North Carolina Shark Fishing

This post has been provided by Bryan – a tried and true Virginia shark fisherman.

Cape Hatteras Light house which is called Cape Point, is one of the easiest places to shark fish and rated the best location to shark fish on the east coast due to the sand bars and the guts that run thru them. The sandbar runs off the north side of the point and continues around to the south side. At low tide, it runs out about 500 ft. When I first started out, I had no kayak, and low tide I was able to walk big tuna skirts out on the sand bar and heave over into the third gut, which drops off into about 12-25 ft.of water. I don’t recommend walking the bloody bait out if there are any sharks around. The best shark fishing experience I have had is anywhere from the beginning of June to the end of August and as far as my opinion, set up about 4 hours before dark and fish all night.

The best equipment for this location would be to use a reel that will hold upto 500 yards of 50 lb. test and a heavy action 5-7 foot rod. I generally use a 30 foot, 300 lb. stainless steel liter with a 10/0-14/0 hook(all depending on the size of fish that you are trying to catch), 5 foot up from the hook I use a 14 oz. breakaway sinker. The rip current off of the sandbar when the tides are returning can be a pain. What I mean by breakaway is when I am hooked up the sinker will break loose from the liter line and I am fighting all fish, no dead weight. I use this method for 4-8′ sharks and it has proven to be very productive for me. If your preference is surf casting versus kayaking the bait, then I would use a heavy action 12′ surf rod capable of throwing 6-14 oz. of lead. The reel would have to hold at least 350 yards of 30lb.test and the only surf casting reel that I know of is a diawa 50 sha. It’s got a heavy drag line and is built for durability. The only downfall I have about surf casting is trying to throw a monster chunk of bait, and at Cape Point, the sharks generally run 5-12 feet and it does not take long to spool a surf casting reel. That is why I recommend having your ducks in a row if you are planning to fish Cape Point for sharks. Good luck!

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  1. very Good article I use to Fish for Shark but even here the State make it hard on the fishermen its still fun to catch and Release some of the best fishing i ever done Thanks for the tips on leaders and equipment looks like i better up grade mine. I would Love to hear more from you for other fish I remember Fishing the BIG drum on Cape Hatteras years ago it was a Blast need to get back to the simple in life like surf fishing

  2. ive been shark fishing in maryland for years now and the fishing is great there are alot of different species such as tigers sandbars makos bulls whites spinners blacktips threshers and hammerheads. when i go fishing for sharks i use an okuma titus 50 with 1000 yards of 100 pound test powerpro braided line. I put that on a 6 foot profile gold series 30-80 pound class with retractible but and all stuart roller guides. Profile has the best products and the best costumer service. it is important that u have an all metal reel seat.

  3. Jim from Buckeye Country says

    The family and I have a beach house rented out for the second and third week of June this year (2017). The location is Emerald Isle, NC. Shark fishing? Damn straight. I love fishing, especially surf fishing. I am a lousy fisherman, but that does not deter my enthusiam. The glorious thing about fishing at the beach is I have always caught fish, daily. Have I ever caught a shark? Babies. This year will be different. Hopefully, transformational.

    Without getting into the horrendous details, I got very sick a few years ago. I lost my colon after a near death battle with ulcerative colitis. I had to wear a shit bag for a year. I shed 80 pounds. I underwent 7+ surgeries and have been knocked down a few pegs to be certain. Needless to say, my hunger for fulfillment is strong. I get a lot out of fishing. A week in Fort Walton Beach last summer did not yield much of a reward. I was too weak and seaweed was overabundant. This year should produce much different results as I am now equipped with some heavier weaponry and I have strength.

    I purchased a decent inflatable kayak ( Saturn OK420 ) for bait deployment beyond the breakers. I have also procured a Penn FTH60LW with what I believe will end up being a winner of a rod I stumbled upon via Amazon. The rod, a Fiblink, has an all metal reel seat, a 6′ solid glass blank, and stainless steel roller guides. The rod is rated at 30 to 80 pounds, heavy action. Oh! The rod is a two piece rod, connection made with a notched shaft into a threaded colllar ( stainless steel ). I need to nail down a suitable fighting belt/harness.

