Monday, December 22, 2008

Shark Fishing Florida

These are the in almost all cases the hunters of the seas, shark fishing Florida is highly recognized by anglers because of the fight that they put up, and the sizes that some of these sharks will get to. Small sharks can be caught off of piers, bridges and canals, they are everywhere that you can think of. When shark fishing Florida, a lot of times you will hook up with one when you arent even trying to catch one. If you are after big sharks, you will more than likely have to bring them in with a rope, as many of them are way to big to bring on board. Below I will outline the types of sharks and their records in the state of Florida, if any of these records need to be updated please leave me a comment along with some kind of proof.

Bull Shark – 490 pounds
Blacktip Shark – 270 pounds
Blacknose Shark – 41 pounds
Mako Shark – 1,115 pounds
Tiger Shark – 1,780 pounds
Sand Tiger Shark – 350 pounds
Spinner Shark – 190 pounds
Lemon Shark – 405 pounds
Brown Shark – 260 pounds
Hammerhead Shark – 991 pounds

As you can see if you are serious and want to get into shark fishing Florida you can see that there is great potential for catching some monsters. Some other types you may come across while shark fishing Florida, that the Internal Game Fish Association does not hold any records for are as follows.

The nurse shark, silky shark, bonnethead shark. Though sharks are sought out by many anglers they are rarely eaten in Florida, although nurse, hammerhead and mako sharks can make a good meal or can be excellent for soup. One of the main reasons why not many people eat sharks in my opinion, is that you literally need a chainsaw to fillet them (the big ones). You are not going to be able to fillet a 500 pound hammerhead with any old knife, their skin is very tough and filleting them can and will take hours.

If you are shark fishing Florida for large sharks and happen to land one, and you intend on keeping it, you should not by any circumstances bring the shark into the boat. No matter how dead you think the shark is, large sharks are capable of tearing your bones to shreds with one bite, if you must bring the shark back drag it back to shore with a rope.

Shark fishing Florida can be done all year round in all parts of Florida, no matter where you are there will be some type of shark that is swimming around looking for some food. There is no need to try and fool a shark, they will bite on just about anything, shrimp live or dead, pinfish, lures, flies, frozen squid, stingrays, etc. Just think the largest hammerhead that was caught in Florida was caught by using a 3 foot stingray as bait, sharks are predators of the seas and are not picky when it comes down to meal time.

The best way to attract sharks to your boat, dock, pier, or wherever you are fishing, is bloody chum. The more blood that is in the water the better chance you have of getting one when shark fishing Florida, or better yet fishing for them anywhere in the world. Sharks can smell blood from a mile away. I remember when I was fishing the Fort Desoto piers, and I wasn’t shark fishing Florida, but was actually snapper fishing and landed a bunch of them. I brought the snapper to the clean up table, and after 15 minutes of cleaning the fish, there was about an 7 foot hammerhead sitting by the pier eating the remains of the snapper I was throwing into the water. They love blood, they love dead fish, they love whatever they can get.

One last thing to remember when shark fishing Florida, make sure that you are using a wire leader line. Sharks have many rows of razor sharp teeth and will bite through a regular leader in a heartbeat. If you do land one while shark fishing Florida, take extreme caution when removing the hook from the shark no matter what the size is, as a matter of fact just cut the line. Do not try and get the hook free, cut the line and be done with it for your own safety. That is the basics you need to know when shark fishing Florida.

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Anonymous said...

ya their are some big sharks at the fort desoto peirs.