Shark Bait

There are several different ways to get a hold of some decent shark bait. The worst feeling in the world for a beach shark fisherman is showing up at the beach with all your brand new shark gear and not knowing if you’ll be able to catch shark bait. Here are the 3 best ways to find shark bait for you next sharking trip.

Catching Shark Bait

Using lightweight tackle or your spinning rod discussed in the Shark Fishing Gear section are perfect for fishing for shark bait. You’ll want to rig your line with a double drop leader. Basically it’s a 2 hook rig with a clip for a weight at the very bottom of the rig. This way when your fishing the weight is in the sand and your line is pulled tight, so the hooks are dangling in the water. Now if you get a bite you’ll see it on your pole instead just losing your bait. A good hook size for this rig really depends on what type of bait your using to catch your shark bait. For shrimp, squid, or fishbites you’ll want to use a good 2/0 hook. If you’re using mullet or other live or cut bait consider using a 3/0 or 4/0 hook. Generally speaking you’re going to catch much larger and gamier fish with this type of bait such as blue runners or jacks.

Luke Traylor with a Blacktip

One other method to catching bait and/or shark bait is the cast net. Throwing a cast net really takes a little while to learn to throw, so don’t get frustrated. I tell anyone trying to learn to throw a cast net to stay out of the water. Practice dozens of throws in your backyard in the grass, and then before making your first throw in the water, practice in the sand. Once you can get a 5′ – 10′ range and the net opens up wide you’re ready to start hunting bait. A trained eye can see bait skimming just under the waters surface. A good pair of polarized sunglasses help a lot, but are not mandatory. You’ll see little “V”s on top of the water. You want to try to get in front of them and let them swim into your range. Stay very still and be patient. Live bait is the absolutely best way to catch perfect shark bait. Some also have had great luck blind cast netting in the water. I hope you’re in shape if you employ this method as it’s very tiring.

Begging for Shark Bait

There are loads of forums and fishing sites around where you may be able to find someone kind enough to supply you with extra shark bait. Lots of shark fishers catch loads of bait in a day and will freeze them. Fresh bait is always best but when you’re trying to increase your chances of catching a shark you want to have anything in the water.

Buying Shark Bait

I met a couple of guys that drove from Jacksonville to fish at my Ormond Beach spot. They were using a whole Jack Crevalle for bait. I asked them where in the world they were able to land such great shark bait and the responded with the Jacksonville Fishing Piers. Makes sense. There are people always fishing on those piers so if you can head down the day before and find a lucky fisherman who landed a nice piece of meat there’s no harm in offering him $5 or $10 for his catch. I’ve also been lucky and found whole bonito in a couple bait shops. Calling around to see if they stock this type of bait is best. One last place to try are the fishing docks. Lots of shark charter boats have stock piles of extra bait. If you’re lucky enough you might just be able to land some fresh shark bait.

The last topic I wanted to cover in this section of the Shark Fishing Guide was what species make the best shark bait. The following are the best shark bait to be had on the beaches.

Bonito

I’m not totally sure the best place to catch Bonito as I’ve never caught one. I know tons of this fish are caught offshore I’m just not sure if they can be had from the beaches. I have seen these guys in the freezer at bait shops. Consider yourself lucky if you can use the bonito as shark bait.

Shark Bait - Bonito

Jack Crevalle

Jacks can be had from the shore. These guys are pound for pound one of the funnest fish to catch. They’ll put up a great fight and then make terrific shark bait. Live mullet or other live bait are great for Jacks.

Shark Bait - Jack Crevalle

LadyFish

LadyFish are touted as mini-Tarpon and for a good reason. They jump like crazy and put up a great fight. Shrimp, FishBites, artificial lures, and live bait all work great for catching ladyfish.

Shark Bait - LadyFish

Blue Runner

I’ve had great luck on the Atlantic fishing for Blue Runners. Live or cut mullet seem to be their meal of choice. Puts up a pretty good fight.

Shark Bait - Blue Runner

Whiting

Whiting primarily feast upon shrimp or sand fleas. The bull whiting are pretty fun to catch, but anything smaller can be tough to determine if you’ve even got a bite especially with the waves. These guys should be your last choice for shark bait. Something is always better than nothing.

Shark Bait - Whiting

Stingrays

I know the guys in Texas have much better luck finding stingrays in the gulf. I’ve fished for 5 years here in Florida and haven’t hooked on of these guys. Up in Hilton Head, SC I have hooked up with some very large stingrays. The intercoastal waters of central Florida are teeming with stingrays. I’ve used them as shark bait but with very little luck. I’ve read many reports of folks in TX catching monster sharks on whole rays.

Have a tip or see something I missed? Want to ask a question? Just drop a quick comment below and I get back to you before your next big shark fishing trip.

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Comments

  1. I surf fish for sharks in S.C. I have had good luck with catching nice black tips with Pin fish caught on light double drop bottom rigs with very small hooks with a piece of blood a blood worm. You have to keep the line tight like you mention above. I take the Pin fish and hook them live right behind the dorsal fin with a 6 ought J hook. I use a fish finder to let the bait swim freely and hook a pyramid sinker to the fish finder. It’s work well for me!

  2. Barracuda is by far the best bait, It stinks, its bloody and they’re a natural enemy and competetor for food for sharks. When a shark smells a cuda, he wants to extinguish it, no matter how hungry or full he is. You put a piece of cuda out there on a day when sharks are in the area, your guaranateed!!

