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Hooking up

Forget catching sharks, how do we reel in more clients? Russell Conway shares his ideas

5 September 2011

We seem to be hearing a lot about sharks in the news recently, particularly the unpleasant incident where the couple in the Seychelles had their honeymoon prematurely ended by the groom being killed by one.

It is thought that the creature responsible for this appalling incident is a bull shark – an extremely aggressive shark that loiters in shallow waters and has an interesting biology which allows it to operate not only in salt water but also to saunter up inland rivers into fresh waters. Bull sharks are feared by freshwater fishermen and shellfish divers who are very aware of the dangers they present.

I was watching a programme recently about these animals and how they can be caught for research purposes. The hook used to catch them is rather ingenious; it is made up of a large piece of wire and a peculiarly shaped hook which is loaded with the appropriate bait (usually a large fish). The hook must be big but if it is too big the shark will not go for it and if it i...

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