Alaska Shark Fishing
Lingcod & Rockfish
Are you looking to make your
ultimate Alaskan Adventure even more exciting? Then, you may
want to consider a SHARK HUNT!
First of all, click on the
title below and read all about the world record salmon shark
caught on board Alaska Wilderness Voyages!
HELPING HANDS SNATCH AWAY
WORLD RECORD FOR SHARK(PDF) written by Craig Medred.
It was published in the Anchorage
Daily News on August 27, 2006. It is a fantastic story
regarding one of our shark hunts in August of 2006.
The salmon shark, Lamna ditropis,
belongs to the family Lamnidae along with a few other well
known predators of the deep including the great white shark
and the mako shark. Like its relative the great white, salmon
sharks are giant, powerful, streamlined predators, and are
speculated to be one of the fastest ocean inhabitants.
One physiological adaptation
that makes salmon sharks so fast is that they are endothermic
and are believed to have the highest body temperature of all
sharks. Endothermy enables the muscles in salmon sharks to
contract faster. This not only increases their speed and agility
in cold water, but also enables them to accelerate quickly
and maintain an exceptionally high rate of speed over short
distances - in spite of their large size! This characteristic
has undoubtedly been a factor in their classification as an
ambush/pursuit predator – they can attack from below
and rely on speed and agility to catch their prey. Endothermy
is very rare in fish, and has been found only in tuna, billfishes
and lamnid sharks.
Salmon sharks average about
6-8 feet in length and weigh around 300-400 pounds but can
easily reach lengths of 10 feet and weigh more than 500 pounds.
Make no mistake – this is a shark hunt not a fishing
trip! Salmon shark are extremely powerful and will award the
angler with long, high speed runs, powerful dives and even
acrobatic leaps. Generally, it will take about 40-60 minutes
to land a salmon shark – but fight times will vary.
In order to better understand how much “fight”
a salmon shark can give, you need to have a good appreciation
of their power. We have had salmon shark break 130 pound test,
straighten 6 OD swivels and barrels, bite through stainless
steel cable leaders and snap a rod in half. We have witnessed
many tough fishermen bent over and grabbing the rail for stability
and a little help – even collapsing to their knees –
after they have successfully landed a salmon shark. Even out
of the water, salmon shark still can be quite powerful and
dangerous. Their commanding jaws will continue to snap shut
posthumously. Ultimately, they will provide you with the fight
of a lifetime and an experience you will talk about for years
Salmon shark – when properly
cared for by our excellent crew - is delicious. Generally,
our clients have compared its taste to be similar to that
of mako or swordfish. Of course, we also encourage catch and
release for those folks seeking the “thrill of the ride”
without procuring a plethora of shark meat!
Two key components in shark
fishing are location and "bite." Quite often, the
best locations for shark "hunting" are found in
very remote areas of Prince William Sound. Winning the fight
of a lifetime with a powerful salmon shark is an amazing experience,
but an exceptionally long boat ride out to the hunting grounds
and an exceptionally long boat ride back to harbor can add
up to a long, hard trip with more time spent traveling than
angling for salmon shark! In addition, when the bite is on,
IT IS ON! So obviously, you want to be at the hunting grounds
when the bite is on - not in transit. On board Miss Brizz,
we work hard to help you meet and exceed those two key components
of location and bite.
You can expect to anchor up
in a serene, beautiful bay right at the hunting grounds -
ensuring early morning "starts" and late evening
"quits" for shark hunting - no long transit times
since we will be on location. This allows us to be there when
the bite is on also - no time restrictions on getting back
to port! So, enjoy a leisurely breakfast in a beautiful bay,
fight sharks from morning until night - the choice is yours.
It just doesn't get any better!
For additional information,
and to obtain prices for shark hunts, please call us at 907-345-9353.