Fall is when the other great shark migration occurs along Florida’s coasts, and is a prime time for catching them. Often times, when you hit the school just right, you can catch a small bunch in one day, easy.
Where the Fish are in the Fall Months
Migratory sharks, such as the Spinner and Blacktips, will be traveling south along the beaches as they seek warmer waters for the winter. Bigger sharks, such as the Great hammerhead and Bull sharks, may be following close by, and will also follow large schools of one of their favorite meals – tarpon. Sharks will also be quite abundant in the estuaries.
Catching Sharks on the Beaches
Sharks are migrating the beaches again – a perfect opportunity for catching in the surf. Either cast or paddle out large cut baits or fish heads, and simply wait for the bite.
Catching Sharks Inshore
Although summer may be the best time to target sharks inshore, early and mid-fall will still hold plenty of sharks in the channels and deep edges, and can be caught on moving tides. The migrating sharks will also move into the estuaries following big schools of bait, such as mullet or Spanish mackerel, and can be targeted near such schools.
Catching Sharks on the Reefs
Sharks are always on the reefs, especially migratory sharks that stop by and feed there. You can find all of the common sharks – Bull, Lemon, Nurse, Blacktip, Hammerhead, etc. – on the reefs, drifting cut bait or chumming at a stationary post.
An Overview of Catching Sharks in the Fall
Most of our common nearshore species love warm water, so fall is another time when sharks are on the move, heading south for the winter. Target them on the beaches and nearshore reefs as they migrate down, or in the inlets and deep inshore channels following the baitschools.