    • Alex Salfity says:

      that sounds like a good bait i shark fish all the time and see some paeople land 5-6 foot hammer heads in the gulf of mexico of the dan russle peir the biggest one ive cought about 3 foot long where can i catch or buy some fresh cuda in the gulf of mexico panama city beach fl and how to catch it with what bait

  3. yeah i shark fish in florida alot but i been having problems landing them i fish from piers and beaches what the best way to get your bait off the beach i use stingray and bonita i need help to land the big ones i got a 14/0 and 9/0

    • if u have a spinning rod cast it but if u havre a baitrunner like a penn senator the put a ballon just above the swivle when there is a currend and let it float out

      • I usually stab the blue runner like 6 times so its bleeding a lot and then cast it out. It speeds up the time for shark fishing. I usually shark fish between a 1/2 mile and 2 1/2 miles offshore in south florida using a 8/0 hook. i catch mostly blacktips from 2-6′

    • hey. do you cut up the stingray or leave it whole. i fish about every other month at St. Simons island in Georgia. they have stingrays swarming all over there. what i would recommend is cutting a few slits from the mouth to the backside right before you cast it. it helps me a lot and i catch one almost everytime.

      PS: Just as a tip if your fishing off a pier its eaiser to use a snag line to catch stingray. you usually need a few poles though

      • Hey,
        I’ve been shark fishing for several years now and in my opinion, a 3 to 5-lb stingray is by far the best bait if your after the big sharks 7′-12′ range. Use a leader with double 18 to 20 cirlce hooks and place hooks in each wing. Between the months of late June and late september here along the upper TX coast, the bait will rarely soak an hour before you get a strike. Thanks, James

    • I’ve been shark fishing right there on the beach here in florida. It’s a two man job the way we do it. I use my kayak to paddle the bait out while my brother stays on the shore with his deep sea rod. So far we’ve caught a whole bunch of nurse sharks, a few bonnet heads, and one thrasher. For bait we’ve been using pig and pin fish caught in the surf and lady fish and mullet that we either cast net or hook in the banana river.

    • Lawrence says:

      I shark fished last summer in St Joe Bay @ cape San Blas
      from a small boat . We caught 7 ; mostly black tip in the
      4 to 5 foot range . It was great fun . My question to anyone
      is about bait . We caught plenty of ocean catfish surf fishing
      in the gulf . Are ocean cats a decent bait for sharks ; and
      how should they be presented.

      • I caught Bonnethead sharks on catfish but large mullets with a few small cuts( to keep it alive for a while) works for me.

    • greg chapman says:

      We use a 8′ kayak to take out our bait, we always put 1 about 100 yards from shore and another about 300 yards.
      I an on the east coast of FL and getting a kayak out in the waves is tricky but normally we can get out in 4-5′ waves ( wear a life jacket as you will get dumped here and there.)
      The largest we have so far is a 9 1/2′ lemon shark.

  4. there is some great advice in the article above. For smaller sharks in the 3 FT range I catch them pretty well on cut squid. The Cut squid is reasonably priced at most bait shops or marina’s. I bought a different brand then usual at Walmart and didnt like it though I cant remember the brand names now.

    When using the fish above If fishing them live, try cutting a part of their tail fin off to make them swim more eratically (sp?). Also make sure bait fish are legal size, especially if you are going to fish them from a beach or peir or anywhere you will keep them. while waiting to fish them. Fish regulations are there to protect all our fishing futures

    I fish inshore at deep holes and near shore at the artificail reefs in Savannah GA area. Currently stationed in Iraq I really miss fishing. I started a new Shark Fishing website to pss the time until I get back and can fish myself. if anyone wants to post a pic or video or just read more about it check out the site. I am in the process of building it but initial stage is up with Improvements every few days. http://www.SharkFighter.com

  5. todd childers says:

    hey , love the site. i want to do some shark fishing but have never done really any saltwater fishing to speak of but do some freshwater. what does gulf shores alabama offer. i go there often to visit family? how do you know what types of bait fish are off shore in a given time of year?
    thanks todd

    • There are a lot of sharks off Gulf Shores Alabama. I have a friend that fishes there. Try to get some bonito, barracuda, jack, bluefish, pretty much any bloodyfish. You would have to talk to locals to figure out when and where the bait is running. If you have anymore questions, just email me and i’ll ask then. I have videos, pix and everything showing the steps on how to become a great shark fisherman.

  6. for the whiting pic u put a croaker

  7. I live in CA and I usually go to Newport peir to catch my baits. Right before summer here we catch A LOT of Bonita’s and sting rays. I mean A LOT ALOT it gets to the point that we have to release them back because they are more than what we need. I just wanted to thorw that in becasue you were saying that you are not sure which place is the best for these fish. People living around here now know where to get their baits. I also use mackerels for my baits and i have actually cought a shark on the peir using this fish. If anybody knows anything about Machreles and if they are good baits please reply to my comment
    Thank you

    • I have used spanish mackeral and kings for bait. So far I have caught over 150 sharks. The sharks species I have caught are as followed: black tip, bonnet head, gray reef, bull, spinner, mako, nurse, and my favorite is the tiger. I use a 15/0 circle and one thousand pound airline cable with a large barrell swivel. I have had excellent luck with this set up. The reason I use such big gear is because we have landed sharks close to 10 feet in length and lost some bigger than 12 feet including a great hammer. Well that is my knowledge feel free to share yours.

    • I am surprised that I do not see Spanish Mackerel listed as a premium bait here. Sharks love these guys. They are oily and bloody, and everything a shark dreams of. I would use them live if possible, but many shark fishermen all around the Gulf use them dead and even frozen with almost predictable good luck. I would recommend giving them a try. If you are fortunate to have a live one, hook him aft of the dorsal fin, then cut the dorsal fin off. He will try to swim but will flounder and send out distress vibes and blood. A shark will be along very soon.

