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Hello everyone,
This is my first Post here, but have read the forums for sometime.
Myself and my family will be visiting the Pensacoa/Santa Rosa area for vacation In June, really hoping to hook into sharks of any sort really.

Last time we were out, I managed to catch a very small one and im sure by pure luck (foot long) hoping for something a bit larger.

From what I understand, June is not really an opportune time for sharking, but can anyone suggest some decent places I might try? Im told squid is a good bait for them? I caught mine on some cutbait (cant recall what type of fish it was, purchased it from the baitshop)
But in catching mine, i couldnt keep the catfish off my line, wondering if theres a way or an area that I can avoid that?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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-Shawn
 

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I wouldn't use squid , use whole or half fish. If you have access to a boat go drift in the middle of Pensacola bay. If you are fishing from shore ,most anyplace along the beach will do but I prefer to fish close to the passes for them. Good luck.
 

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I'm Sorry, I should have been more specific, I will be fishing from shore.
Realtor, I didnt realize June was a good month, Ive read alot of places saying October was a "hot month" for them.
Glad to hear June is decent!
Thank you Grouperking, is there any preference of fish you find that seem to catch them? Any way of avoiding the catfish that pick it up almost instantly? "bigger bait??
Thank you all for your responses
 

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June is fine for catching sharks from the beach.

I would catch lady fish or bluefish in the surf and then use chunks of them. They like to eat what they are chasing in the surf already. Morning or late evening/after dark will work best.

Use chunks at least the size of your fist to avoid cats. I have never had to mess with a catfish while targeting sharks.
 

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We got more sharks than you can shake a stick at. Just about any salt water mudhole around here will more than likely hold a shark or two. I never target sharks myself, they are more of a nusiance to me than anything but i can tell you just fish for something else and you will catch a shark. They eat anything from sand fleas to dead cigar minners. but for bigger sharks use large whole fish with a big hook.
 

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Also you can use mullet , white trout, sting ray , and bonita. And by using larger pieces you will at least slow the catfish down.
 

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Fishing at night any fres debloody bait will work A live bluefish on a ballon is by far the best off the beach at night INMO
 

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Get with me closer to June and we will plan a trip. If I am not able to go for whatever reason, there are lots of sharkers on here and most would be happy to have you join. Just stay away from BeerItSelf if he invites you. He knows how to shark fish but those speedo's always make me nervous... ;o)
 

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Thank you very much for the kind responses everyone.
Devinsdad, I will definitely try to catch up to you once the time gets closer and hopefully we can hook up with some fish.

What type of hooks are preferred, I read that some prefer circle hooks, but others argued that they dont hook up as well, any suggestions?

Forgive all the questions, I'm a Minnesota Fisherman, and not very experienced with Ocean fishing.
Thank you
 

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Thank you everyone, this helps alot!
I am going to do some research on rods/reels.

Im running a pretty light setup, and dont want to spend a ton of money on the heavier stuff (until I permanently move down there) "future plans"!

I would assume a Heavy baitcaster is the way to go?
 

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To really get into in right, you can buy a good Penn 6/0 Senator setup used for around $100. I take the cheap way out and make my own leaders and have almost never had an issue with them. I use about 10' of wire leader with a heavy barrel swivel and an 18/0 circle hook.

We use a kayak at night to take the baits out and have had some pretty good success. Lots of waiting and hearing a buch of fish stories but always entertaining.
 

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if it was me i would charter fat jax to take me to learn how its done
and catch the big ones.

FAT JAX
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I actually looked his site, very reasonable prices, just trying to watch our money a bit, taking a family vacation these days ends up more expensive then I wish it was!

If I can get a charter I will definitely look him up, but for now I'm leaning more towards shore fishing.
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To really get into in right, you can buy a good Penn 6/0 Senator setup used for around $100. I take the cheap way out and make my own leaders and have almost never had an issue with them. I use about 10' of wire leader with a heavy barrel swivel and an 18/0 circle hook.

We use a kayak at night to take the baits out and have had some pretty good success. Lots of waiting and hearing a buch of fish stories but always entertaining.
Thats not bad at all, I will definitely look into getting into something like that prior to the trip. Will I need a Kayak to catch them, I see alot of people using them to get the bait out, are my chances a lot more slim without it I suppose?

Also, question, Is a 10' leader pretty much the standard? Is that long of a leader required? thinking I wont really be able to cast that out and it may need to be dropped out with that long of a leader.
 

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Sharks

Just a suggestion but if you stuff your baits in panty hose it helps keep the catfish and crabs from destroying your bait. It won't slow the sharks down. This really does work. I have done it many times back in the day when I used to shark fish off Pensacola Pier in the late 70's and early 80's.
 
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