1) Rigging your line. You’ll want to rig your line with a double drop leader. Basically it’s a 2 hook rig with a clip for a weight at the very bottom of the rig.
This way when your fishing the weight is in the sand and your line is pulled tight, so the hooks are dangling in the water.
A good hook size for this rig really depends on what type of bait your using to catch your shark bait.
For shrimp, squid, or fish bites you’ll want to use a good 2/0 hook.
If you’re using mullet or other live or cut bait consider using a3/0 or 4/0 hook.
Generally speaking you’re going to catch much larger and gamier fish with this type of bait such as blue runners or jacks.
2) Casting Net.Throwing a cast net really takes a little while to learn to throw, so don’t get frustrated.
Anyone trying to learn to throw a cast net to stay out of the water.
Practice dozens of throws in your backyard in the grass, and then before making your first throw in the water,practice in the sand. Once you can get a 5′ - 10′ range and the net opens up wide you’re ready to start hunting bait.
A trained eye can see bait skimming just under the waters surface. A good pair of polarized sunglasses help a lot, but are not mandatory. You’ll see little “V”s on top of the water. You want to try to get in front of them and let them swim into your range.
Stay very still and be patient. Live bait is the absolutely best way to catch perfect shark bait. Some also have had great luck blind cast netting in the water. I hope you’re in shape if you employ this method as it’s very tiring.
3) Check the forums. There are loads of forums and fishing sites around where you may be able to find someone kind enough to supply you with extra shark bait.
Shark fishermen catch loads of bait in a day and will freeze them. Fresh bait is always best but when you’re trying to increase your chances of catching a shark you want to have anything in the water.
I’m not totally sure the best place to catch Bonito as I’ve never caught one. I know tons of this fish are caught offshore I’m just not sure if they can be had from the beaches.
I have seen these guys in the freezer at bait shops. Consider yourself lucky if you can use the bonito as shark bait.
Jacks can be had from the shore. These guys are pound for pound one of the funnest fish to catch. They’ll put up a great fight and then make terrific shark bait. Live mullet or other live bait are great for Jacks.
Ladyfish are touted as mini-Tarpon and for good reason. They jump like crazy and put up a great fight. Shrimp, fish bits, squid and artificial's are great for catching ladyfish.
I’ve had great luck on the Atlantic fishing for Blue Runners.Liveor cut mullet seem to be their meal of choice. Puts up a pretty goodfight
Whiting primarily feast upon shrimp or sand fleas. The bull whiting are pretty fun to catch, but anything smaller can be tough to determine if you’ve even got a bite especially with the waves. These guys should be your last choice for shark bait. Something is always better than nothing.
The intercoastal and bay waters of central Florida are teeming with stingrays. I’ve used them as shark bait but with very little luck. I’ve read many reports of folks in TX catching monster sharks on whole rays.
Casting shark bait can be quite difficult since you’ve got to throw a pound or more of shark bait that is connected to a 6′ leader with an 8 oz. leader.
What you need to remember is that sharks have an incredible sense of smell and have no problem coming into waste deep water.
If you can only cast your shark bait 10-15 yards don’t worry.Walk it out as far as you can, just make sure you are in the gut (between sandbars).
Once you get good at casting you should be able to throw a hunk of shark bait 30-40 yards.
Remember a 6oz weight and a 20-30oz hunk of meat weighs alot! You’ll eventually get the hang of it and it will be quite easy to cast.
If you have major issues with casting I have another suggestion.Loosen the drag as light as it will go and throw it has hard as you can.
With the drag enabled at all times it will not birds nest at all. I'm sure this is not good for your reel, so it’s best to learn to cast properly.
One other safety concern to mention when casting shark bait.Whenyour heaving a ton of weight from the end of the pole the line as a tendency to slip in your fingers.
You can get a deep cut on your fingers if this happens. Consider using some surgical tubing or cut-resistance gloves when casting.
There is nothing worse than nursing a deep wound when you’re going to be on the beach all day.
Kayaking your shark bait is the best way to haul out those large baits.
you get serious about shark fishing and buy a extra large reel you can haul out your baits several hundred yards and go for the big boys. Additionally they are quite fun to play in the waves when the fishing is slow.
Once you’re happy with your placement you can walk back to the beach and place your rod in a holder.
I recommend a 2-3″� PVC type rod holder about 4-5′ long. This will keep your reel out of the sand and the corrosive salt water.
Also having the rod this high will keep the line out of the sand therefore prolonging the life of your main line.
Once its in the rod holder be sure to loosen your drag. You want it tight enough so the waves don’t pull it out, and loose enough that a sharkwon’t realize he just picked up a dinner.