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Old 06-03-2015, 10:23 PM   #1
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Hey guys,
I want to start targeting sharks at night and need input on a castable leader setup.
Right now I will be using a Penn Fierce 8000 on an Okuma longitude 11 foot heavy rod with 65 pound power pro and a mono shock leader.
I'm not targeting big fish and would be happy being able to land a 4 footer .
Anyone have input on a leader setup I can cast decently with this rig?
Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-04-2015, 12:43 AM   #2
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I've taken to tying directly (50# mono shock leader) onto a 100# snap swivel with a 4' length of 135# cable (double crimped) and anything from a 7/0 or 9/0 to a 16/0 circle depending on bait.
Pyramid or Spider weight clipped into the snap swivel.
I like a Mullet head or big chunk of Blue fish or Ladyfish.
I get a lot of Bull Reds a Rays hitting on this setup too.
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Thanks! That would be easy enough .
I have seen some elaborate rigs searching through some of the forums but was afraid with so many pieces of terminal tackle there were more possibilities of failures.
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As for your gear at will work on a 4 footer but anything bigger than that the drag/reel won't be able to hold up depending what type of shark it is. I have an eight foot rod with a spinfisher v 8500 and can cast a ten ft leader no problem. I Carolina rig the leader or use just a leader with no weight. Typically you use a leader at least the length of shark you're targeting to avoid tail whips. I usually use a 13/0-20/0 hook on a seven strand leader.

Casting a long leader takes practice but I get the walk the bait 30 feet or so from where I plan to cast, get a little running start and let the momentum of the bait do the rest of the work.
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Yeah,
I know the gear is a limiting factor and eventually I will find a conventional setup to use.
If I were able to go down there to fish more often I would buy a conventional sooner but as it stands I can only go once a month or so.
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You don't have to have a conventional just for casting baits.
I use two Penn 9500ss reels on 12' Heavy for big casting setups, these have handled 6 & 7' sharks.
Look at the FinNor Lethal 100 spinning reel, pair that with a Heavy 8-10' rod and anything up to 8' is in trouble.

If you do go conventional, you don't need to go really big, unless you want to do deep drops. A Penn 6/0 wide can handle 200 yard drops, and I've landed a 8'+ Hammer on mine. Of course a 9/0 or larger would be nice.
If you get into these, and yakking baits, go with a much shorter Stand-Up Boat rod, 5'-6', max 7', ya want leverage on the big boys.

Then of course you'll want a harness/plate....

Hehehehe, its an evil money draining addiction.
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That's what I need, another money sink lol.
I just bought a kayak but I'm not ready to start running baits out with it yet.
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As for your gear at will work on a 4 footer but anything bigger than that the drag/reel won't be able to hold up depending what type of shark it is.
I pulled in an 8 or 9 footer last year on a Penn Fierce 5000 on 65 PowerPro and a 8ft rod. It's all in how you play them and if they want to head to Cuba or Mexico. haha

I use about 6ft of 150-200lb coated steel leader with swivel/weight at top and 9/0-16/0 hook.
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I pulled in an 8 or 9 footer last year on a Penn Fierce 5000 on 65 PowerPro and a 8ft rod. It's all in how you play them and if they want to head to Cuba or Mexico. haha

I use about 6ft of 150-200lb coated steel leader with swivel/weight at top and 9/0-16/0 hook.
If a big one decides to head down to see the Castro family I will cut him loose.
I dont try to manhandle fish unless I need to get one out of structure/cover , I enjoy the fight. Thats the main reason I want to target some mid size sharks.
Thanks for all the tips , I need them.
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I pulled in an 8 or 9 footer last year on a Penn Fierce 5000 on 65 PowerPro and a 8ft rod. It's all in how you play them and if they want to head to Cuba or Mexico. haha

I use about 6ft of 150-200lb coated steel leader with swivel/weight at top and 9/0-16/0 hook.
If it's a smaller sandbar or black tip a fierce would be fine but when an angry bull gets your bait the felt drag washers won't hold up. If a shark cooperates than there isn't any problem with a fierce but when one doesn't it can mess up your reel a spool you quick.
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