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  1. Yeah definitely make no mistake I am not trying to whine about any "blaming" I just want to help as much as anyone here. It really is a shame and we will just have to see what comes into effect.
  2. I've been off this thread for a while and just refreshed myself by reading all the posts...........almost threw up when I read that 9 sharks had washed up dead- finned and de-jawwed. That makes me SICK. All these new possible regulations make alot more sense now as to what triggered them into action. I really can't blame them for trying to make regulations because that is flat-out appalling. What is sad is that not a single person on this board (that I know of) would ever think of doing such a thing. And honestly, regulations will not stop criminals from breaking the law...........gun laws don't prevent bank robbery. Ben Dziwulski
  3. Based on the discussion on some other forums its sounds like cutting the leader will be the only legal way to release a Sand Tiger- if said regulations come into play. This is VERY Unhealthy for the sharks in my opinion....... I am pretty shocked it came to this and am really sorry for those who feel like I am solely responsible. Things like the WBOC "Delmarva Outdoors" news segment and other local news paper articles were to try and promote the sport in the most positive image I thought imaginable; focusing on catch, tag, and release, proper handling, etc. Never did I want to screw us all over. There were several people I saw doing it midday over the course of the summer (like I used to before I came to my senses), and I feel like that is what is really getting people fired up. Fishing anytime after 11am or before 8pm on a usually-populated beach is just asking for trouble. You might not see the consequences on that day, but all it takes is for a few uneducated people to murmur about it, and it spreads like wildfire. I hope that individuals who make the laws will instead UTILIZE the fisherman to collect data through catch tag and release, and not make the fisherman release the shark with hooks attached...... Ben Dziwulski
  4. I really have no idea why anyone would need a stinger hook to catch these sharks. The sandtigers almost immediately inhale the bait, and one correctly placed circle hook is all you need. I know a few guys that do it on 3r's and other Del. beaches, but I taught them my tricks and I know they don't use those rigs, nor do they fish during the day I just hope people will read these posts too and learn about proper rigging! As for the 20/0 circles- They are great when you drop very big baits- as I have a tendency to do...haha. They are made of "duratin" and if for some reason you need to leave them in a shark- they will rust out rather quickly unlike stainless J hooks. I bought a 100pack of them from for $145 shipped. I am sure you can look around online and find less bulk if that is what you want. Let me know if you have any more questions! Ben
  5. General- no hard feelings at all. Like Dave said- this site is tha bomb.......a phenomenal resource. Sam has worked hard to keep it friendly, truthful, and informative. Now, I just got wind that there have been a few dead Sand Tigers that have washed up on DE beaches lately. They were gut hooked with Stainless Steel J-Hooks. For everyone reading : THAT IS WHAT WILL GET SHARK FISHING BANNED! Please be responsible and protect these sharks and use the correct equipment. I have used 20/0 Mustad circle hooks almost exclusively the past 2 years, and my hook out percentage is through the roof. The key is to have the hook very exposed, have it razor sharp, and set the hook as soon as you see the shark start to run with your bait (all you do is reel as fast as possible to set circle hooks). If you wait too long they will swallow the bait, and thus will be gut hooked. Also, a good de-hooker is a must. If you do not have time to make one or the money to buy one, cutting off a hook in the corner of the mouth is much better than one in the stomach of a fish. Always use circle hooks! My rant is done Ben
