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Old 06-17-2013, 10:02 AM   #1
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It's an inshore fishing question but spear fishing guys might be able to help me more than anything. We've been having a lot of very aggressive sharks messing with us while wade fishing. The fish are in a basket and about 10 feet away from us. They sit in a mesh laundry bag, don't thrash around and aren't bleeding for the most part. The sharks have no interest in us but we can't keep them off the fish. Despite stomping on the bottom and poking them with rods they come back over and over.

Anyone have a better way to deter them? We haven't any close calls but they have grabbed the baskets and thrashed around ripping them to shreds. Could end up bad eventually.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:08 AM   #2
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Fish hanging 10+ feet away from you will equal sharks taking your fish. When spearfishing, my buddies that would always hang their fish on a long line away from them would have their fish stolen and harassed by sharks. But I on the other hand keep my fish right on me and don't have a problem.
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I have a Shark Shield and it works well to keep the sharks away.
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I don't know if I'm quite brave enough to put the fish that close especially since we don't see them coming a lot of the time until they are right on us.

What have you found the effective range is on the shield? Curious if you could get protection of multiple guys out of one unit
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It is different keeping your fish close when diving and spearfishing as opposed to wadding in shallow grasses...all your gear and bubbles make you seem more intimidating underwater so the sharks are less apt to get in close to take your catch...but wadding your just a pair of legs or lower torso, not much to make the sharks think twice about investigating your fish...I have the same problem wadding for mullet, but I do keep my fish within 5ft. of me in a drag bag and just keep my eyes scanning the water around me...I have been stalked a few times but they don't go after me or my fish and I think it is because I keep it semi-close to myself...its really hit or miss on how hungry the shark is, and also if it keeps happening in the same spot you might be in a bull sharks "territory" for the moment...they get very aggressive if they are trolling a specific area for a long period of time, might have some juveniles it is protecting or something else...just my two cents, try keeping em close at first and if that seems too sketchy get a float and cooler! lol
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jham I think you are spot on that we are getting into a territory of a bull. One of the guys spotted a 7+ footer cruising but it never came near us. However, did have a shorter bull maybe 3-4' and 5' blacktip actually come in and check out the baskets. The bull was the one that attacked and wouldn't leave. I smacked the water one time on the black tip and it was gone.

It's become a pretty predictable pattern but it has never been like this in years of fishing the same areas. Every time the trout get hot the sharks roll in. They rarely touch our hooked fish that are thrashing all over but come straight for the floating baskets. And only the bulls hang around despite us doing everything we can to be intimidating.

We joke about getting some chain mail baskets and waders but it's getting close to being a real thing. I'm gonna bring a broom handle next time and see if hitting the water with something big will work better. Also if I can poke one with something a little more serious than a flexible rod tip. If that doesn't work we might start looking into shark shields. There is just nothing like wade fishing grass flats
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I would say rig a cooler to float, and maybe drill some holes in it if you wanna keep the fish alive
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I will gladly draggem and taggem for you! My 9/0 loves fighting big bulls and I will tell him to leave your fish alone when I let him go! UGLY
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Yeah we do use it as a culling system and this fishing in Mississippi so we can keep 15 trout so that'd have to be a stout cooler.

I've considered breaking out the big reels and having some fun one day, teach em a lesson.
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Yeah we do use it as a culling system and this fishing in Mississippi so we can keep 15 trout so that'd have to be a stout cooler.

I've considered breaking out the big reels and having some fun one day, teach em a lesson.
where you at in Mississippi? I'm in Biloxi and I'm always looking for someone to fish with? I don't mind fishing alone but when you skunked it's better to have someone to blame it on. ;-)
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