Roop, At times a shotgun is the way to go, especially if you get into a mako. That is a fish that you don't want to mess with in close quarters, they are dangerous and unpredictable.:eyecrazy: They have been known to jump into the boat.
If I went out often, which I don't, I would get myself a stainless steel black powder revolver.
At least here in RI one doesn't need a permit.