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hi im 15 my name is zach in 2 weeks i will be goin to the outer banks in NC on hateras island i live in western NC. i have a medium heavy spinning rod and some wire leaders and some 2 ounce sliding egg sinkers. i will haft to be fishing from the beach into the surf i do have a throw net for bait also have a sand spike. the size limit for sharks is 54in-88in can i land one on my pole and set up. also any bait recomendations?
 

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Well Zach , anything can be done . I honestly think you will have your hands full , what size rod do you have and try to give some more info on your set up. I use a 12' custom built and a 10 " custom built rods . Right now I have a penn gti 310 rell on the 10' and a Penn 309 on the 12' , both reels are kinds out dated but still get the job done within reason. Also what kind of sharks are you talking about catching ?? We have alot of blacktips , bull , nurse , sand and a few tiger sharks in our area aswell as a few hammerheads. To catch a decent sized shark you will probably need something a bit heavier but without knowing exactly what you have it is hard to say. What test line are you using ?? A 55" shark could weigh in at 50 lbs or he could be 125lbs , I would not go with anything under a minimum of atleast 40lb test if your reel will handle it . I have 40lb on qone rod and 60 on the other , steel leaders are the way to go IMHO , I use 4 oz surf weights that I make myself for the big rods. When you get time try and give a little more info on your setup. For bait I use croaker or blood, if you have a slaughter house in your ares go ask them for some cow blood. It is fairly thick and works pretty good. Then get yourself some panty hose at the dollar store, cut the panty hose in about 8" sections and tie a knot in one end. Scoop some blood and fill the section with it and tie a know in the other end, run your hook through the center of the panty hose section and fling away . Please use a little caution if using blood and make sure there are no swimmers or other folks playing in the water where you will be trying to draw the sharks into. Hope this helps a little, we have been using this setup since I was a little fella (about 25 years) on the gulf coast. And while your at it try and have a little fun. :grin: :grin: :grin:
 

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thanks for responding. i have an 8 ft medium heavy spinning rod with 35 ib test. biggest rod i have i now im under equiped. but hey im used to cathin trout that way a couple ounces up here inthe mountains so i thout this one was a giant. i will be tryin for black tip theres not usaly many people on the beach or any at all. what size hood and leader length do u recomend? and thanks for the bait tips. u think spanish mackereal would work good they blead like stuck pigs.
 

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Greetings Zach , your rig will probably be fine for black tips . I use steel leaders that I make myself , you can get the supplies at your local tackle shop or even most Wal Marts carry them. You should be able to find some premade 20 - 40 lb's for around $2-3 a piece , any fish that is common to the area should do fine for bait . I use multiple sizes as far as hooks go , from #4 trebles up to large regular hooks that are 4" long. I'll try to find one of the packages for the size # , cant remember right off hand. Sounds like your gonna have some fun , most of the black tips I have caught have been under 5' so you should be fine with what you have as I have caught htem on my 6 ft ugly stick with no problems.
 

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kool thanks for all the info i had some of the metal leader material and i made a leader but ill proly just buy one. also how long u usaly got to wait and is there any certin locations you sugest or just any where?
 

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If you can find a spot with alot of current and bait fish , these are usually pretty good . The wait is unknown , depends if they are working the area. I usually try to find a spot that has a point and lots of current , throw out a couple of lines with mixed bait and see how it goes. I usually take a couple of tootsie roll pops , I feed them to the small sharks before throwing them back . Nothing like a pic of a shark with a sucker stick hanging from his mouth as he chomps on it. :) Wherever you use , if there is strong current and your by yourself . Please stay out of the water so that you can come back and tell me about your trip , current in any water is extremely dangerous and not to be fooled with. Probably one of the best tips I can give you , is to look up fishing reports online for the area you are heading to . They usually make note if the sharks are hitting an area hard , atleast down here they do. If you ever make it to the Texas Gulf Coast , let me know and I'll treat you to a day on the bay. :)
 

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Make sure you take a camera so you can post some pics of your catch , also get you a pair of them long needle nose pliers found in the fishing section of your tackle shop. They will come in real handy and save some hide .
 

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also when if i get one on shore how do i get it up on bank and mesure it alive i got a small tape mesurer for it if its big enough ill be usin a base ball bat on it but dont want to get bit.also got another rig to use its an ambasater 5500 on a 6 ft stiff ugly stick so ill have 2 poles out now.
 

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Saving the jaws can be a bit tricky , most smaller sharks have a very week jaw once removed from the skull. What we do is cut around the head , DO NOT CUT THE STOMACH OPEN . Once the head is removed and all the skin cut off , bury the head near an ant mound . The ants will remove all the leftovers making it easy to clean up. Some people boil the head , I have found this made it easier to break the jaw. If it is a small shark , check your local laws and make sure it is big enough befor whacking him in the head. I use a small bat or ball pin hammer to do the do , if you got a good knife , just cut off the head and bag it on ice. I have a gaff hook that I use to land them , you can get one at your tackle shop as well. Use lots of caution as they are just as aagressive on land as they are in water. When you think he is dead , whack him a few more times. I generally try to work from behind , if it's a small shark sit on him like you would a gator. Stay clear of the mouth until you are bagging it , teeth are sharp dead or alive. Once you have the jaw out , it will probably break near the hinge point. Not to worry , some kite string and epoxy will fix it . Others wrap it in wire , it is common for them to break on a smaller shark. I measure using my fishing pole , I have some bright colored tape at 1' intervals for this use. My other rods have tapes on them that will also find in your tackle shop , go check out some local pawn shops and see what you can find there. You will save a few $$ and get a few more items for it as well .
 

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To clean it , I generally cut the tail off and let it bleed out. Try and find somewhere to hang it head up if you can. I then make a cut on both side of the dorsil fin from just behind the head to right in fron of where the body narrows in front of the tail. Then you peel the skin , just like you do with a catfish . Peel it down to just above the stomach and cut out the meat , I then let it soak in a cooler that is half full of water and ice over nite. This will help clense the meat of the rest of the blood and fishy taste, the stomach is full of acid and has the most rank smell you could ever imagine. If you wanna lose your luch , cutting open the stomach will sure do it.
 

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Re: i want to cath a shark

TrapperZach said:
i will haft to be fishing from the beach into the surf

From one Zach to another.....please make sure that there are not people swimming around the beach where you are shark fishing. In Florida, several people at the beach get bit by sharks as shallow as 2 feet deep.

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Thats a good reminder Zach , I put it in my first response . As we start hitting the hotter months and having the big storms moving around off shore , sharks will start roaming closer to shore chasing baitfish. Anybody that enters the water either fishing or for fun needs to use a bit more caution , we have spotted a major increase in shark activity in our area. There have been 3 bull sharks in excess of 500#'s landed in the past couple of weeks , get one of these puppies on your tail and it could be a real bad day.
 

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I live in tampa FL and i use a reel that holds 270 yards of 20 pound test and a peen 209 peer with a 8 footer and a 5.6 feet boat rod on the beach. if you fish for shark power pro or something like it can help. i don't use it. i don't shark fish a lot. 8)
 
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