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If you fish for sharks from land long enough you will one day see your line completely disappear from your spool.There are sharks out there in the oceans that are HUGE and very powerful and they are used to going wherever they want,when they want, so trying to stop one of these 500 or 1000 pound plus sharks is something you better prepare for.Most shark fisherman begin in this sport with a reel like a 4/0 or 6/0 ,then they decide they really want to get serious and they upgrade to the classic 9/0 thinking they are ready for King Kong ,,,,,,that is until King Kong comes along and burns them BAD!!!!The shark melts away the line in a matter of a few short minutes,the fisherman is left with a bewildered look on his face and suddenly realizes "I need a bigger reel" At this time the angler decides he will "make that damned shark STOP next time" so he decides to make an investment in a 12/0 or 14/0 or even a 16/0,,,,,,guess what folks, there are sharks out there that will laugh at these reels as well.Trust me folks if you are consistent in pursuing big sharks in the right places this will eventually be something you will have to deal with.Check out this angler and how it happened to him. If you want to be prepared for that eventuality we will teach you how to deal with it.You may fish for many years without a shark SPOOLING you, but you want to be ready when the moment arrives so it's better to take some steps --just in case.I think every big game angler dreams of catching that monster that will set him apart from the crowd .What Marlin fisherman would'nt want to catch a 1600 pound Blue Marlin ,or what tuna fisherman would'nt want to catch a 1500 pound Bluefin?Well if you're a land-based shark fisherman you know you would love to catch a 1300 pound Hammerhead or an 1800 pound Tiger shark so you can claim your World Record. Hammerhead World Record 1280 lbs -Bucky Dennis(2006) Tiger Shark World Record 1780 lbs-Walter Maxwell (1964) If that's something you think about you better understand that the odds are against you from land if you don't prepare correctly because you don't have the benefit of a boat so you can chase your fish to keep from getting spooled. The best way to stay attached to your shark without getting spooled is to make a serious of loops at the bottom of your reel when you are first spooling your reel with brand new line.Some fisherman prefer to use the thinner briaded lines to maximize line capacity on there shark reels and that's fine but even then at sometime you will get stripped so why not take preventive measures?You tie your knot at the bottom of your spool and after you have 20 feet of line on you make your first a loop then you make two more loops each one seperated by 5o feet more or less. When you are getting spooled, and you've tried stopping your shark by tightening your drag ,bending your rod till it feels like it going to snap and nothing seems to work and your knuckles are turning white and your knees are getting weak because you see it coming and there's nothing you can do,,,,,,,,,Now is the time you can breathe a little easier because you remembered that those loops will be coming thru any moment as the spool gets smaller. When you see that you will be getting spooled have a team mate ready with another rod.On that second rod you need to tie a small Sampo or any other well made snap swivel.At this point in the fight you need to be on your feet and walking backwards away from the waters edge to give your team mates enough space on land to succesfully tie in without having to do it while standing in the water.Once you see and feel the loop coming out your reel your other team mates have to be ready with the second rod and the snap swivel should be open. The second reel should have line of the same size (hopefully 130 lb test).The small snap swivel should fit thru all your guides without any trouble(ALWAYS test the swivel or snap swivel you will be using beforehand to make sure it slides through) What I do is I always keep a few snap swivels clipped on my 5 gallon "battle bucket"handle that I use to lug my rigs,pliers,gloves,etc,etc .Whenever I'm shark fishing that bucket is nearby every time(It's important to know exactly where the snap swivel is in case you need it in a hurry --especially at night). When the loop comes thru a second angler friend from your team grabs the line with gloves or a towel to keep pressure on the line as it slides out,a third person clips the snap swivel into the loop and quickly closes the clip and cuts your primary line below the loop and then the person with the gloves lets go and you are fighting the shark on the second reel.If you miss the first loop and the shark is still hauling A$$ well then you have two more loops coming your way so try again and have the gloved one apply more pressure next time. Once you tie in you feel relieved but the battle is merely half done now you have to continue to apply pressure.Try to be calm and feel through your line what the shark is doing.Stay focused and in tune to his every move.Is the shark swimming to the right?Is he swimming to the left?Is he swimming straight out away from you?If he swims to the right or left,instead of following him where he wants to go try staying put so you can apply pressure at a different angle that might make him turn.Trying different angles sometimes will make him swim in a way he is not used to and it will slow down the angry beast. Remember if you are using Monofilament there will be stretch in the line and the more line you have out the more the stretch and also more drag created on your line.The longer the battle the more chance you have of something going wrong so try to shorten the fight by staying busy and not allowing the big monster to recooperate his energy,,,,,keep him moving and if he slows down bend that rod and crank that handle so you can gain your line back as quickly as possible. Remember "Time is your enemy,stamina,determination and resolve your best friends". When you manage to turn the shark and you have started to gain your line back you will see the small snap swivel approaching the rod tip on the way in.You may decide to reel it into your reel if you have space to fit the extra line or you can recut the line while your friend with gloves holds it,and the other buddy threads the line back down your guides to retie on your original reel. There is a benefit of reeling the snap into your second reel because if your shark decides to make another blistering run you don't have to tie in a second time .Your team and there willingness to work hard will mean the difference between Good and Great.Practice while on the beach and you will master the technique. Good luck on the MONSTERS!!