    I believe I have I pretty good foundation to work with. My two boys, ages 6 and 11, are chomping at the bit to get this adventure started. They’ll have to finish out the school year first, but time is getting short. We are quite excited. I found this site today. Awesome! Any insight, comments on my endeavor are welcome. I am going to go with braided line for sure, at least with the rig I described. I have a couple of other set ups for “smaller” species, but I am setting my sights on the apex predators. I’m not sure about bait. I will likely start off with 2 or 3 mullet, then move onto using what I’ve caught. Squid has always produced for me too.

    Thanks for this site.

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  5. John Piper says

    4 years ago,my brother,nephew and I decided we’d go fishing for shark.Having been to Hatteras quite a number of times and fished
    The Point on a number of occasions we planned a trip to fish the South Beach.Got some monster Penn reels,a wack of 80lb mono and some short 5’6″ rods that resembled tree trunks.Rented a 2 seater kayak on NC12.Packed a few beers,not too many and headed to the Point around 3:30 PM.Got set up and all comfortable and ready to go.There was a pretty stout swell running,decent waves.Anyhow,nephew and I were the engine and brother was in charge of lines,reels and sand spikes.We had got some small tuna heads at the Oregon Inlet fish cleaning station which we carefully packed into the little cubbyhole at the back of the kayak.I must tell you that my nephew is 38 years old,weighs 235 lbs and is strong as an ox.I am 70 years old,weigh 225 lbs and weak as a noodle.Anyhow,we flailed our way through the surf which is much more intimidating when you are sitting at water level than it is when you are standing on shore.After not too many minutes I relized that I was lookin up at my Nephew in the bow.Deducing that this wa not normal I started to investigate.Much to my chagrin and presumeably due to to the weight our kayak was carrying,we were in fact taking on water through the rear hatch into which we had placed three lines and three baits.As I came to that realization I noticed that my brother was flashing his lights,the signal to chuck our baits overboard.I said”Will,Tom is flashing his lights.”He said “chuck the baits.”I turned to drown the baits and with that,because of the shift in weight our kayak turned upside down.The water was a pleasant temperature.Everything else about our situation was unpleasant.Will led the bow and I followed with the stern.After getting our bearings,we determined that current and wind were taking us to the south east and that we should just clear the tip of the Point nicely.Next stop Africa.With some hard sidestroking we got the bow pointed in a friendlier direction and then somehow the near shore current changed.This gave us the opportunity to gather up the lines and baits of at least 25 fishermen and assemble them all in one neat pile,for easier sorting,as we stepped ashore to the cheers of the crowd.
    Actually everyone was fantastic and fed us burgers and beer for the remainder of the night.I have to mention especially a father and son team from Chicago in a beautiful,white 4×4 truck who took care of us better than our wives could or would have .They were so kind and consoling to us.Anyhow,the strangest thing is,in retrospect,we never gave any thought that we were swimming amongst sharks.It did put us off shark fishing for a time.
    So,forwarding a few years and the bug is biting again and I notice that the game seems to have changed dramatically and I feel that I should be buying an Avet MXL 6/4 raptor and a rod in the 10ft range.
    What I do have right now,before investing another ton of money for nought is a 12 ft Rainshadow that will throw 8-12 and a Daiwa Millionaire Tournament 7HT Mag or an extremely well built Abu 6500 that has been tricked out by Ryan White at Hatteras Jack’s.the Daiwa hols 516 yds. of 30lb braid and the Abu holds a little less.Do you guys think I could try with the rod and reel I have or am I going to a shoot out with a BB gun?
    Any and all of your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
    John Piper

    • Sorry,I did not finish my thought.Wife said dinner and some wine,so I went.So here we go to finish.
      I am thinking with the new braid and my experience with yaking bait out,that I would like to try throwing from the sand.
      The rod I have available is a Rainshadow RX7 Graphite Rod,SUR1567F 20-50 lb test line and it is designed to throw 5-10oz.I have thrown 8 and a 6oz chunck with no problems.Do you think this might work at the Point targeting 4 to 6 foot Bulls?If not what do you experienced people think?Not trying to set the world on fire,just an Old Phart wanting to have some fun.

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