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Old 06-18-2015, 04:00 PM   #1
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IMgoing to be in Ft Walton next week and want to get some shark fishing done "never been to the ocean" I was wondering if I could bring my bow and shoot some rays or mullet from the beach and use it as my bait. Also will the small rafts from Walmart work to carry bait out past the sandbars? Or will it be a horrible idea
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id say it depends on the waves? but id do it on one of those nice calm days..for gods sake be careful though dont be THAT idiot...as far as spear fishing from beach not sure on laws
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I have bowfished all my life just never at the beach I'm planning on finding a place that's secluded and get off by myself, don't wanna freak anybody out by walking around with a bow
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I can't say whether or not you are crazy , but the way that I interpret the law is that you are allowed to bowfish from the beach. Spearfishing is not allowed within 100 yards of the beach, but it sounds like they make a clear distinction between bowfishing (they call spearing) and spearfishing.

If you do decide to do it, please take pictures

You may NOT spearfish (excluding bowhunting and gigging) as described below:

Within 100 yards of a public swimming beach, any commercial or public fishing pier, or any part of a bridge from which public fishing is allowed.


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IMgoing to be in Ft Walton next week and want to get some shark fishing done "never been to the ocean" I was wondering if I could bring my bow and shoot some rays or mullet from the beach and use it as my bait. Also will the small rafts from Walmart work to carry bait out past the sandbars? Or will it be a horrible idea
First, I will say what I always say this time of the year. Please do not shark fish middle of the day around a million tourists, even if things go perfectly it can still give us a bad rep. Go at night and you are fine.

That being said, I wouldn't trust a raft like you are talking about. You would be a giant sail out there and those rafts are slow already, even in 5 mph winds it could turn out bad.

Others have answered the bow questions. If it were me I would just pick up a cheap gig and gig the rays, or I would hit up the charters/fish markets and get some free/cheap baits that way. Hit me up when you are going and I can more than likely help you out with gear, yak and baits.
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Id be interested in joining ya I live in ft Walton and have a setup. When ya going? And where ya staying? I have luck grabbing some mullet and getting them out there. Their like a buck at the seafood market
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I can't say whether or not you are crazy , but the way that I interpret the law is that you are allowed to bowfish from the beach. Spearfishing is not allowed within 100 yards of the beach, but it sounds like they make a clear distinction between bowfishing (they call spearing) and spearfishing.

If you do decide to do it, please take pictures

You may NOT spearfish (excluding bowhunting and gigging) as described below:

Within 100 yards of a public swimming beach, any commercial or public fishing pier, or any part of a bridge from which public fishing is allowed.


http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/r...onal/spearing/
That might be a "blurry" rule.
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