|Leopards roam in competitive packs often resulting in simultaneous hookups.|
Although many anglers like to rig the entire midshipman, runt leopard sharks often grab the bait in the middle and then run off. You miss a fair number of strikes as a result. To minimize this problem, shark specialist Barry Canavero will cut his midshipmen into bite-size chunks and then rig them to a circle hook. His hookup ratio has increased as a result. Leopards will also readily take squid, surfperch, herring and anchovies, but they also have a sweet tooth for larger, oily baits. This can include any members of the tuna family and salmon. I've also had excellent results cutting American shad into two-inch chunks with the skin intact, and then impaling a couple of pieces onto a single hook. Leopards can easily chow down on these smaller tidbits, and once I see the rod tip dipping toward the water, I strike without showing mercy.