  8. john michael kamel says:

    i fish in galveston…..doesnt seem like many of yall do…..but, can anyone tell me the best bait for fishing in there( for maybe a good 4 foot shark)

    • Try using bluefish, hunks or rays, bonito, Jacks, and well pretty much any bloody fish. Barracuda works great!

    • i live in surfside and i use stingray… excellent bait!!!! :shock:

    • Stingray is your best bet for the bigger sharks, but they are difficult to find at times. Try “Aunt Margie’s” bait camp on 61st. You can always use the old reliable mullet. I have a 14′ aluminum boat that I launch from the beach on calm days and go out approximately 2miles off the beach and it doesn’t take 30mins to have a shark on. If your after Blacktips, use live bait such as mullet, whiteing, croaker, etc. Use at least a 4-ft leader without a weight. When they hit you will see ‘em leap out of the water. It’s very exciting. Good Luck!

    • ray posler says:

      I live in Brownsville we catch 4-6ft.at s.padre quite often like they said above you need to kayak bait out past 3rd sand bar or if casting between 2nd and 3rd sand bar earlier marning or rite before dark i’ve tried plenty of bait the one that works best for me is the least expensive
      whiting can be caught easy light tackle i use two split shots and a small hook, hope this helps good luck.
      ray

  9. robertweldon says:

    I would like anyone who needs live stringrays for bait we have a holding tank and allways have 50 or more on hand. We are in Kemah Tex.

    • DO YOU SELL THEM WHATS THE SIZE ON THEM STINGRAYS

    • t.bales says:

      I live here in Kemah and would like to pick up some stingray for bait this weekend.

      Thanks,
      Tim

    • Can you give me the name of the place. Hope you still have them rays for sale!!! Thanks

    • Ryan Kempe says:

      Hey, I found a post two years back about you having a lot of stingrays to sell. I am curious if you still have them or access to them. I am a shark fisherman and I’d like to get some for bait. My email address is rakempe@yahoo.com. I live in Houston and will come pick them up at your convenience.

  10. I live in cape coral florida and i LOVE to shark fish.I dont fish off of a beack I usuallly go out to a big strip of power line poles.Their is a big like 200-300 foot deep trench their +) lots of sharks in it..Um but i also go off of a pier wich is right by the poles.I use mullet…Umm i use head body and tail and if their finger mullet live i throw a whole one out,I have been working on geting my boat ready season for sharks is starting im going to use 25-50 pound stingrays and mullet.If their are any tricks or tips feel free to email me or comment here i guess.Biggest shark ive caught off land 8ft bullshark and the wierdest i caught was a saw fish.. :idea:

  11. crazy horse says:

    Me and some friends were planning a trip to boca grande pass and i was wondering if we are fishing off of the beach and one of my friends was fishing for last couple nights getting some mullet and blue fish but he didnt freeze it and left it out over night and we didnt know if we could still use it or if it was useless and we should just pitch it ….

  12. I shark fish in savannah GA. most of time i use boston makeral. but .i have got a freezer full of bonito . i have been rigging them by cuting off tail then spliting them open down the belly . then using two 12/0 hooks one behind head and other ahead of tail. then stich them back up. I found that drifting behind a shrimp boat about 5 miles or so out the bonitos doesnt sit there long. I atach a balloon to top of 15 footleader to keep it just below surface. caught two nice ones this weekend .

  13. bradley says:

    I’ve also fished in the Savannah, GA area and the Charleston,SC area. If you want to gun for the smaller ones (3-5′) you can use blue crab. This works particularly well in shore where there is a deep whole when rivers are meeting. Plus, it is free. Go to your local fish market and ask them to give you some dead crabs. They cannot sell them so they will give you all you want. Break the backs off them and fish them half of whole. Peel the pinchers off too. I’ve got a lot of nice bonnet (sp?) heads off this set up. Beware of the rays though, they like it to. Remember to throw away what you don’t use for the day though, those things are not air fresheners.

    I am loving this site since I found it.
    tight lines and fair winds to all.

  14. I live in Southern California in Newport Beach and have been fishing the Newport Harbor and Huntington Harbor now for about 2 years. I am still kind of new to Salt water fishing but have picked up quite a few different sharks using whole and cut squids. Usually I am using my heavier conventional rigs, A Sealine 40-HA on a Penn international 20-50lb rod with 40lb Yozuri mono line, 4oz torpedo sinker, and a 5-0 circle hook, and a Penn Longbeach on a Daiwa 30-60lb rod with some very thick “rope” line that came on the reel, torpedo 4oz weight and a 6-0 regular hook. Off the docks is usually my spot of choice, unfortunately not a boat owner yet…lol…and most of the time use whole frozen squid purchased at the liquor store by the Balboa Ferry, usually there about 4-6″ long. I hook the squid twice thru the hooks and place the sinkers about 13-16″ from my hooks. I cast those mofo’s out and wait. I pick up a lot of rays this way also, actully caught one about 6′ wide and guessing about 100-150lbs…But this has also been successful for some decent 3-4′ horn sharks, some really nice 3-5′ smoothhounds, and some small leopard sharks. I’ve never really tried live or any bloody baits yet…I think I might try the batrays if it is legal in my area, I’ll have to check….great site by the way..

    happy fishing

    ps. if you have myspace I have some of my catches posted including the monster ray caught shallow in huntington harbor….

    http://www.myspace.com/peteheinz

  15. Sting Rays. Well, over here by Bradenton, Fl you can catch them in the Manatee river, more than you’d want. Unfortunately, no one I fish with wants to bother saving them or even harvesting the wings for bait. :sad: I’ve caught a few smaller sharks on cut bait such as lady fish. Not having a boat doesn’t help. Landing large fish from a bridge or pier is always a problem. I’ve always liked to soak a live pin fish no matter what else I’m fishing for. Down here you never know what may come by. :lol:

    • Hey! I know this post is old. Just coming by picking up some tips. Nice forum guys, and gals. But anywho I live here in palmetto and I am getting really into getting a big shark. No boat but I know of a spot on Anna maria island that we can get the bait deep without a kayak. Email me because I am looking for a good shark catchin’ buddy.

