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Old 06-03-2013, 08:40 PM   #1
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I am going back down to my condo this week and wondering how the shark fishing has been out by the Hilton beach? I have never really caught any sharks out here but i want to try it this time i go down. Also im bringing my 21 ft deep-v boat this time keeping it at legendary. Any good news in the bay?
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:17 PM   #2
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might want to move this to the questions forum. there are plenty of threads in there about shark fishing and destin is a good spot.
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Old 06-07-2013, 12:44 AM   #3
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Just so you know, shark fishing is illegal from or within 2500 feet of the beach in SOUTH WALTON County..... I found this out the hard way 3 weeks ago, but luckily I got off pretty easy. The Hilton and of SanDestin Area is in South Walton. I was fishing for sharks from Grayton beach when the code enforcement truck payed me a visit. It's illegal to: blood bait, chum, or Intentionally fish for sharks from the shore. I personally don't care if you do or don't, but if Johnny Law dog payes you a visit, then tell him you are "red fishing" ;-)
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Just so you know, shark fishing is illegal from or within 2500 feet of the beach in SOUTH WALTON County..... I found this out the hard way 3 weeks ago, but luckily I got off pretty easy. The Hilton and of SanDestin Area is in South Walton. I was fishing for sharks from Grayton beach when the code enforcement truck payed me a visit. It's illegal to: blood bait, chum, or Intentionally fish for sharks from the shore. I personally don't care if you do or don't, but if Johnny Law dog payes you a visit, then tell him you are "red fishing" ;-)
When you say code enforcement who are you talking about? If you were fishing in Grayton state park then I know that is illegal. You cant shark fish from the beach at any state park in Florida. There is no law against shark fishing in walton county that I know. I have talked to FWC about this a few times and you can chum from the beach, IMO it's not necessary but it is legal. 2 hooks in the same bait and treble hooks are about the only thing that you can't do for sharks. As long as you follow the shark regulations regarding size and species you will be fine. I am not calling you a liar but more than likely it was a park ranger you spoke to even if you didnt go through the park and went out by red bar.
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When you say code enforcement who are you talking about? If you were fishing in Grayton state park then I know that is illegal. You cant shark fish from the beach at any state park in Florida. There is no law against shark fishing in walton county that I know. I have talked to FWC about this a few times and you can chum from the beach, IMO it's not necessary but it is legal. 2 hooks in the same bait and treble hooks are about the only thing that you can't do for sharks. As long as you follow the shark regulations regarding size and species you will be fine. I am not calling you a liar but more than likely it was a park ranger you spoke to even if you didnt go through the park and went out by red bar.
When I say code enforcement I mean that South Walton literally has a code enforcement truck that rides on the beach and patrols the local beaches. It's a white Toyota tundra that says "code enforcement" on it and has the south Walton logo on it. The officers name is Jeff Mcvay that patrols at night.
I was not at Grayton beach state park, I was on Grayton beach with my permitted vehicle. (Behind red bar)

http://www.co.walton.fl.us/DocumentC...Home/View/1366

Page 6 of 21 addresses fishing. Paragraph B specifically addresses shark fishing, blood baiting, and chumming. All definitions are at the top of page.

I was not aware of any rules against it either untill I was approached by Mr Mcvay that evening.
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Thanks for the info. Is using cut bait considerrd "blood-baiting"
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The article defines "Blood baiting" as using blood or bloody fish parts to attract sharks.
That definitely leaves room for interpretation, but I don't think it necessarily means cut bait. I personally think that if you were using bonito as cut bait, then that might be asking for trouble, but at the same time I don't think they can prove it or enforce it since the definition is a little "loose".
I definitely don't want you guys to think I am trying to be "forum police" and tell people what they can and can't do, I'm just advising to be careful in your wording if you encounter a L.E. officer while shark fishing in S. Walton.
To be honest I will probably fish again from the shores of S Walton with steel leader and 18/0 circle hooks, but I will be careful on what I say if confronted. With that said, I won't go to SanDestin Beach resort when there are 500 swimmers in the water on a busy weekend either. Gotta use common sense and courtesy to swimmers if your gonna do such a thing in a populated area.
Just remember You can't help what bites your bait. Good luck and tight lines!
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I hope you dont get the impression that I am fishing by 500 swimmers... I walk about a mile down the beach ans fish for reds... doesnt say that a 6ft shark moght pic up a nice piece of lady fish though
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Tons of sharks here in Crystal Beach.
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Where is that at? Sorry new to the area
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