Sharks: tips for fishing and eating
Though known by some as demons of the deep, Mark Sampson believes sharks are majestic and awe-inspiring creatures, worthy adversaries for the adventurous angler and — if he’s to be believed — great eating.
In “Modern Sharking” ($19.95, Geared Up Publications, 2008), Sampson provides a comprehensive soup-to-nuts guide to sharking.
Beginning with anatomy and classification, Sampson tells you everything you need to know in order to catch these marine wonders. With helpful photographs, he moves methodically through such topics as chumming, bait, locations, tackle, fighting, landing and releasing, safety and, ultimately, how to bag the coveted trophy: a mounted shark’s jaw. Leaving nothing to waste, he even provides a handful of exotic shark recipes for the adventurous diner.
Mark Sampson has been sharking the deeps for more than 30 years and has guided other anglers to 17 IGFA world records. www.gupbooks.com
This article originally appeared in the May 2009 issue.