  16. Oops almost for got, if you are in the Bradenton, Manatee county area of Fl my web site has a tide chart, weather and solunar tables on it so that may help you out. Just click on my name. :lol:

  17. I have personally had great luck with fresh caught spanish makerel. I caught two spanish makerel, hooked them through the back leaving them alive, put a few shallow cuts in their side to make them bleed a little bit and casted tehm each out on. with in 15 minutes i had a Black tip shark on one of the poles and another 20 minutes after there was one on the other. :grin:

    the makerel were each about 8 inches long.

  18. HELLO AND GOOD EVENING.
    I LIVE IN MIAMI FLORIDA.
    DOES ANYONE KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO BUYS SHARKS
    IN DADE COUNTY OR TAMPA AREA.
    LETS SAY I CAUGHT A BIG SHARK AND WANT TO SELL.

    IF YOU YOU KNOW OF SOMEONE WHO BUYS SHARK,
    SURE WILL APPRECIATE THE NAME AND PHONE AND EMAIL ADDRESS
    IF POSSIBLE.

    THANK YOU AND HAVE A GREAT DAY.

    • zigmaster says:

      I would think any Chinese Restaurant

    • i hope that all of you who are describing your success with catching sharks are throwing them back in alive. do not sell any sharks to the chinese. they are responsible for the collapse of many shark species already.

    • anthony says:

      hey there im interested in some sharks call me 678-683-1204

  19. Hey guys I fish out of Louisiana at the mouth of the Rigolets where it feeds into Lake Pontchartrain (if anyone knows where that is since everyone here is fishing beaches in FL SC TX) mainly for bull sharks with a few sand tigers.i found that mullet croaker and white trout fished lived after a stab through the tail to make them swim injuried works well here.i the sharks in the lake are 4 to 6 feet long. i have caught one almost every time only problem i have to deal with is big alligator gar that are just as big as the sharks. so if you fishing louisiana try these baits out

  20. Hey guys I want to go shark fishing in brackish water in fort myers, fl. The pier is jsut a couple of miles away from the ocean and we have seen sharks there before. WHat kind of bait should we use and does anyone know what kind of sharks would be in that area?? Thanks alot

    • Kit: You’re on top of all kind of sharks there in ft. meyers. Try to pick up some lady fish or jacks and use them as bait. Occasionally I’ve been able to castnet some larget 12″+ mullet which would also work great.

      I suspect you’ll find bulls, blacktips, spinners, or maybe even a lemon around those parts.

      Good luck, and keep us posted ;)

      • Hey all… I live in Sarasota, FL and just got into beach fishing for sharks about 4 months ago. The rod I currently have is inadequate but I’m not sure what would be good to buy. I’m targeting sharks 4ft or under and fish from St. Petersburg to south of Ft. Myers. Any advice on tackle for a novice that doesnt break the bank would be appreciated. Also, I’ve hooked up many times, even got them close enough to tell the species… but I’ve never been able to beach one which is really starting to piss me off. Any tips for landing them is much appreciated as well.

        • cory burns says:

          well i would use at least 50 pound line and 80 at the heaviest and for surf fishing u will need a steel leader heavie than your line and ive found cut bait works best anything bloody

        • greg chapman says:

          We do a allot of surf fishing for sharks. The largest we have cought is a 7 1/2′ lemon and normally range between 5-7 ft black tips, sand bar & lemons. With this set up we can’t pull in a bull shark they pull out all your line before you can stop them.

          Standard 12′ surf rod
          Large spinning reel with a bait runner or second drag.
          ( if not you have to set your drag very light of they will pull your poll in the water before you can get to it.)
          65lb braided line ( for as much line on the real as poss.)
          Min 5′ 80lb mono leader ( I have also started using hollow core braid to insert the 80lb inside it)
          18″ of steel wire
          large hook, we use what we can find doesn’t seem to matter as long as they are big.
          We use fish heads when possible for bait, last a long time and seems crabs don’t eat them as much.

          That is the largest set ups we can use to be able to cast, which is the key. I have seen guys out on the beach with bigger set ups but they can’t cast near as far.

  21. Hello all I was wondering I am going to gulf shores AL soon,
    So I was wondering what kind of shark I could catch from shore and what type of bait would be the best thanks :lol:

  22. ya were going sharking so what r the easyest ways to catch one :???:

  23. :twisted: I am from watsonville California. Does anyone know how shark fishing is around here?

  24. allen benton says:

    i have just got in to shark fishing .i went to sebastian inlet.i live west side clermont on 50 dose any boudy no of any places closer to fish for sharks. and i have ben told that mullet is good to use . would any fish be good to use ? my e mail add ragman1972@hotmail.com thank you .

    • cory burns says:

      well i have found that ladyfish and makeral work better for sharks than mullet but inly wen there fresh and bloody

    • great shark fishing here in springhill. Went out yesterday and hooked a couple 7to 8 footer black tips.Take 50 out west till it dead ends at the boat ramp in bayport. A straight shot from clermont.And a lot less driving than to the other coast.Good luck. Any questions just e-mail me at steelhorse111@yahoo.com…Johnny

  25. Dion Gomez says:

    I think that a hole 7 to 10 inch small jack is the best bait cause it bleeds a lot and there wide

  26. I thought of catching some fresh water herring before I go to little gasparilla this summer. Think I will have any luck with these?

