN!

Old 05-18-2016, 08:35 AM
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Went on a friends boat to fish the canyons off Lakaya this past weekend. Lost some quality Yellowfin tuna to sharks. Was a heartbreaker on a few especially the one in the photo. My first quality YFT. Still managed to land 6 and a half though. Great trip other than the live YFT fishing for sharks. We watched this one get bit in half 20 feet under the boat.

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Old 05-18-2016, 08:49 AM
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That sucks.
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I've never tried chunking for YFT and it sure looks like fun.

I can't help but wonder (based on all the reports) if the sharks aren't becoming "trained" to listen for and follow boats. Obviously the chunking draws them but it seems as though they are learning the behavior in hopes for an easy meal. No doubt they are also following the schools of fish as are Marlin.

I feel your pain on losing a nice fish.
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I've never tried chunking for YFT and it sure looks like fun.

I can't help but wonder (based on all the reports) if the sharks aren't becoming "trained" to listen for and follow boats. Obviously the chunking draws them but it seems as though they are learning the behavior in hopes for an easy meal. No doubt they are also following the schools of fish as are Marlin.

I feel your pain on losing a nice fish.
I can tell you that when I'm fishing the sharks park themselves under my boat and wait for us to bring the tuna to them. Thats why the last 100' is so important. Reel like hell and give the angler every opportunity to recover line quickly.
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Thought....

Isn't there anything that can be placed in the water that would ward off sharks?

Liquid repellent / Underwater speaker with noise they hate!
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Thought....

Isn't there anything that can be placed in the water that would ward off sharks?

Liquid repellent / Underwater speaker with noise they hate!
http://www.discovery.com/tv-shows/mythbusters/videos/shark-repellent-minimyth/


Tested and proven...may have to find some...found it.

http://repelsharks.com/repel-sharks-shark-deterrent-canister-2/

Next time I'm out there I'll spray some of this shiz on a rag and run it down off the deep drop rod if the sharks show up

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If it's just one or two, hook them, cut your line and tie them off to a cleat.
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Just curious, were you fishing at night? Did you have underwater lights on?
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Sorry for the loss, hate losing fish like that.

One suggestion I can think of is take the YFT that was already chomped on and when you hook into another use that chomped one on a rope to distract the shark hopefully away from the live one. If it doesnt work you still have the chomped YF but if it works you are then pulling in a live one and what else is left to be reused again of the other YFT.

Never tried it but just a thought.
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Sharks are fearless and relentless. You may want to use 80 lb class rods, reels and leader
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In harbour island the sharks are so thick we used 80's in the rod holder. You fish very high drag and pull a lot of hooks for sure. A fight with a 50lb fish only lasts a couple minutes. But they aren't as leader shy there so we fished 80lb flouro

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