I am a new member but I have been fishing in the region for years. Mainly in Captiva and Sanibel.
I was on Little Gasparilla Island for New Years and the fishing was poor due to red tide and somewhat cooler weather. The four days after New Years was pleasant and finally got into some fish back in the bay. Several rat reds, about ten ladyfish, couple of blues, a flounder and a snook on the last day. The main baits were root beer swimbaits, mirrodines, and gulp shrimp (New Penny).
I decided to fish off the beach at night with the ladyfish in hopes of catching a shark or a bull red. It was my last day at the beach before I had to return to Boston, so I figured I'd enjoy the weather at least. After about 30 minutes with bait in the water my Stradic 8000 went off and 50 minutes later I had this shark on the beach.
After a quick photoshoot, I successfully released it back into the gulf. I look forward to posting more photos in the future.