This topic was modified 2 years ago by william

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Topic starter Posted : 02/19/2010 9:31 am
Prominent Member

Good tips WILL . thank you

Posted : 02/19/2010 11:21 am
clack clack clack
Noble Member

i seen it done the day shanon aka seaweed had king kong in delray i cant wait till i have to do it during the big hammer tourament

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Posted : 02/19/2010 2:48 pm
Bob Keyes
Eminent Member

Just an addition here. This is a complicated procedure!!!!!!!! YOU NEED TO PRACTICE IT WITH YOUR CREW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The tie in is fairly easy the recovery is not so easy. This is a good off season line change project. Take turns being the "landshark" and trying to escape before the others can make the tie in and recover to the original reel. A word of warning is in order here. pick your practice location carefuly this is prime Facebook and youtube stuff here! :o :shock:


Posted : 03/21/2011 9:28 am
Estimable Member

With steven and colby by my side, i know my team can accomplish this technique if it every comes down to it. It's a good thing we have u guys to give us tips and tricks. Thanks Will

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Posted : 03/21/2011 11:30 am
Trusted Member

What knot do you suggest for the loops? I'm running dracron main line. Thanks.

Posted : 05/18/2011 7:37 am
Sea Dweller
Active Member

First post here...

Have yet to even land a bonnet head, but I'm trying to soak up as much knowledge as I can...

For loops, are you guys just using the looper knot? I was trying to visualize how to do this without affecting the integrity of the line.

Thanks :-)

Posted : 06/11/2011 9:23 pm
Estimable Member

I just had to splice an Avet SX to a 4/0, because of the HUGE ray we snagged :shock: We pulled the hooks trying to beach it

Posted : 08/14/2011 7:33 pm
Devin from GBG
Eminent Member

Someone needs to make a video showing how to tie into your reel and also the whole " procedure"

Posted : 04/21/2013 7:04 pm
Active Member

I'm resurrecting this thread with the unanswered question; What methods are you guys using to make your loops?

Once you get bit, everything else is just another bait.

Posted : 08/11/2014 9:26 pm
Sea Dweller
Active Member

Still looking for some guidance on how to make these loops, if anyone is willing to share.


Posted : 04/20/2015 7:17 pm
Prominent Member Guest

I know this is an old thread but it's still as impact full as it was 13 years ago and no one answered the question on how to make the loops.

I bet mot just tie simple loops with the uni or figure of eight knot, which might work when usin' 130lb+ line on Senators with their low drags, but most now fish leverdrag 80ws, 130s, or the giant Everol 14/0(130 size) 18/0 and 20/0s with several times the amount of drag of the biggest Senator and with training and the help of a spotter it is possible to use 100lb+ from the beach, meanin' that all connections gonna be tested to their limit, in both: strenth and durability, that's why for me the only option for the loops are splices.

The way I create my spliced loops is to put a section of hollow core one or two sizes bigger than my mainlineon the bottom of my spool, dependin' on how far this hollow core opens I use eithe line the same size, or one size smaller and splice a normal loop, which then get's inserted into the line which is connected to the spool, obciously the needle goes in facin' away from the spool. now you have just the loop comin' out but your not done, cause when you'd sry to putt this loop through the guides or over an edge you'd just pull it out of the line it's inserted and your fish is gone, so you have to secure the splice right where the loops enters, the best is to use braid, riggin' floss works too(braid lasts much longer for this purpose), and do an 2-3 inch section of TIGHT half hitches, then use whatever finish you like and now you have an 90-100% strong loop that won't wear down, while most knots sadly pop at 25-30% of the line strenth when in an multi hour fight.
Also when attachin' your Topshot, splice hollow one size bigger then your Mainline in first, no splice is 100%, but this way you don't weaken the mainline.

Tight lines!

PS: I was wonderin' if maybe, just maybe this giant could've been one of the rare great whites instead of a hammer?

Posted : 11/03/2021 5:24 pm