  27. Bryan Lester says:

    I surf fish for sharks in Va. beach, Sandbridge, hatterras, and cape point. I have used numerous types of bait like bluefish, seamullet, rays, but by far the best in my opinion is spanish mackeral, live or chunked. Very seldom do I try to cast a piece of chunked bait for sharks. The best results I have had is to kayak the bait out anywhere between 100-250 yards but it all depends on your location. I have caught numerous of sharks off the beach mainly hammerhead, black tip and bulls. My personal rods that I use is a shimano tiagra 30w lrs on a shimano tallus 5’5″ heavy action shark rod. My other favorite is penn senator 14/0 for the big boys, baited with yellow fin tuna head or skirts. Have fun, fish hard and may the sharks be with you. If you have any questions please email me at kingfisher29@verizon.net.

  28. cory burns says:

    lately i have been fishing in venie off of sharkys pier and the sharks have been biting like crazy but there small good eating size anaywhere from 2 to 4 foot but i havnt seen any big ones and am wandering wen is the best time for shark fishing from piers in the summer or in the winter :roll:

  29. cory [shark thats wat my fam calls me] says:

    :mrgreen: im going to the rod and reel fishing piers in anna maria island and have navar been there befor but have haerd good fish stories and was wandering if any of yall have fishied there and have any advice for me im going for the big boys in a range from 5 foot and up hoping to get lucky.
    my current rigs is a daiwa beef stick heavy action with a penn senator 4/0 with 3oo yards of 80 pound mono line and my other rigs is a american angler heavy action rod witha penn senator reel with 100 pound mono line and my other rigs are a calipso blue fin rod med heavy action with 500 yrds of 65 lbs power pro on a daiwa sealine 3/0 and i got a heavy action whuppin stick with a penn long beach 65 with 300 yrds of 40 pound and i got a med hevy action tide water rod with a okuma titis reel 3/0 with 400 yrds of 50 pound spider wire . :mrgreen: so tell me if u have fished the rod and reel pier in anna maria island and let me no wat the shark fishing will be like the sizez and if i should change any of my gear up peace love and chiken grease have good luck fishing.
    p.s. im only 14 but have been shark fishing since i was 9 years old and wen bored at my house or on r way fishing all i do is wach fishing on tv shark fishing of course and read thw water line and fishing books and please take me seriouus cause i no wat im talking about wen it comes to saltwater fishing. i fish with my grandpa dads a crack head dont see him so see ya :?:

    • Bryan Lester says:

      I HAVE BEEN SHARK FISHING FOR 22 YEARS AND HAVE CAUGHT A LOT OF SHARKS THE BIGEST BEING A 12′ TIGER. FOR THE BIG BOYS I USE A PENN IN- 130 IT HOLDS 1000 YARDS OF 130LB MONO. I ALSO USE 20/0 CIRCLE HOOK. ANY ? EMAIL AT kingfisher29@verizon.net.

  30. I am from MN. and I am an avid fresh water fisherman. My fiance and I have caught Many different fresh water fish and we would like to catch some sharks and or other big salties for the freezer. We plan on fishing the Mission bay area (San Dieago) . I have printed up a tide chart and now we are looking for a great place to fish from either a pier or from shore.
    Also we would love to be able to park our van and fish near by it so that we could crawl inside after fishing the late night into the morning.any information regarding our quest will be greatly appreciated.If you have a boat and would like to help us we would be HAPPY to help with the expenses.

  31. i hope uguys don’t use dogs or cats thts wil piss me off! stop it! :twisted: :evil:

  32. jon luke says:

    ummmm if i dont have a “saltwater” reel, will i still be able to use it?… i know this doesnt really relate to sharks but im hoping someone knows the answer :?:

    • michael says:

      sure you can use it

    • sure just wash it after fishing.

    • Tx Ghosthunter says:

      What kind of reel do you have? What make and model is it? do you have a open face spinning, bait casting, closed face push button? This will determine along with the make and model of your reel and what you want to fish for. I’m the firearms & outdoor specialist at sports authoity. Another thing. Watch when using a freshwater reel in saltwater. Some can handle it like Bass Pro’s ” cat maxx ” either in spinning or bait casting. these reels are big, rugged, and tough enough to battle it out with big fish. They are freshwater reels but, people have used them in saltwater and never had a problem. They are built and used to battle monster flatheads and blues. The prices are great. Dont be fooled by how cheap they are in price cause the quality is worth 5X that amount. Now, again, with freshwater reels, be careful. They can seize up on you as you are fishing with them in saltwater. then, you need to buy a new reel. Look up the reels i said and read the reviews. I think you will be happy with what you read. I also have 2 of the spinning and have had them for 2 yrs. fishing both waters and not 1 problem with them. You can take your chances or buy one thats either saltwater or one like i mentioned.

      Good Luck

  33. Marc White says:

    I have fished for sharks for many years Nothing like the smell of a smokin drag ….We are going to Ameilia Island Fl The week of july 4th the condo we stay at has its own pier .. We went last year and had a blast smoked a penn 320 gt (peice of crap reel) had to take it back after the first run by a big SOMETING not sure what it was because the reel locked up and broke the fish offTraded it for a Shimano Tecota 700 can’t wait to try it out .this sight has some good info on it.Thanks Guys

  34. Timber Ghost says:

    Hello. I am going to Bob hall pier In port A. And i am trying to find some place to buy fresh Jacks or LadyFish. Can any one please tell me where i can find any? Or maybe how to catch my own. I have been there about 12 times and i haven’t had any real luck yet.
    Thanks.

