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mako shortfin shark - midwater picture

Shortfin Mako Shark, Isurus oxyrhincus

Irish Record Fish: none listed none listed
Boat Specimen: 200 lbs  90.72 kgs
Shore Specimen: 50 lbs  22.68 kgs
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Introduction: The Shortfin Mako Shark is found but rarely caught on a regular basis in Irish oceanic waters.  It may show up in the late summer, given it is a tropical and temperate water species.  The Shortfin Mako only the thrid species in Irish waters capable of exceeding 450 kgs (1000 lbs) in weight, the others being the Thitail Thresher Shark and the Blue Fin Tuna (aka Tunny).  The Mako is considered the fastest swimming shark in the world.  It will leap out of the water when hooked but it is also responsible for loss of life, including unprovoked attacks on swimmers and boats.  These massive sharks are rarely found in waters less than 16 degrees celcius, so you would be advised to seek them in deeper waters around the south and west coasts after July.  These predators follow the Gulf Stream across the Atlantic. Irish oceanic waters, from Wexford around up to Donegal can reach 16 celcius by June and will stay at or above this temperature right the way through to as late as November.

Boat tactics: A 30 lbs rod and reel is a must for mako shark fishing, in fact a move up to an even stronger rig, up to 130 lb IGFA standards, is recommended.  Wire trace is essential and the standard shark bait of a full mackerel is a bit on small side - Mako will regularly feed on bonito and small tuna.  It is posisble with the advent of tuna fishing along Ireland's west coast, and in particular the long distance overnight trips available from skippers like Derek Noble in Co. Kerry, that a record Mako over 91 kilos (200 lbs) will soon be captured. 

Shore tactics: Do you want to see one of these massive sharks near the shore!  Screaming blue harpies!