Conway and Dave unload chum buckets from the back of the new F-150 at the start their shark fishing adventure with a trip to the fish procession plant. Fortunately, their truck is equipped with a bed liner, which makes cleanups easy.
Fresh bait is what brings the mako to the boat. The Five Star fish processing plant in San Diego is one of the area’s largest fish processors, so scraps are readily available for shark fisherman to use as chum.
Workers at Five Star wrestle with big tuna that have just come in off the boats. They will soon have these fish cleaned for sportfishing clients. Scraps from these fish will become Captian Dave’s chum.
This may look awful, but to a mako shark, this is the equivalent to 5-star dining. Once transferred to the chumming basket on the side of the boat, these scraps will send their scent deep into the water column, calling sharks up from miles away.
This may not look sophisticated, but it sure works. Chum dumped into this perforated garbage can will bring sharks calling at boat side in no time, placing them within easy casting distance of the fly angler.
A simple length of PVC pipe is used to mash the fish scraps in the chum baskets. Doing so sends tiny particles of fish and blood floating back, laying down a scent stream that makos follow just like a hound on a scent trail.
Here’s what you’re looking for—the knife-edged dorsal on an incoming mako shark. Get ready! Mako's can reach speeds up to 60mph and offer line burning action. While Mako's can reach 1,000 pounds, On The Fly Outfitters targets 100-200 pounders.