Hammerhead Sharks are a strange looking with its hammer type looking head, but very tough fighting Shark
How To Identify:
Hammerhead sharks are (as a group) easily distinguished to other sharks by the hammer like head they have. Their eyes are positioned at the ends of this hammer like protrusion. The body of Hammerheads is generally a dark grey to brown above and lighter on the sides with a cream belly. Depending on the species they can grow to almost 6 meters and 580 kgs.
How To Catch:
Hammerhead Sharks can be caught in a similar fashion to fishing for Marlin. As with all sharks they respond well to a berly or chum mixture of small fish pieces mixed with fish oil. Baits include whole oily fish or fillets of oily fish, for example tuna, trevally or mullet. Often also chased by Land Based Game Anglers where large baits are floated out under a balloon rig.
The Hammerhead Shark is found around the world, with some species limited to certain areas. They mostly live in shallow waters along coast lines, bays, harbours and estuaries where the water is calm and they prefer a sandy type bottom. In Australia they occur right around the entire country. In New Zealand they are found right around the entire country.