Summertime shark fishing is very widespread. Although many migrating sharks have moved further north, many stick around, including the migratory species. The waters are warm, the sharks are active, and the waters are clear.
Where the Fish Are in the Summer Months
The largest schools of Blacktip and Spinner sharks have migrated north out of Florida on the east coast, and are up in the panhandle region of Florida on the west coast. However, some stick around all year, particularly the juveniles, which are dependent on the estuaries for their growth – you can find these sharks in the deeper pools and channels of the estuaries. Other species such as the Bonnethead can be found on the grass or mud flats of the estuaries.
Catching Sharks on the Beaches
Summertime sharks on the beaches will be more so in the panhandle and northern Florida, and may be further offshore on the beaches, requiring a large surf rod to get the bait farther out, or a kayak to paddle out. Fish a moving tide to allow the sharks to smell the bait.
Catching Sharks Inshore
Sharks, like so many of our marine fishes, are very abundant within our estuaries and coastal lagoons, especially in the summer. Several species, including Blacktip, Sandbar, Atlantic sharpnose, Lemon, and Scalloped hammerheads to name a few, can be found within the channels and deep pools in the estuaries, ranging from new-borns to mature adults. Use cut natural bait to target these species in the deeper water, and in the more shallow areas for Bonnetheads.
Catching Sharks on the Reefs
Sharks are always on the reefs. Either anchor and then let out a large chum bag to get the sharks near, or drift a large cut bait across the reefs waiting for a bite.
An Overview of Catching Sharks in the Summertime
The best place to target sharks in the summer are the inshore estuarine areas – mainly the deep channels and backwaters. Big sharks will always be around the reefs and beaches but may take some work and patience waiting for the bite.