    • Timber Ghost says:

      Anyone shark fish around port Aransas or Corpuschristi Texas?
      I’m trying to find out what is the best bait to use?? I haven’t had any real luck yet with whiting or mullet or rays. :?: :?: :?:

      Thanks a million
      Timber Ghost

  35. mad man says:

    man i lived in Florida for almost 4 years now and have caught 49 or 50 sharks from shore 90% all over 120-150 lbs ,1 250lbs ,1 200lbs only about 7 that where under 100lbs and only 3 nurse out of all them thank god , most the ones ive caught are lemons , only 1 bull my biggest where the lemons once they reach 200 or over the fight is good but only last 10-15 min with penn 9/0 spooled with 80lbs line and 135lbs cable, anyways regarding buying bait i will tell you this, they say i live in the shark capitol of the world so i personally want to know who the heck sells bait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ive been to all the bait shops and once in a blue moon you can get some huge 2-2 1/2 lbs mullet but most of time 1/2 pound you bait shop owners are killing me this is florida for heavens sake….ive tryd lady fish and cuda and they work great but most reliable and most available is mullet for the this size shark im no expert but at 50 im not a beginner i just got my hands on 2 penn 14/0 (117) and by accident killed a stingray yesterday in the glades so i brung it home and cut it in big chunks im going back out this week for something bigger from boat .and for all of you reading this i do not and will not kill the sharks i do not keep anything its only for fun out of all the ones ive caught 1 died im not sure why hook was in corner of mouth not in belly. remeber our kids want to fish to so catch photo and release dont be ignorant and youll see that you come home more often talking about what you landed verse nothing was bitting tonight any questions remember im no expert but 9 out of 10 times of going out i hook up anyways take it easy and god bless.. mad man at kuztumz@gmail.com

  36. I live here in Port Charlotte. If you need some shark bait, including large 2-4lb mullet, 2-3ft long jack, various sized lady fish, Bonita, Squid, Chum even stingrays… Go to Fishin’ Franks. They have everything you could possibly ever want for shark fishing as well as tons of advice. The prices are the best around.

  37. Sup guys
    Going to the beach next week and want to catch some sharks off the surf. I have never gone shark fishing just kind of experimenting can someone tell me if dead carcassas are good bait because that is what i planned on using. And what are the chances I will catch one?
    Thanks

  38. country-boy87 says:

    Fishin Franks does not have the best prices around and you do not have any bait for sale…. j/k…. well not about fishin franks. this is your brother by the way… Josh. Me, Pop, and kyle went out to sanibel last night and i landed a 5ft sawfish! wish you were there and best of luck with fishing. give me a ring sometime im on a 1 week vacation from work.

  39. michael says:

    I live in north carolina and i recently bought a deep sea pole,I want to reel in some sharks and rays however i dont want my line snapped every other time any ideas for bait and and any tips?

  40. Gabriel Reeves says:

    Hey im 15 and i want to do some shark fishing with my dad off the beaches of gulf shores daulphin island etc. nothing major just 3 4 footers i guess i have a great rod i just need to know what kind of bait and rig. and maybe some extra tricks to just email plse thanks!! all4hm13@yahoo.com

  41. hey what up my name :oops:

  42. hey im gonna try shark fishing and i need some advise..

    ive always been fascinated wit sharks..

    so if can help it will b greatly appreciated..

    my email is gothickid212@yahoo.com..

    thank you..

  43. Can i Dump chicken blood off a fishing pier to attract a bunch of sharks :?: :?: :?:
    I hope so :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Are there a lot of sharks in Kure Beach N,C???

    • yes it will cause a feeding frenzy wich would be good if you want to catch a shark every cast but don’t do it near a beach beacuase there will be at least 5 sharks and probobly 500 swimmers and they will eat pretty much any peace of meat close by.

  44. i fish the beachs in ft.myers florida and when i shark fish i end up hooking big snook, tarpon, and sharks with mullet,jack,catfish,ladyfish,and snapper that is the best bait for sharks and snook. but its illeagal. i dident know for about a year of useing them that its illeagal but when i did fish with snapper i cought a 52inch snook and a 7foot lemon shark and lost quit a few of only god knows what. try it but be careful couse fwc will take ur ass…

  45. carl holton says:

    I fish the East Texas gulf coast and catch 3 and 4 foot sharks and 40 to 50 inch reds on 8 inch shad from the surf. live or dead, I can wade out and cast, before i get back to the beach ive got a bite.

  46. i like fishing off of the S. Cali piers and i was wondering if a pork liver would work as bait for sharks around 3-6ft. and if not, what other baits work good.

  47. We caught shark with cast nets last week,but wasn’t going for them.if shark are present any bait will work.

  48. what is the easiest way to kill a shark without a gun? not saying i want to kill sharks but if i catch a big one and want to keep it.

  49. if i was fishing for 6-8 foot sharks with light tackle would a barbed spear help get them in.

  50. I fish from time 2 time for sharks… I surf fish in Sebastian Inlet and run 3 rod for other fish like Sheepshead, Reds, Snooks, Flounders etc… But always hook a small Cravel Jack and here I go for the SHARK. :lol: HOOK him with a 9/0 J hook 100 lb mono wrap with wire 200lb tuna swivel and belive it or not a 40/60 lb Penn Slammer rod and a OKUMA CD90 bait runner reel with 40lb mono.. Man is this a fight or what?.. SMOKING DRAG FOR THAT SET UP!!!. Biggest one on this set up was close to 175lb Bonnethead.. and the people swinmming on the SURF ran out the water like no tomorrow…lololol :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: OH YEA!!!! KANO.

    • Kano,
      175lb, that could not have been a bonnethead. The world record bonnethead is 23lbs 11ozs.

      Odds are what you caught was a Scalloped Head Shark. They get up to 200lbs! Their head is not quite as rounded as a bonnethead and not quite as flat as a hammerhead!

      Good catch either way!

