The family and I planned a small vacation to "The Cape" in which I planned to do some shark fishing with my uncles which required me to upgrade to heavier bowfishing gear that included carbon impregnated shafts with Innerloc Gator Grapple heads, 400# bowfishing line and increasing the weight on my Mission Craze Bowfishing rig to 50#.
We got all packed up Thursday night and made it to New Bedford, Mass. Friday morning where we toured the whaling museum and hit up some historic sites and such. We were set to leave the dock at 6am Saturday Morning, but I received a text from the Caption saying that he wanted to leave at 5am so we could get a head start on chumming before the other boats got out on the water for the shark tournament that was occurring the same day.
Watching the sunrise coming up over the North Atlantic while blowing across the waves came with an early morning chill and I was happy I packed a hoodie. Once we found ideal water temperatures we started to set out a chum slick that was composed of freshly ground haddock, frozen buckets of haddock (Chumsickles), and a rack of tuna that we had tied to the boat, which looking back on it, wasn't the best idea considering there are 18' 2800# Great Whites in the waters that JAWS made famous.
For bait, we took some 20-25" fish and filleted them. In order to control the depth of the bait, lead weights and balloons were attatched to the line in order to keep the bait weighted down, while the balloons were added to the line at either 30' or 50' to keep the bait suspended at different depths in the water column.
About an hour into the drift, we had a Mako approach the chum slick and I was able to take a perfect shot on him with the bow about 10' off the port side while standing up on the bow of the boat. I had upgraded my AMS bowfishing reel into the "BIG GAME" model so I could get total detachment of line from the reel because while shark bowfishing you tie into a deep sea rod for the fight, but having spined him, the fight was minimal.
We took pictures and then tail roped him and hung him off the side of the boat. In Massachusetts you have a 1 shark, per boat, per day limit so we put the bow away and kept to Rod/Reel fishing the rest of the day.