10 Tips for Catching Sharks

Although most sunbathing tourists don’t want to acknowledge it, sharks are everywhere in Florida: the beaches, the reefs, the estuaries, even miles upriver. Shark fishing comes in many forms – some fish for food, some for sport. Whichever your reason, the Top 10 tips presented here will give you what you need to get out and catch your shark.

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Like every species chased by recreational anglers, one fisher's bait is another's lunch, and the sheer number of different species of shark means that somebody catching Mako sharks in Long Island will fish differently -- and with a different approach (especially seasonally) -- than we do when targeting big bull shark near Tampa Bay's Skyway bridge, or offshore on a 200' deep reef.

Start Small!


Everyone wants to catch a monster shark but few minds think past that! They don't have experience to properly handle that shark on the beach. That is how you or others will get hurt or you may end up injuring the shark or killing it. So start small and then get comfortable to begin the hunt for the big one!

Be Patient

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Fishing for sharks on the beach can be a waiting game. Some days you will wait eight hours and not get any, while other days it seems like you dropped the bait on the shark’s head. Just be patient put your time in and you will land some sharks.

Evenings Seem to Always Be a Little More Productive

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1-2 hours before sunset and 1-2 hours after sunset seem to be some good times for me. Sharks get more active at night and start to feed a little more. It's the perfect time to be soaking some bait!

Take Care of Your Gear

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I can't even stress this enough -- I have lost a few sharks because I didn't feel like changing line or checking my rigs. If you know your line is banged up, change it! You never know when the big shark is going to be there.

Fish Moving Tides

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Moving tides are always the best. When the tides are moving, the fish on the sandbar are pushed around and that makes them more vulnerable. Sharks know this and come in for an easy snack.

An Evening Full Moon is a Great Time to Shark Fish!

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Full Moons bring big tides. Big tides bring more water flow. More water flow means more fish being pushed around. Which summed up, allows sharks to hunt more easily and more efficiently.

When Fishing the Flats, Fish an Outgoing Tide!

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With an outgoing tide, it flushes all the fish off the flat and into that deeper channel or cut that you should be fishing. Sharks will be in there feeding like crazy!

Chum Chum CHUM!!!

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Need I say more?

Fish Late Spring and Early Summer

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This is a great time to fish for shark. The water temps are warm but not too warm yet and sharks are just active and feeding and getting ready to give birth. Temperatures ranging from 72-76 F are ideal.


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If it comes down to your fingers or the shark swimming off with a new lip ring, let the shark have some bling-bling for a while! Hooks rust out in a week or two. The point is the shark will survive and be just fine.

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