The trick is to have enough line to get the bait out to the 2nd sandbar and still have enough left to fight the fish with. I assume you want to target the big boys? As far as leaders go I'd say go long on the beach that way you'll have some room to work with the fish once you get em up close. I'd say 12 - 15ft around 200# wire or better with the plastic coating if you can find it. I've seen several sharks drop the bait because I believe they can taste that metal leader wire. Thier sensory organs all work off of electrical impulses and metal will effect those senses. Use a good fairly large circle hook the monster sized hooks are not needed. Theres alot more that goes into beach fishing for sharks but that will get you started in the tackle department. There are lots of methods for getting the bait out, holding the bait down, what kind of bait to use, best time to go etc etc etc. We use 9/0 - 16/0 Penn reels stout rods an usually yak out the baits. Lots of different technics just gotta read up a little. Try southfloridasharkclub.com it give some ideas there is also some Texas boys on here that seem to know what time it is....... Might want to google texassharkfishing just to see what comes up.
Thanksfor the help, it's great to have local knowledge like this accessible from a computer here in Echo,Alabama. When me and my son catch a shark we'll have to post some pics. Thanks again. Oh yeah those Texas guys got it going on too.PCsurffisher (3/3/2010)I want to do some shark fishing from the surf and was looking for some help on how to make the best rig I can. I know ya'll have a shark tourn. every year.:bowdown Thanks for your help.