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Shark Fishing in Florida

Postby Hodag Hunter » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:40 am

Currently on a work assignment in Fernandina Beach Florida and one of my goals is to catch a shark. 4-6 footer would be awesome.

I have been fishing some of the local spots we have found but biggest shark caught was a small bonnet head shark about 2'.

I have been researching other websites and talking with locals with most instructing me it's too early to fish. Schedule to be here only until 1st part of March, possibly end of March. Anybody here have some suggestions?


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Re: Shark Fishing in Florida

Postby Buckshot20 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:00 am

I've never really targeted sharks so I'm not much help. Although there is a great white that visits that area every year on its migration.
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Re: Shark Fishing in Florida

Postby NorthwoodsWiscoHnter » Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:29 am

I have no advice except for good luck and show us what you catch!!
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Re: Shark Fishing in Florida

Postby Rich M » Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:04 pm

Is there any way for you to drive a little south? Water is a bit chilly right now for sharks in the surf.

Iffn I was to set up for sharks, we'd use a reel with 250 yards of 25 mono, a 4 or 6 ft 60# mono leader, 2 ft light wire leader (match the mono), 4/0 or 6/0 circle hook and drift/slow troll a live or butterflied or a fillet from a ladyfish/jack/mullet along the beach. It would be in June or July. The sharks would range from 3 to 8 ft. Take a from 3 to 20 minutes to land. They aren't likely to spool you, just give you a good tug.

How long is your work assignment? May is probably the beginning of decent shark fishing.

You can catch a small jack or ladyfish, butterfly it and float it out 3 or 4 feet under a balloon, get it about 150-200-300 feet off the beach and it will happen. Be careful about swimmers, surfers, and boaters if you fish near the inlets - good place to fish tho.

The sharks swim just on the other side of the breakers much of the time. New Smyrna Beach - immediately south of and adjacent to Ponce Inlet is the shark bite capital of the world - surfers are always getting nipped when the weather/water is warmer.

A 3 ft shark isn't likely to eat a big bait - and no shark wants to have to bit something in half to eat it - keep your bait reasonable - a 10-12-inch bait would be good. A 12-inch ladyfish fillet is great.
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Re: Shark Fishing in Florida

Postby BassBoysLLP » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:24 pm

You need to wander to a local pier and talk to some locals.
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Re: Shark Fishing in Florida

Postby Jackson Marsh » Sun Feb 04, 2018 2:49 pm

Sounds like fun, I hope you get one.
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Re: Shark Fishing in Florida

Postby Hodag Hunter » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:23 am

Thanks for the tips. Weather is warming and my rods will be here Wednesday from WI.

Hope to catch a bigger one this weekend.
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Re: Shark Fishing in Florida

Postby Tufrthnails » Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:44 am

Rich Nailed it Ladyfish. Like his rig advice as well run very similar for sharks.
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Re: Shark Fishing in Florida

Postby Hodag Hunter » Mon Feb 19, 2018 1:23 pm

Weather and water is warming and caught a nice 3 footer yesterday, along with having a few more on. Time off of work is limited the next few weeks as it's "go time".

I am working in the north eastern part of Florida and fishing the Atlantic. Wish we were on the gulf side but hope to get out at least once more before heading home.

Locals are still saying it won't get better until April-May and were surprised I caught one.
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Re: Shark Fishing in Florida

Postby Dewey » Mon Feb 19, 2018 2:21 pm

Sharks......all other fish are just bait.

You might now be ruined for musky fishing. :lol:

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