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Old 08-27-2012, 12:38 AM   #1
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Just moved to FWB, never really shark fished in FL so im not too sure on the regulations. In texas, we couldnt use kings for shark bait, but I hear it being used alot down here. Is it allowed? What about other gamefish?


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As long as the king is within regs you are good. Over 24" and no more than two per person.
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:02 AM   #3
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Spanish is good too.
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Thanks. Does that go for any gamefish, that's in the legal limit?
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I used to shark fish alot in the 70's and we tried using kingfish for bait on several occasions but most of the time it did not remain in the water very long before catfish and other fish devoured it. We stuck to bonita, jacks, stingrays, and barracudas. For some reason, they held up much better.
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Note, got a good talking to several years ago by the FWC, the point of the discussion was ----- "Any Regulated Specious" cannot be used for bait" don't get caught with 1/2 a Spanish because of the "must be landed whole" thing.....

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Old 08-27-2012, 12:13 PM   #7
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So Kings being regulated, cant be used?
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:04 PM   #8
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Ive caught a few sharks on King heads. Never used a whole or partial one. I have been told by the FWC as well. Any fish that has to be measured can not be used as bait. On the other hand I have never had to reel in my shark lines from the beach. I have had the most luck on bonita. I stick with what works for me.
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As many bluefish that folks have been catching, just get a few of them jokers.....or go buy a small bonita.... Depends on size shark you are targeting....Big Bait Big Fish....
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bonita and ray are the best dont get discourage if you dont catch anything right away. the bays at night are good for bull sharks and on the beach anything from a blacktip to a tiger is possible. fishing at night is your best bet and you will not have to deal with alot of people getting in your way.
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