I have spent the last 2 weeks fishing, Ether venice or stumps pass. out to 65 ft. Fishing was ok. Caught a couple of good mangroves.
My kids really like sharks. We caught plenty of smaller sharks on pin fish and 1 big **** nurse on cut bait. Every time I would put a bigger cut bait or live bait. I would get a goliath. I love goliaths, I built a rod just so I could **** em. But you can only catch so many before you are tired. I would like target bigger sharks. I have the equipment but in several years I have only caught 5 big sharks.
I tried to go to boca grand pass, but the only spot I know is the phosphate docks. Caught another goliath there. and a baby hammer.
But no luck for sharks.
Question is if I am out on the reefs how would you target larger sharks.
If I were fishing for large sharks, I'd fish near shore (i.e. inside the first sandbar) along the beach after dark with big baits like stingrays or cut jack. You'd be surprised how close to shore the big ones come after dark.
Now I don’t know if this is still legal because I haven’t fished for sharks in a very long time so you’d have to look into it, but what we used to do to weed out the smaller sharks was to use a whole blacknose shark, or blacktip shark as bait and deploy it off the beach using an inflatable raft or inner tube. The old timers I learned a lot about fishing from, they often used whole adult tarpon for bait, which you cannot do nowadays. One of them caught a nearly 13’ tiger shark using an entire 6’ tarpon as bait rigged with 3 16/0 mustad J hooks and tripled #20 malin wire. He waded the bait out just 30 yards from shore and dropped it just on the other side of the sandbar and hooked it a couple hours after sunrise after being out all evening. Another guy used to take whole 20-25 lb jack crevalles and tie them to his back with mono fishing line, free swim them out off a jetty and then cut the line with a knife once he got to the desired spot. So the basic idea is you want a large bait with durable meat that will withstand the gnawing of pests and smaller sharks having a go at it.