Shark Fishing

When i go shark fishing I only catch catfish. I need help catching a shark over 100 pounds. what bait do i use were can i get it what are some good shark fishing beaches. what set up should I use. Any more info will help thanks. I also don't want to go farther north than tampa and farther south than fort myers.

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  • SeeingRedSeeingRed Posts: 312 Officer
    Summer is better for.shark fishing from the beach. Any oily fish works good. Bonita is a personal favotite. Sharks will eat anything but my all time favorite bait it stingray. The further out the baits are the better chance you have. We use 9/0 conventionals and paddle the baits out 200 yards or more. I cant help you with beaches as I only fish my local area. But sanibel island is always good.

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  • SwizzleSwizzle Posts: 534 Officer
    X2. I do fish beaches for sharks (not in your area) but i look for passes and fish just outside the pass on outgoing tides. This is when the bait washes into the trough on the beach. I fish by just casting from the beach with my daiwa 600h. I use ladyfish or bonita. Hope this helps. This is my best catch from the beach. 8a2apume.jpgazupymud.jpg

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  • SeeingRedSeeingRed Posts: 312 Officer
    Swizzle wrote: »
    X2. I do fish beaches for sharks (not in your area) but i look for passes and fish just outside the pass on outgoing tides. This is when the bait washes into the trough on the beach. I fish by just casting from the beach with my daiwa 600h. I use ladyfish or bonita. Hope this helps. This is my best catch from the beach. 8a2apume.jpgazupymud.jpg

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    Great catch man.

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  • ElementElement Posts: 1,749 Officer
    SeingRed What kind of leader setup do you use?
  • SeeingRedSeeingRed Posts: 312 Officer
    I make my own. I use 8ft 300lb braided coated cable. I attach an 6-8 oz egg sinker I secure with beads and crimps. I use 10/0 - 12/0 mustad or vmc hooks. I finish it off with a 300 barrel swivel.

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  • SwizzleSwizzle Posts: 534 Officer
    SeeingRed wrote: »
    I make my own. I use 8ft 300lb braided coated cable. I attach an 6-8 oz egg sinker I secure with beads and crimps. I use 10/0 - 12/0 mustad or vmc hooks. I finish it off with a 300 barrel swivel.

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    Jeez, are you fishing for Moby **** or what? Lol

    I use 10 or 12/0 hook, 3ft 160# non coated wire, haywire knot and a 200# swivel with a sliding 9oz weight.



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  • SeeingRedSeeingRed Posts: 312 Officer
    Swizzle wrote: »
    Jeez, are you fishing for Moby **** or what? Lol

    I use 10 or 12/0 hook, 3ft 160# non coated wire, haywire knot and a 200# swivel with a sliding 9oz weight.



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    It probably is a bit of overkill but id rather be safe than sorry lol

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  • SeeingRedSeeingRed Posts: 312 Officer
    Plus I fish near boca grand pass. In the summer its not uncommon to have 13 - 15 hammerheads in the area. Not that ive ever caught one near that big. But I want to be ready lol

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  • SwizzleSwizzle Posts: 534 Officer
    I hear that...

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  • ReelinrudyReelinrudy Posts: 294 Officer
    Your rig is certainly not overkill, in fact, it is lighter than what I use. I typically use 5' of 400lb wire twisted to a swivel, and then a 25' section of 400lb mono as an abrasion leader. I use either 12/0 "J" hooks or 20/0 circles. I don't know where you are located, but I fish the St. Petersburg area mostly. My favorite beach for sharking is Indian Rocks, but any beach you can find a good drop off or is close to a pass is generally a good bet. Passe-a-grille is another good option for beach fishing. If you want to fish bridges/piers, the Skyway, Ft. Desoto, Bunces Pass, the St. Pete pier, Longboat pass, and Tierra Verde are good bets. Keep in mind the inland piers/bridges are mostly bull shark spots, with the tigers and hammers being more beachside. I'd recommend whatever your heaviest rig is, preferably a 9/0 or up, but I have still landed decent sharks on 4/0's and heavy spin tackle, just dount count on landing anything too big. Are you surf casting or using big conventionals?
  • backcountrycreekbackcountrycreek Posts: 58 Deckhand
    big conventionals

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