Although the species of shark found and caught from Madeira’s prolific waters are many and varied, the commonest are the hammerhead shark, the blue shark and that most sporting of saltwater adversaries: the high jumping maki shark. The fish pressure that the shark receive, both from the anglers and commercial fishermen is minimal which leads us to believe that some truly outstanding catches are very much in the cards- In fact catches of over thirty shark in a a have already been made and in one day over 5 tons of shark were released giving some indication of the quality of sport to be expected.
The best time for shark fishing is generally from September to December. A bonus for those fishing during these months is that whilst it might not be “prime time” for the tuna fishing there is certainly a chance of catching tuna should the client wish to do so. As with the billfish caught we do like to return the sharks alive, unless ofcourse a record is at stake that the angler wishes to claim.