Where to Catch a Shortfin Mako Shark in the Massachusetts Bay

Mako SharkDid you hear about the 805-pound shark that was caught by two lucky anglers the other day near Pensacola, Florida? Cousins Earnie and Joey Polk managed to catch an 11-foot shortfin mako shark! It’s one for the scrap book, for sure.

Shortfin mako sharks are the fastest sharks in the ocean and can swim up to 60 miles per hour in short bursts. They remind people of torpedoes, and can leap 30 feet out of the water. The thrill of trying to catch them gives many fishermen stories to tell back on land, for sure.

Primarily, the shortfin mako shark munches on cephalopods, as well as tunas and other bony fishes.  Their weight and length makes them above average in terms of size compared to other sharks, and they are also highly regarded for their intelligence.  This package of traits makes them an intriguing, yet sometimes elusive trophy for anglers to obtain.  More likely than not, you’ll never experience a fishing endeavor more exhilarating than the thrill of trying to catch a large shark.

Are you brave enough to fish for shortfin mako sharks? You’re in luck: Captain Don Campbell of Labrador Fishing Charters takes groups out on the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Massachusetts for guided shark fishing adventures from late July through late October. He’ll show you the way, and help you obtain a trophy you will not soon forget. Call him at 508-498-4716 to book your trip now, and good luck getting “the big one!”


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Written by Donald Campbell

Donald Campbell

Donald Campbell is the owner of Labrador Fishing Charters in Scituate MA. He has over 25 years experience in Commercial Fishing and offers the best in Tuna, Shark, Striped Bass & Cod Fishing on the Massachusetts coast.

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