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Old 07-29-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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I have been trying to catch a shark for a couple months now and have lost a 5 footer at the beach and caught everything under the sun instead of a shark.

I convinced the GF to get up at 430 and be out a Johnsons Beach before the sun even begins to brighten the sky. I always love watching the beach wake up and seem to have much better luck in the early am than in the evening. One it started to get light, I tossed out a double dropper with fleas to try and catch some bait.

In no time, I pulled in two small bluefish on the same rig and I kayaked out one of them on my shark rig. About an hour went by and I caught a lady fish. I decided to cut it in half and I rigged up my surf pole with a shark leader and was only able to throw it about 15 yards off the shore because the weight just slid down the line. I was really just messing around with this rod and was eagerly awaiting to hear the clicker on my shark rig.

The fishing gods are funny because in literally 5 mins, the surf rod starts to get bent and line starts peeling off. I tightened the drag down and there was a bunch of splashing and the hook didnt set. I still had the lady head on it so i threw it out 15 yards again in the same spot. Didnt even make it back to my chair and it went again. This time I let it take it for a bit and tightened down. It ran straight along the shore and never went out.

10 min later I had it on the beach. Got the hook out and safely released it. I know its nothing special or big but it was still the first shark other than the little pups that will hit the double droppers that I have caught.

Still waiting for a decent one. Hopefully it will happen soon.



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Old 07-29-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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congrats on your catch! keep it up!
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Old 07-29-2013, 03:41 PM   #3
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Nice catch hope you keep after it and hook into the big one
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What kind of set up(rod+reel+hook size) were you using?
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What kind of set up(rod+reel+hook size) were you using?

For that shark it was caught on a 10ft Penn Prevail surf rod, Penn Sargus 7000 with 20lb mono. Hook was 9/0 circle with 7 strand leader.

My goal is to get around a 6 footer. That setup is Shimano Terramar Heavy rod, Diawa Sealine 30 with 300 yards of 65lb PP, 30 yards 80lb mono topshot.
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Nothing wrong with that fish. I'd love to catch a few that size. How far out are you taking the baits? I seemed to have better luck (faster hookups) using 1/2 a fish or a carcass than a whole fish. I'm guessing the blood is a lot easier to smell.
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:34 PM   #7
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Nothing wrong with that fish. I'd love to catch a few that size. How far out are you taking the baits? I seemed to have better luck (faster hookups) using 1/2 a fish or a carcass than a whole fish. I'm guessing the blood is a lot easier to smell.
I caught that literally 30 feet from shore. I kayak out past the 2nd bar too.
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Yea man... nice black tip! I caught my first one a few weeks back. just over 5 foot.. I was stoked. I didn't release him though, he made for some good steaks and fried shark nuggets! I had the same situation, the shark didn't touch my 'shark rigs', but instead hit my surf rod with 25 lb mono, only a 1' wire leader, and a 3/0 hook. had a chunck of ladyfish on there i just caught. they love ladyfish!
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I caught that literally 30 feet from shore. I kayak out past the 2nd bar too.
That's cool to know I caught some beast this year which was great, I wanted to catch a good eating size shark. My smallest one was 8'.
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Old 07-29-2013, 08:30 PM   #10
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nice little black tip. they taste great!

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That's cool to know I caught some beast this year which was great, I wanted to catch a good eating size shark. My smallest one was 8'.
what were they? got pics? report?... edit. nevermind. it was the hammers right?
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