As in my earlier post me and my son practice catch and release. While doing this we were informed by a member here about the apex predator tagging program. This is ran by NOAA out of New Jersey. We made the call and they sent us all the info plus the tags and dart tool. So now we tag and release all our sharks. The tags come with a card you fill out info on the shark and mail back to the program. Heres a pic.
One note on hooks. I never use light circle hooks anymore. These are 7/0 mutu light circle chunk hooks. I do like the size of these hooks and also do like the open gap the hook has. Hook ups were very easy with this hook but as the pic shows on large sharks they dont hold..
Here is some various rigs with brief explanations.
174lb solid wire, hook, aussie swivel.
10ft 480lb multistrand cable, swivels, 6ft 175lb multistrand cable,hook. This rig works well for monsters otherwise dont use. Smaller sharks wont go near it because of all the steel.
10ft 480lb multistrand cable hook swivel. Once again great for monsters but too much steel for anything else.
Various shark rigs ready and waiting.
I wrote this to try to help people with their rigs hopefully this 101 was helpful. I also showed many different rigs I use. So theres no wrong or right rig. Try many rigs and see what works for you and above all keep your lines tight and have fun cause thats what its all about!!!!