Blue Shark, one of our biggest and most exciting summer visitors are common off the South East coast.
They can be expected from mid June through to the end of September; they are however sensitive to the water temperature, so their stay with us varies according to the weather we get during the year. As a rough guide to the most likely time, it would normally be from mid July to end of September.
On the other hand, the less talked of short fin Mako is also reported to frequent Irelands temperate waters when tracking the Gulf Stream,
There are no recorded catches of Makos in Irish waters to date,but local knowledge to hand suggests otherwise! To this end with current sea temperature rise and increasing occurences of tuna species in Irish waters who knows what else lies beneath on their trail.
In this regard The Avoca will not shy away from any such challenge and is ready to the assume the role as bait station to any would be lurking MAKO. Food for thought is that if the bait is not in the water then don't expect a Mako to turn up. With the shark anglers commonly regarding mackeral baits as a little on the small side for Mako's, given the now more readily available tuna offerings from the local fish markets, the Mako challenge is nowtruely ON!!
Suggested tackle is at a minimum a good quality rod and reel in the 50lbs class.
The line should be either good condition 50lbs Mono or Dacron. Superbraids need to go very heavier, ie 80lbs or more.The end tackle is naturally also very important given the razorlike shark' teeth.
The trace should be ballpark 12 feet (3.5 metres) long and made of braided stainless steel wire, Not PVC. It should have 3 swivels at regular intervals attached with crimp and offshore knot. A size 10/0 bronze or stainless hook provides the business end of things.
As the bait is suspended at about 40 feet from the surface, a balloon is typically used for a float. It is attached to the main line by means of a small plastic boom and power gum stop knot with this having the advantage of releasing the balloon when a fish strikes.