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  1. Like many, I am getting excited to get out on the beach to do some fishing soon. I was wondering if there has been a calendar of anticipated "best" time frames to catch various fish. For example, I would love to start planning for Spring striper - any idea when the "run" should start? If such a calendar has not been created maybe we can use this thread to get something started. Thanks in advance for any information you are willing to share.
  2. Never had any luck in the surf until the morning of January 1, 2000. My first cast of the millennium brought in a keeper striper. After the next cast I learned first hand how fun a run of fish can be. It was a great day and wonderful dinner on the OBX.
  3. Thank you for the information! It has been a couple years since I have fished the point. Although I didn't catch anything, I enjoyed watching "the dance" or rotation of men and lines casting and catching reds on the point. I plan to have my son (7) with me on this trip and I don't know that he is ready for the crowd at the point. We may be better off a little further north. Once again, I appreciate your help! I'll keep watching the reports.
  4. I am trying to get to the beach around Oct. 16 and wondered where the "Hot Spot" was Assateaue or Outer banks? Looking for Striper or Drum from the surf, but want best chance to bring something into the beach. Please point me in the right direction:happy3: Thank you!
  5. Mike - A great site to learn the basics and beyond about surf-fishing for shark is Texas Shark Fishing. I am also new to shark fishing, but have learned a great deal from the site. When kayaking bait out, I go 200-300 yards out. I would strongly recommend having at least one other adult with you to help with bait deployment and the catch and release of the shark. I have found it helpful to have a two-way radio with me in the kayak so I can communicate with the "team" on the beach. It is really easy to have wind and waves take you off course. If there are others on the beach you can also loose your point of refrence once you get out. 16/0 and 20/0 circle hooks are my first choice in hooks. You can get Mustad hooks and all the leader materials, crimps, etc. at leadertec.com. My preference is seven feet of 480lb multistrand cable from the hook to a 400lb swivel then another 7feet of 400lb mono to another swivel and the main line. You can substitite the 400lb mono with .95 string trimmer line. The wead eater line works great and is higly visable, which helps when you are trying to bring the shark to sand. All conections are secured with two copper crimps. The main line I use is a 60lb for my penn 9/0 and 100lb for my 14/0. I typically use a fish finder rig on the 400lb leader with at least 8oz's of lead. I keep a "catch and release bag" filled with leather work gloves, bolt cutters, long pliers, and a tail rope. You will want all of those items ready to go. Also, a gimbel belt is a must for those big sharks. Oh - Don't forget a camera!
  6. I found some information on sand bag weights on another site that was very interesting... Hi its douglas Mizzi from land based shark fishing australia. This is a problem that we dealt with over the years. We have made up grappling hooks, weights, you name it we have done it. The best and most succesful to date is the sand bag. Heres how it works. Get a sand bag, or make one up, another good idea are those recyclable material bags that all the supermarkets are getting you to change in the event of reducing plastic bag pollution. Anyway fill the bag with sand and eithere secure it with may loops of 80# line or zip tie it up. Now you have a weight. Choose one line class less then you are fishing, ie 80# use 50#, 130# use 80# etc. make the line about 3 feet in length and tie a knot in the middle of the line about a foot and a half up. Now tie one end to the bag use some granny knots or a heap of half hitches, and tie the other line to the bottom hook, thats the one furthest away from the trace. When you deliver the bait to the water place the bait in the water then first then place the bag in the water and let it go in one smooth motion. Now the bait will stay where its meant to, the only time the bait will move is when there is a shark bite. By tying the line to the bottom of the hook the shark will bite the line off, giving no resistance to the bait allowing a clean pick up. Having grappling weights can and often will impede a sensitive hook up. By using one weight catagory less than your main line, and tying a knot in the middle of the securing line, a quick and swift run up the jetty or beach will break off the bag in the water allowing an easy retrieval unlike a fixed weight or grappling hook. Years of trialing this in Australia has seen this to be without doubt the most effective weight system to use. The advantage is that you can carry many bags flat packed filling up what you need on the beach. Chris if you want to add this to your site, please denote as information given by Australian shark fisherman . Hope this helps guys, and this ones a winner. <?xml:namespace prefix = v ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml" /><v:shapetype id=_x0000_t75 stroked="f" filled="f" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" o:preferrelative="t" o:spt="75" coordsize="21600,21600"><v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke><v:formulas><v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></v:f><v:f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f><v:f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></v:f></v:formulas><v:path o:connecttype="rect" gradientshapeok="t" o:extrusionok="f"></v:path><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:lock aspectratio="t" v:ext="edit"></o:lock></v:shapetype><v:shape style="WIDTH: 11.25pt; HEIGHT: 11.25pt; VISIBILITY: visible; mso-wrap-style: square" id=Picture_x0020_1 alt="Cool" type="#_x0000_t75" o:spid="_x0000_i1025"><v:imagedata o:title="Cool" src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\MC5C1~1.ZAR\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image001.gif"></v:imagedata></v:shape><o:p></o:p> <o:p> </o:p> OMG I cant believe Im doing this... first of all doug and chris, yall are outstanding fishermen! Ok, Personally, I use either a graple or sand bag depending on my hook choice. I rig them both as doug explains, tied to the bottom hook(got it from his site last year). Graples... I use a good graple with 'J' hooks and set a heavy trap (rigged like Doug but same idea as Deavers mouse trap), maybe even 12#-15# with 50class. A sandbag will sometimes (often) drag with a heavy trap like that. The original reason I did this was thinking too much and trying for the quick solid hook set to prevent a shark from being gut/throat hooked (catch and release) and it seems now the reality is I like it because I dont get as many teeth marks in my bait without at least knowing about it. I even loop the mono weight trace over both hooks when using a double stingray rig. It works well most of the time, not perfect and of course I loose my graple ($) when a shark hits. Sand Bags... I use them with a very light trap when Im fishing circle hooks, rigged just as Doug explains with little or "no resistance to the bait allowing a clean pickup" as I believe Circle hooks need more time to get in position for a good hook set than a trap provides. My point i guess is that the sandbags will sometimes drag with a heavy trap and/or big baits in heavy currents, I use the graples in those situations. So, there is a place for both in my tackle tub.
  7. Kayaking bait out from the beach for shark, I have noticed that if the conditions are not perfect my bait tends to drift with an 8oz weight on a fish finder rig. Can anyone share some ideas for heavier weights to keep the bait in one area? I have heard that some people in Fla. use bricks tied to the hook with 20lb test. Any feedback/pictures would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  8. Many thanks to everyone that has shared information on this site. I have learned a great deal from you as well as my own trial and ERROR. Saturday afternoon, after three unsuccessful trips this summer, I caught my first shark. My wife and I were celebrating our 40th birthdays on the beach and I did not have my brother/shark team, but a great guy stepped up and helped with the line and release. "Toothy" was caught on fresh bunker taken out about 200 yards on a kayak. The 5ft Sand Tiger Shark hit the sand at ~2:00. We were fishing at Conquest.
  9. Salty Dog, I am new to the board, but have already learned a great deal from the information you share. Thanks for responding to my question. I look forward to getting back to you with some "fish stories" this summer:icon_thumleft:
  10. I am planning my first shark fishing trip in a couple of weeks and was wondering if there is a location that is known for really good sharking. My plan is to kayak the bait out then fish from the beach. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!
  11. May 16th I will be in Ocean City with some friends and family. I was wondering if there is a good location to go surf fishing and what I can hope to catch. Any information would be extremely helpful. We will be staying somewhere around 60th street. Thank you in advance!