  51. Hey im from arkansas and i have never went shark fishing before and this weekend i am going to Galveston does anyone know wat bait i should use?

  52. i am going to go fishing in seabrook islnd sC from the surf… what kind of bait should i use what is their to catch

    • use baby blacktip sharks there everywhere and a great bait. i know it wierd using baby sharks to capture the big ones but it works

    • hay im going to cape pattoson in inverloch … im only 8 years old i love fishing . we r going to catch some sharks off the rocks we were ther yester-day there were 14 makos caught 2 leopard sharks cauht some pepole were useing gernet as bait some were useing blue bait and sting-rays the sharks were 1 meeter long good fishing go over there 4kg rods r good love my fishing

  53. Aaron GLover says:

    :O stingrays for bait is best bait ever, but thats in texas

    • Sharkman01 says:

      Stingrays are great baits here in southwest Florida. Sharks and Jewfish alike love them, and it seems they are like candy to the larger sharks down here.

  54. i hooked somthin using a whiting but dont know wut it wuz. it felt like a whale. it draged me around da beach untill my 100 lbs line snaped wut wuz it

  55. larenzo williams says:

    Man everyone is talking about using stingray for bait but does anyone besides me eat them? They actually taste good if you know how to cook them. I found out through trial and error. That goes for just about anything. :smile:

    • Well, isn’t that just nice for you, thanks for at least sharing the ingredients you add.

      I know that when I catch my first of anything, I’ll always try cooking it with butter, water, and salt first, then I’ll move on from there to determine what else is needed.

  56. hey
    i am 13 years old and live in pensascola florida and havent fished much for sharks. im wanting to go but i dont have heavy enough tackle for 6`+ sharks. and everyone is talking bout using stingray for bait for the big sharks. what type of bait could i use for medium size sharks?

    • the best baits to use are blue fish ive had alot of luck with them also with spanish mackeral or big mullet will work using spinning or light trolling gear thats castable will work with at least 350 yards of line

    • aj clark says:

      Use a 10 to 12 inch mullet and rigg it for top water alove it will work.

    • Whiting big mullet bonito bluefish small to medium size stingray or last jack and pin fish and spot for line 30 to 60lbs reel peen international or 4/0ot senator peen or any okuma bait caster no low profile reels for the rod surf 10 to 15 foot rods or for any were else medium heavy rod rolling eyes or not

  57. avery rudisill says:

    omg “sting rays” in hilton head i go there every year and fish but this last year ive got serious about fishing and 2 years ago i cought a 50 lb. stingray i got pictures if u want me to send you one it took 1 hour and 6 minutes to get in. this year im going after BIG fish and sharks i got a new big reel a very good one. i hope to catch them and theres lots of jacks down there

    • I caught a 50 lb stingray my second day out going for sharks.. only took me about 20 minutes…what were u doing wrong?

  58. I live in Clearwater Fl. I love shark fishing I fish almost every week kayak or off land looking for a fishing budy any body wants to fish email me . ruslan33760@yahoo.com

  59. I live in Clearwater Fl. I love shark fishing I fish almost every week kayak or off land looking for a fishing budy any body wants to fish email me . ruslan33760@yahoo.com

  60. Russ,

    I live in Clearwater, Fl also I fish by land a lot as well, shoot me an email… jgodwin7780@gmail.com

  61. The best bait for big shark is live dogs, specifically pit bulls. Regular dogs will usually give up and just go still and let the boat pull them along, but pits will continue thrashing about until they die. Some fishermen I know swear a shark bit the hind end off a pit bull and the front end was still snapping and thrashing about. Not sure I believe that one, but anything is possible.

    • Really Dogs?!?!?! says:

      You want to joke like that?!?!?! Geez, at least use cats, for the sake of those idiots that actually try what you say.

      Okay Okay, I can already hear the cat-lovers, use aligators in your joke. I’d like to hear about someone actually stupid enough to try and catch one of them to use.

    • damn just use fish lol

      • For real what the f**k, dogs… Why don’t we just start hookin each other and draggin our buddies behind the boat. Those people got serious issues I’ll like to beat the piss outa them

  62. hey is pilchards good to catch sharks of the shore at wonga beach far north queensland with a set of gang hooks

  63. janet caldwell says:

    hey jerk that thinks he knows how to fish with live dogs..for your info ive fished texas coast 35 yrs and can tell you that a man that resorts to such ignorance is not a fisherman but a lowlife moron. put that in your bait bucket stupid!!!!! maybe some day you can really learn the sport of fishing but then again probably not. you are too stupid jerk!!!!

  64. BillSirKill says:

    Hey Janet.. Mr dog bait is only joshing us.. Pit bulls r NOT the best shark bait.. Poodles are.. seriously, I hope he is joshing us!!

    • actually the french fish with starys all the time and catch seriously big bull sharks that can be 15+ but in america its illegal and its not needed you could do better with a stingray the reason it works in france is because the sharks there have developed a taste from all the starys wondering into the water. but seriously dont do this

  65. Down here in Australia we have very good success using freshwater eel.It’s great to cut the eel into sections as it is a sturdy bait that resists ‘pickers’ such as crabs etc.Very oily flesh the eel and sharks love it! Another freshwater one used by some is carp.Here in southern Australia especially we eat a fair bit of shark..mainly smoothhound but a nice bit of smaller whaler is lovely.Waiting for the weather to finally get better here and am itching to get out on the beach and boat.

  66. In Hilton Head S.C. my two favs are crab, cut in half, on the bottom, and a top water lewer. One that splashes alot. This is best in the surf or out just past it. The best time to use top water is when you see seaguls diving into the water, The sharks have a school of bait fish rounded up and the gulls are getting an easy meal, the top water bait looks like an injured fish and the sharks will jump right outnof the water to hit them, its an awsome sight.

