What Is a Shark Grand Slam? Full Explanation

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A Shark Grand Slam involves the same angler catching three of the approved IGFA shark species in a single day.

The shark species approved by the International Game Fish Association for the shark slam are:

  • Blacktip Shark
  • Blue Shark
  • Bull Shark
  • Hammerhead Shark
  • Mako Shark
  • Porbeagle Shark
  • Thresher Shark
  • Tiger Shark
  • Tope Shark

As with all International game fish association grand slams, the fish must be caught and registered in line with IGFA regulations.

It is not necessary to kill the fish as IGFA encourages catch and release fishing.


Members of the Shark Grand Slam Club

The shark slam has proven to be a difficult club for anglers to enter, with only seven people achieving this fishing feat.

Hammerhead sharks featured in five of the seven slams, and bull sharks in four of the seven. Mako and Tope sharks also featured heavily.

Among the anglers to enter the Shark Grand Slam club is TV presenter and expert angler Robson Green, who achieved his shark slam in 2016 off San Diego, California. Robson caught a blue, mako, and hammerhead shark to make up his slam.

South Africa accounted for three of the slams, the US two of them, and the UK and New Zealand one each.

What About the Shark Super Grand Slam Club?

There’s only been one super grand slam for sharks. A super grand slam involves four of the shark species taken on a single day.

That slam was taken in March 2023 in Mossel Bay, South Africa. It included a hammerhead, tope, bull, and blacktip shark.

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Rick Wallace is a passionate angler and fly fisher whose work has appeared in fishing publications including FlyLife. He's appeared in fishing movies, founded a successful fishing site and spends every spare moment on the water.