Springtime shark-fishing provides many opportunities for targeting several species, particularly the migratory species that are traveling north to their summer residences. Of course, sharks are always around in our coastal waters, but these large migrations make for almost certain catches.
Where the Sharks are in the Springtime
Blacktip and Spinner sharks migrate north each spring, usually in April or May. These large migrations are featured every year on the news as hundreds of sharks swim just yards off the beaches – they can be schooling alone or commonly following thick schools of Spanish mackerel. Other big sharks, such as the Great hammerhead, will be following the large schools of tarpon as they travel north in the springtime as well. Many other sharks are common in the spring, ranging from the nearshore reefs to estuaries.
Catching Sharks on the Beaches
The migrating Blacktip and Spinner sharks will be most commonly found just yards off the beaches. Using standard surf-tackle, a regular cast is often enough to get the bait out to the fish. Some shark anglers like to bring a kayak for paddling the baits out even farther.
Catching Sharks Inshore
As many sharks migrate, they will often enter the estuaries as the tide moves in. What they’re doing is essentially following the baitfish that follow this same pattern. You should target sharks at the inlets and within the channels.
Catching Sharks on the Reefs
In many places, like southeast Florida, both natural and artificial reefs occur just a few hundred yards off the beach. Both migratory and residential sharks frequent these reefs, feeding on the abundant food sources there.
An Overview of Catching Sharks in the Springtime
Sharks are often moving in the spring. Look for them on the beaches – these are “ocean highways” that are abundant with prey. They will also be found coming into the estuaries through the inlets and deep channels, and are always found on the reefs.