  67. you can get bonito from drift boats they usually sell fairly large ones for 5 to 10 bucks

  68. Do you live in the Ormond Beach area? If so, I also live there and would like to meet up with others fishing for shark. Send me an email.

  69. Chandler says:

    hey I’ve caught a couple small sharks but hoping to land a big one! What lb line should I use to catch a 7-8 foot monster???

  70. any line will do i prefer 400 yards or more of 100 pound braid

  71. I’m heading to Myrtle Beach in a few days and plan on throwing a line in from the shore of the beach. I have never done this before but have always wanted to. I fish the fresh water scene around kentucky but never have had the chance to fish salt water.

    I have no idea what i’m doing when it comes to this. What size hook, what kind of floating device if any? What to use as bait? where to get bait? and how to catch a shark fishing from shore? should i bring me some night crawlers :-)

    I also heard a rumor that you don’t need a fishing license if you fish off shore. Is this true?

    any advice would be awesome!!

    • part time surfcaster says:

      Im a freshwater guy too, but i go surf fishing about 3 times a year. For small fish, a 7 foot bass rod with 10 lb line and a surf rig (some line with 2 clips for size 2 hooks and a big clip for a pyramid sinker at the bottom) is fine. For big guys (sharks to) 9-12 foot heavy action rod with reel that can hold at LEAST 200 yards of 17 lb test spooled with 20-80lb braid and a Carolina rig (a 2 ounce bass acting or egg sinker is slid up the line, and a 100 lb swivel is tied to the end. To the swivel, attach your 3 foot leader of choice (I prefer 80 lb wire) and a 5/0 or 6/0 circle hook at the end of the leader.) For bait, small fish like squid and shrimp, but for big fish, use cut whiting or bluefish. I was almost spooled by a large fish while using half a whiting (shark or stingray, I think. That was also what caused me to buy my shark rod.) And about the license…YES YOU DO. Game wardens often prowl the beaches, at times dressed as swimmers, to bust people without licenses. Hope you did good!

  72. Hey this site of yours is really helpful thanks. I been fishing all my life mostly fresh water for bass trout and big ol northerns. For the past 6 years been gettin into the saltwter variety fairly succesfully and luvin it. Going to be trying to hook up a shark all next week with my two penn levelwinds on 9ft surf rods in the Corrolla area of Outer Banks maybe not the best setup but thats what i got never fished for shark specifically before. Read your advice on bait rigs tackle etc. very helpful thanks again for the info. I have one question if anyone knows where can I get some sharkin leaders on short notice or the supplies to make my own. Saw a couple online but doubt they would ship in time and none of the local tackle shops in my area have what I want.

  73. got stuff good to make leaders plan on kayaking out that is if I can catch any shark bait just found a four leaf clover yesterday so um feeling lucky at least. Is anyone familiar with the terrain in the corolla area of outer banks I’m not real sure how far to kayak out if I dont hear from anyone probly just drop at about 200yds maybe 250 maybe??? Ha maybe 150 yds see how it goes have not tried this before

  74. Kenneth says:

    Hey I just moved to waycross ga and I am wanting to get into saltwater fishing and cast netting for bait and shrimp for eating was wondering if anybody around would like to join me my email is superbike172000@yahoo.com

  75. I caught 28 sharks and 5 rays last year during my week in Hilton Head. The biggest shark was about 4 1/2 feet long and I landed it on a large blue runner. Most of the sharks were about 15-20″ long. Three of the rays were monsters.

    I’m looking for any new tips as I’ll be back there again next week. It’s taken me 4 years of summer vacations to get decent at surf fishing on HHI, but I want to get better.

    I typically start with shrimp (like you would eat from the seafood section of the grocery), catch some baitfish, then switch over and go for sharks.

  76. http://www.Backyardfishing.webs.com has great pictures,stories,and information for all kinds of different fishing…check it out!

  77. I usually go out with a buddy of mine on an 18′ canoe with a trolling motor. We go out about a mile or so off the Green Key beach area and usually catch our own bait with a sabiki rig. It gets pinfish/greenbacks fairly well and you can use them to catch ladyfish or other shark bait. Now, we obviously don’t catch the big ones, but the little 3-4 foot bull sharks are fun to catch if you’re just starting to fish for sharks.

    • Also, there are LOTS of rays near the mangroves on the flats just offshore of Green Key this time of year. I think it may be a popular mating spot for them.

  78. Brian Brock says:

    hi, i’m coming to daytona beach in the end of April for a week . I wanted to go surf fishing for sharks. Two years ago i caught a ten foot hammehead off Miami in boat. I thought it would be more of a challenge from shore. If anybody lives or is going be around that area that week. Give me a email brockjr69@yahoo.com and could team up and hopefully catch some shark. Brian

  79. Hii i am 9 years old about to be10 I like fishing for sharks does Any body now a bait shop near palm coast fl for shark bait and what pound leader do I need

  80. Russell says:

    Use Cast net under piers great

  81. part time surfcaster says:

    Does anyone know the best way to catch spot, whiting, blues and pinfish? My last trip was a disaster, mainly because I couldn’t catch bait. I caught a whiting…but threw it back because I thought I would catch more. My cousin lost a large whiting and a ray, and I finally hooked a big ray…..which I was forced to release because my other cousins thought the ray was too cute to kill. I also forgot my knife, so I couldn’t kill it humanely without risking a barb in my arm. I also caught a bunch of baby sand sharks, none of which I could keep, due to regulations. That was all I caught in a week. Could anyone please help?

  82. Xan Evans says:

    If you put a pogy (or shad/menhaden) on a balloon it will catch lots of blacktips. If your in OKI, NC call Playin’ Hooky Fishing Charters.

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