  6. Dave- I definitely understand and agree with your intentions- believe me no offense taken. Forums like this are exactly where these sort of duscussions need to take place. Education is the key to keeping our rights as anglers alive. Its a dangerous sport, but with education everyone can enjoy it. If you find that link- PLEASE let me know because I am very interested in reading it. I've seen several people doing sharking during the day at 3r's when I am there with my family and friends just hanging out skimming and whatnot. I feel like many of these day catches are what is leading to public concern. At night we have no audience- so no one should be complaining. GENERAL- Yes you are correct, I forgot to say that we post the reports on our website- which is not a forum of any kind. However, I'm pretty sure our site got a maximum of about 550 hits last month, so it is really nowhere near the publicity as a site like this. And most of those hits were probably my grandmother. All of our guide fishing is done on a private beach that one of my buddy lives on. There literally is zero people on the beach every night, so it is a perfect place to shark and not scare any beachgoers whatsoever. Our trips are very educational, but most people are just looking to catch one- not try to duplicate the results themselves. As for the shark handling. We handle our sharks with care. When we "sit" on them it is purely for stabilization. We put our hands on their head with some pressure to keep it from squirming and flipping over, and our knees are on the ground, with little to no weight actually on the back of the shark. The only other pressure is with our knees squeezing the side of the shark if they try to squirm when we get the hook out. We also have someone on the tail to keep that from moving and whipping anyone. Bottom line is that we get our sharks out and back into the water quickly and as safely as we can. Our hook-out percentage is 90%+ with the 20/0 circle hooks we use, and as we have noticed with our recent re-catches, our techniques are working and the sharks are staying healthy. When the shark is 8.5ft+, you simply cannot be super gentle with it, or else it will slap you with its tail and throw you off of it- never getting the hook out- wasting more time and hurting the shark more. The quicker the better when it comes to catch and release. I wish there was some way to convince people- but I care about these sharks and in no way do I ever want to hurt them. We handle them as quick as possibly and with as much care as we can. Dave- I'd love to meet up and talk about what we can do to continue the educational process of this sport we love- only problem is that I am shipping off to college on Thursday. Lets keep this discussion going... Ben Dziwulski God Bless
  7. Well it doesn't take a scientist to figure out that you guys are talking about me. I am going to try and clear a few things up- I understand if you still are upset with me afterwards, I just want to show you my side of things. I just have a few questions/statements: Dave, where did you hear that they were banning shark fishing from the beach with yakked baits in <acronym title="Delaware"><acronym title="Delaware">DE</acronym></acronym>? I have not heard about this, but really want to hear about it. There is actually is a "Surf Sharkin' Rodeo" fishing tournament (for money) August 21st right off the State Park beaches north of <acronym title="Indian River Inlet">IRI</acronym>. Old Inlet bait and tackle is running it, and they got approval from the state parks, local gov, and there will be reps from the Del university marine biology dept. tagging/ keeping/ studying the catches. I feel like they wouldn't let this happen if they were banning it. I could be very wrong though. Also, about the bull shark- I posted it in two places. Here, and the <acronym title="Texas"><acronym title="Texas">TX</acronym></acronym> Sharkin forum. Thats it. I have not flaunted this is any way shape or form- and kept it among people who are "sharkers" and know that these fish swim in these waters. I would never sit there and show this to people outside of these two sharkin communities. If you feel like I have flaunted, I am sorry. There were several people who posted in on other places, and I told them to take it down- none of them did. So far, We have 77 documented catch, tag (when they were available-we run out frequently), and releases this summer- I've posted maybe 15 of these catches in two separate posts on this forum. I know there are people who have posted much more pictures. We had a segment on WBOC News showing us shark fishing. If you saw the segment early this summer, it was VERY educational and advertised catch, tag, and release to help "save a species". Mike Parker, the one who filmed it, told me 4 days ago that the feedback is still coming back very positive. Pop Up Video (The first Sand Tiger caught in the video was caught again, by us, last night (7/08/2010)! It had grown 4 inches since the beginning of the summer! Goes to show that Circle Hooks, quick release, and proper tools really really works) As for the environmental side of things- we get on their backs in order to stabilize them. I have a homemade dehooker that I use, and unless you are able to stabilize their head and jaws, that hook will not pop out very