" Tope and Surdog fishing"

 Fishing for Tope(15-75lb) and spurdogs(7-24lb) make up the bulk of the shark fishing from Portpatrick.

Tope swim in small packs in relation to their individual weights and it is not unusual to catch upto 10 in a day if they move into your selected fishing area.

Spurdogs swim in massive packs(normally!) and its not unusual to catch upto 150 in a day and its quite likely that they will all be into double figures.We have landed many over the Scottish record and the best to date is 24lbs.

Standard 30-50lb class gear will suffice with a single flowing hooktrace.I dont use wire traces and find that both sharks will bite through nylon under 150lb strength.150lb-250lb mono will work,combined with 6/0-8/0 hooks.

Bullhuss (5-22lb) can also be caught at the same time using the same methods and same bait .

Most succesful baits are mackerel(dead or alive!),whiting flapper

and Octopus or big dirty squid 




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