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Old 04-18-2012, 06:44 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

Like many of my brethren around here, I have the desire to fish for shark. However, before I progress up the food chain and haul monsters out of the surf, I want to fish for something I can put on the table - little blacktips or bonnetheads. I'm also a bit of a foodie, so I'm looking forward to this.

Anyway, I've been doing a lot of reading about the requirements and the tackle, and I've come up with 2 questions that I can nail down answers to.

1) For SMALL shark fishing 2 to 4 feet, what kind of hook would be best? I'm thinking something in the 10 or 11/0 circle hook range, a 4 ft. wire leader, 50 yard / 50lb test top shot, and then 30lb braid on a spinning or heavy baitcasting reel. Does this sound close to right?

Now, here's why I suggest that - I'm going to be surf fishing (obviously, hence the forum) without a kayak, ski, or any way to really get baits 400 yards out. Question 2) with a mono topshot and a 4 ft wire leader, how does one go about CASTING a shark rig? I can see big barrel swivels catching rod eyes and taking out seagulls flying around. So - how is this done? Thanks, guys!

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Old 04-18-2012, 07:01 PM   #2
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For the topshot just connect it to the braid w/ an albright knot, then reel it onto the reel (no swivel), and I use 9/0 owner circle hooks and love them.. A 4 ft leader shouldn't be that bad to cast after that..
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Old 04-18-2012, 07:13 PM   #3
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If you are strictly targeting that size shark, casting it a long ways isn't that important. If you can get it into the trough in front of the sandbar, there are plenty of those guys in that area, plus some bigger ones. What Penn said as far as the top shot if you are going to use one, but for that application I think just braid to wire would be fine. I'm no expert but I have caught plenty of sharks, both big and small. For sharks that size, a slab of bonita about half the size of your hand should do, and I would go a little smaller on the hook size with about a 5/0 or 6/0 because of the smaller bait. I'm also a fan of the seven strand wire because it performs more like a fishing line than wire. Just my .02
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:46 PM   #4
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Where would one get a slab of bonita?
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Old 04-22-2012, 12:01 AM   #5
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The shoal just west of the pass is FULL of small sharks. Anchor up, chunk up some chum, put a big ole piece of something dead on the bottom, then put a big ole hunk of something dead on a balloon so it stays near the top. You can WATCH the smaller blacktip and spinner sharks come up and take the bait.

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Old 04-22-2012, 03:59 AM   #6
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Tight Lines has tons of bonita right now ranging from 1lb up to 15lbs... Just get one and use it as you need it.
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Old 04-22-2012, 09:47 PM   #7
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The shoal just west of the pass is FULL of small sharks. Anchor up, chunk up some chum, put a big ole piece of something dead on the bottom, then put a big ole hunk of something dead on a balloon so it stays near the top. You can WATCH the smaller blacktip and spinner sharks come up and take the bait.

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Old 04-22-2012, 10:01 PM   #8
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http://myfwc.com/media/2075522/saltw...ions_chart.pdf

Just a little FYI for you, don't get caught with a short shark.....
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http://myfwc.com/media/2075522/saltw...ions_chart.pdf

Just a little FYI for you, don't get caught with a short shark.....

Already have it printed out. Thanks though.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:44 PM   #10
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I have gone to Florida for night time kayak fishing. I caught many beautiful fishes. You guys go there and have fun.
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