quickly- and you risk injuring the fish more. We catch, tag, dehook, and release in under 3 minutes- no questions. We have proven healthy releases because we have personally re-caught 3 of our tagged Sand Tigers this week (pretty sweeeeet)! Every single one of them were very healthy, and we dehooked, retagged, and released them like always. NOAA is very excited to compare the data that we collected last year and earlier this year with the data from the re-tagged fish Every time we have people ask us how they can do this on their own, I do my best in conveying the same message you have conveyed here. Safety first, and to be safe, you MUST MUST MUST be prepared. Preperation doesn't come when you finally hook up with a shark and have no idea what to do. Dehooker, bolt cutters, tailrope (it injures them less if you use your hands, but that is only if you are comfortable with them) need to be all ready to go when you get the shark in. Also, IMO, you need at least 4 in your crew- shark fishing alone is deadly. And as for fishing in crowded areas, we never fish where there are people swimming- usually we start at about 8pm, when everyone is out of the water. Earlier in the summer we fished a couple times in areas where there were a little too many people on the beach for my liking. Since then, we have fished from a private beach (deserted basically), or on Del State parks in uncrowded areas. I hope I settled some disputes or at least shed some light on what I do. Please respond and ask questions/ tell me how you really feel. My feelings won't be hurt, I just want to clear anything up that might be misconstrued. This is the website where it all started- and I posted that ESSAY-like first shark report 4 or 5 years ago. Sam and friends have helped me out big time and there is nothing more that I want to do than give what I have learned back. The last thing I want to do is prevent people from being able to do this. God bless Ben Dziwulski
  8. The sharkin is still ON. We have caught several Sand Tigers over 8 ft and several Sandbars over 6ft in Bethany. Tonight's 6ft 9 inch Sandbar had SPUNK. Nothing like 100 yard runs towards england! Using a big 20/0 circle hook has been catching them in the corner of the mouth almost every time. Get that hook nice and sharp to get through their tough skin- and remember to bring bolt cutters or a BIG de-hooker. With this water soo warm, I am expecting to see a Tiger or Hammerhead soon. Just wishful thinking but I don't think I'm too far off base. We already know there are some Bulls in the area! Get bent. Cya on the sand! Ben
  9. Also, a trick that has worked VERY welll for me, especially if they are sucking down close to the wash, is to hold the line VERY tight, and pluck it hard like a guitar string, making the vibrations go down the line. If it is under their snout, I think it is kind of like tickling them and more times than not they will start swimming- its pretty sweet. Also, for the really stubborn ones, my buddy Jon walks out with a paddle from our yak and flips em like a pancake......haha that always gets them going.
  10. MY biggest Sand Tiger ever was caught on Casting gear. They are all over the place man, we just find it more consistent and easier to get really big baits out there with a kayak. Bigger bait= bigger fish ....................usually.
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  12. Is there a way to catch those sharks without kayaking the bait out (my fat ass doesnt kayak). Im usually on the beaches monday and Tuesdays. Im planning on going down this Monday and Tuesday. I would love to meet up if you are going to be out fishing to see how the hell you do it. I dont know if you charge, but Id be willing to give you some money.



  13. Don't worry Hook- the sharks are in THICK. Especially if you have an incoming tide after sunset, or if you get a nice cloudy day. We have been catching them from 122nd in OC north to IRI. Most are coming on Bluefish for us. Several BIG Sand Tigers, and some pretty big Sandbars over 7ft. As this water keeps getting warmer, I wouldn't be too surprised if someone lucks into a Great Hammer or a Tiger or a few bulls. Good luck!
  14. The fish was caught on a whole bluefish, and on a drop at about 150-200 yards!
  15. Hey guys, sorry I have not posted anything. I got hit with a lot of stuff to do and have not had time to post a full report. The answer is Bull. 9ft exactly, pregnant, and easily over 450 pounds. I did some research and found a 9ft bull that weighed in at 517lbs, and this one was FAT, so I assume it was close to that. We caught it on a yakked bait. Check out this picture of it where you see how much it bulged on its sides: here is another one of it: