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Finding a shark fishing location isn’t really all that hard. The two most popular states to shark fish in are Florida and Texas since they have loads of both.
Florida leads the nation in shark bites because there are more sharks per capita than anywhere else, BUT just remember you’re more likely to get struck by lightning than you are to get bitten by a shark. shark bait
I was a weekend shark fisher so I was always having to catch my bait before I actually started fishing for sharks.
If it took me 3 hours to catch bait the morale was low. Finding a beach near an inlet or by some sort of structure can do wonders for bait and sharks.
Also find a power plant near the water. Power plants tend to cool their reactors with the ocean water and pump the warm water back into the ocean.
The outlets are usually several hundred feet offshore but the bait and shark fishing is second to none.
One word of caution when it comes to finding your perfect shark fishing location. Fishing for sharks when there are 100 people around is a bad idea.
Find a beach that doesn’t get a lot of traffic.
If you do have to fish in a very populated area my suggestion would to be fish early in the morning or in the evening when the majority of people haveleft the water.
If the shark you hook up with is larger than the tackle you’ll probably end up several hundred yards down the beach.
Florida shark fishing is the best kept non-secret in the world!
Don’t take my word for it… just look at the numbers!
Florida shark fishing and it’s network of fellow shark fishermen along the coast have more shark fishing posts than all other shark fishing sites in the world… combined!
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Rick De Paiva, a light-tackle guide and photographer, fishes for blacktips off the beaches near Fort Myers.
He targets the rough-skins near Spanish mackerel schools during the spring and fall runs. The best action happens in the fall, as waters start to cool.
“In the spring, it’s mostly tarpon migrating north along the coast with blacktips mixed in,” he says.
“During the fall, blacktips make up the majority of the southern migration with less tarpon mixed in.”
If the Spanish mackerel schools aren’t concentrated, he cuts up a bonito, barracuda or other fish and gets a chumslick going.
He likes an east wind at about 5 to 10 on the west coast. It flattens the surf and your chum slick flows offshore. Any shark migrating south runs through the slick.
For natural baits, he keeps the rigs simple and light. “My basic spinning setup is a 20-pound outfit with a medium-to-heavy, 7-to 8-foot rod coupled with a reel like a Daiwa 2600 or Cabo 60,” says De Paiva.
“Connect the main line to the leader with a swivel. For a leader, tie single-strand, 90-pound wire to 6/0 circle hook.”
Baits can be live threadfins, or chunks of mullet, ladyfish, mackerel or bonito. Even flies will work. “Get in those fishes’ faces,” warns Rick.
”Cast at their face; sharks are looking for that easy meal. Otherwise, the Spanish and bonito will get the fly or baitfish first.”
One tip, when using a whole fish as bait, is patience, Rick explains. “Sometimes the reel’s drag will start screaming after a take, but then suddenly stop. Usually, it’s not a ‘cut-off.’
The shark likely cut the bait in half. Wait; don’t reel in line. Most of the time that shark circles around and grabs the second portion, this time with the hook.” FS