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Old 07-15-2013, 02:19 PM   #1
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Default My first shark! Okaloosa Island

Hit a couple ladyfish immediately and used for bait, had one hooked up for 20 min and he broke line. Threw out my shark rigs with and wasn't getting any bites... so I re-rigged my trusty ol surf rod with only a 1' wire leader and small 3/0 hook on 25# mono line. hahaha.

10 min later my rod bends over and the spooling begins. Managed to finally land my first black tip. Had to baby the drag of course. On Okaloosa island.

Also there was this guy out there with his wife that was trying to totally rain on my parade, as i'm catching him he's standing over me saying how he's caught hundreds of sharks, and mine was 'a baby'... and bla bla. total dbag. so buddy, if you are reading this, next time, please keep your trap shut and let the fisherman enjoy their catch instead of acting like a 'know it all'.
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:20 PM   #2
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oh yeah, i also caught a pompano too!
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:37 PM   #3
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Very nice job! And don't worry about that guy
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:38 PM   #4
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Nice catch! I would be so happy. I have been after them for a couple months now and I lost one at the beach. Other than that, no dice for me on the sharks.

Thanks for the report!
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Old 07-15-2013, 02:43 PM   #5
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Nice catch I have been wanting to try and catch one for a while just haven't made the time. I would be trilled to catch one that size
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Great 1st shark Red! Okaloosa has been producing some good looking sharks. The addiction begins!! Start practicing the Hi my name is Red and Im addicted to shark fishing!!! There is a Monday night support group at Navarre pier....... UGLY
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Nice shark! And ignore that guy, he's just looking for attention
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Congrats on the shark! You get all kinds of pros on the beach, I've noticed.
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Nice one. So many folks that fish with me want to catch a shark ... the first time. After one or two they get less interested. Those things just keep pulling.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:22 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the nice comments! Yeah, I didn't let that guy ruin my day, but you would think a fellow fisherman would know better. I have only been actually trying to catch sharks for a couple months now and every time i go, i get bites. Sometimes they will take the bait and drop it after 15 seconds, or they will break my line, etc. But everytime I go to the beach I at least 'hook' one. Anytime of the day too... 10am, noon...yesterday I caught that one around 5:30pm.

I usually get bloodline or scraps from seafood markets, but fresh caught ladyfish seems to work wonders, very bloody. I dont put em on whole, I just cut cross sectional chunks of em... about 4" each. I used to 'butterfly' them, but i dont do that anymore as it encourages smaller fish to rip the bait apart. There must be hundreds of sharks that cruise in between the first and second sand bars daily. They are everywhere! Good luck everyone!
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