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Best Fishing Line For Shark Fishing


Author: Bullbuster Team

Choosing Your Fishing Line For Shark Fishing



Shark Fishing


This article serves as a guide to choosing what fishing line you will need for shark fishing.  We will cover, how to spool your reel and what lines will work for different types of shark fishing and situations. 

Lines For Landbased Shark Fishing

There are two main factors to consider when choosing your lines for landbased shark fishing.  First, you must consider the type of shark you will be targeting and then you must consider the area you are fishing.  

Size Matters

We like to break down the sizes of sharks you can catch from land into three different size brackets.  Sharks in these size ranges require significantly different tackle. 



Monofilament Fishing Line For Shark Fishing

Sharks Up To 6 Feet

Sandbar Shark
Sandbar Shark caught by #BullbusterAmbassador Team South Florida Sharks

Mono: 20-50 Lb monofilament fishing line

Braid : 30-65 Lb braided fishing line

Sharks Under 10 Feet


Tiger Shark Landbased Shark Fishing
Tiger shark caught by #BullbusterAmbassador Team True Blue

Mono : 80-100 Lb monofilament fishing line

Braid: 80-Lb braided fishing line

Sharks  10 Ft + 


Hammerhead Shark
Hammerhead shark caught by #BullbusterAmbassador Team Ninja Sharkers

Mono: 125Lb -300 Lb monofilament fishing line

Braid: 130Lb -200 Lb braided fishing line

Location Location Location


Where To Shark Fish From The Beach

The area where you are fishing most often should influence how you spool your shark reels.  Below we cover a few scenarios that you should consider. 

Lots Of Reef Where You Fish

 If you often fish in places where there is a lot of reef, the last thing you want it your braid to touch the reef and break on jagged edges.  In this situation you want the braid to only cover the bottom 1/4 of your spool and to be used for EMERGENCY ONLY. 

Structure Such As Pilings & Crab Traps 

If you are fishing in an area where such as a pier or a bridge where there is lots of structure.  You are going to want to use heavier mono on your reel to improve its abrasion resistance. 

Open Sandy Beach 

If you are fishing an open sandy beach where even if there is reef its in really deep water, this is where you are going to want to PACK  THE BRAID ON!  This is a great spot for landing BIG sharks with ease since there is plenty of room to let them run.  In this situation you are going to want to fill 2/3 of your reel with braid. 

Choosing Your Line For Shark Fishing Offshore

One of the advantages of shark fishing offshore is that you can chase your shark.  Here the main factors for choosing the fishing line for your reel is going to be the size of the shark you are targeting and the depth of the water you are fishing in. 

Size Matters 

We like to break down the sizes of sharks you can catch offshore into three different size brackets.  Sharks in these size ranges require significantly different tackle. 

Sharks Under 6 Feet 

Mono: 20-30 Lb monofilament fishing line

Braid : 30-50 Lb braided fishing line

Sharks Under 10 Feet

Mono : 80-100 Lb monofilament fishing line

Braid: 65-100Lb braided fishing line

Sharks  10 Ft + 

Mono: 100-125Lb  Lb monofilament fishing line

Braid: 100-200 Lb braided fishing line

Depth Matters

The depth that you are fishing in matters for choosing your fishing lines, especially when it comes to line capacity. You want to fit enough line on your reel so that your fish is not able to spool you. If your are fishing in shallow waters this does not matter so much because you can chase the shark and stay on top of it.  

We recommend having a line capacity of at least 3 times the depth of the water.  In this way it is virtually impossible to get spooled.  The reason we recommend 3 times as much line as the depth is because it is not easy to stay RIGHT ON TOP of the fish and as more line goes out, even the slightest angle can add up!


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