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Hey guys. Took my first serious try at surf fishing last year on AI. I came down beginning of june last year and caught several skates and rays. I fell in love with it so much that im ready to give up hunting and move to the beach. For a hardcore whitetail hunter in a state that has a reputation for producing record book bucks, thats really saying somthing.

Anyways, I am making my annual trip to AI the week of july 26th wich just so happens to be my birthday. For my birthday i would love to catch a shark so any advice from bait to rigs to hot spots would be appriciated. Will my 10' rod work or should i upgrade to a 13'? Whats the best time of day to target sharks?

Also I would like to keep my kids in on some doggy action. they will be using 10' surf rods with 20lb test. advice on baits or where to fish? Should i be using smaller rods for the kids? Can u catch anything in the bay at AI?

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As for Shark rigs, a standard fish finder setup with steel leader will work. You'll need all the line you can handle, they can make some long drag-screaming runs. Always use Circle hooks with a halved large Bunker or a smaller whole. Night is the most productive at AI, they are as close as right behind the surf break.

For Dogfish, try a top/bottom rig with Bunker chunks.

If you need more, there are many threads here on Shark fishing, just scroll through last summer's threads.

As for the bay side, will it be from the shore or boat?

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Thanks for the help. I currently live in Northeastern Ohio. I am a bartender by trade currently working at a Mountaineer casino and gaming resort. Nothing to do in this area and nothing for my kids to look forward to so im ready to move on out. I hear deleware is getting table games so maybe there is a chance i can get out of here.

I chased a fin that kept showing up in the bay right next to the bridge going into assateague last year. Im still not sure what it was but it didnt seem interested in my bait. I was just curious what my chances were fishing the bay from the shore.

So really...what are my chances of hooking a nice shark last week of july? Im not going to complain if i just catch skates and rays for the week but some sort of variety would be nice.

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Bay side hookup with a toothy critter, about zip.

Oceanside in late July, very good.

The above mentioned stuff does get old Charkey excited.

Especially at night, they are more actively feeding then.

You don't need to toss far, they can even be found right behind the surf break at night.

If you have two lines for Charks, toss one far and one near.

Pretty much anywhere along the shore is nice, but the locals can fill you in via a PM if there are any areas to avoid. I would ask that any allegedly derogatory info not be posted in the forums.

It's a great place to raise kids and we would gladly welcome you in!

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Well last week of July usually is pretty good. But it depends on winds and water temps. If you get water temps at 70 degrees that is the magic mark for me. I think with water temps at 70 the sharks are everywhere! You mention rod lengths. I would be more concerned with reel capacity. You are gonna need something with at least 300 yards of line.

I use 17 pound test. You gotta remember when you have 100 yards or so of line out and a shark running you ain't got 17 pound line on anymore. probably more like 30 pound test with the stretch of mono....The further out they are the more you can tighten down on 'em.

Fight 'em hard when they are out far and baby them when they are close...

Take the kids out on the beach in the evening and start a fire. Bring stuff for s'mores. You will be all set!

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i went to my local cabelas to check out some new gear but since we are so far from the ocean inventory was limited. I was looking at a reel with 330yd capacity with 30lb test. They said it wasnt a saltwater reel tho but i cant imagine what they'd be using it for in fresh water outside of sturgeon and alligator gar niether of wich are dominant in the Ohio river. Do you know if that heavy duty reel would work for saltwater if it was kept cleaned?

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So all that energy i was using trying to get my line 100yds out in the ocean wasn't neccessary? I ve really got alot to learn about this stuff.

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LOL, 100 yds out!

Sure, why not, the Charks are everywhere, close in and far out.

Ya never know.

There is no reason you can't use a reel that isn't "salt water". Just hose it down with fresh water asap after the beach. You should do that with all of your gear anyway, chairs, cooler, kids, etc, LOL!

A reel that holds 330 yd of 30 lb is plenty enough. In fact, I would fill it up with 20 lb. The main thing is, you need to be able to cast it, 30 lb is not too easy to get any distance out of.

You wouldn't want to buy a reel just for sharking if you mainly fish the sweet water. Make sure you can use it for something else, like huge Cats in the river.

What reel is it?

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the one i was looking at was a cabelas depth master reel. I ended up buying an okuma CL 300L at the flea market today. Ity holds 280/25 so i figure im good if i use 20 lb mono. Do you think this will work? I only spent $30 for it so I hope its not one of those you get what you pay for kind of deals. I have a 10' spinning combo that i use for the surf and the river. Any reccomendations as far as rods go? Im figuring i probably should spend the extra money there.

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So what are the chances that I may run into one of you kind sirs at AI and have you give me some pointers? I will be camping as i prefer to spend $30 for a site and a hot shower over $300 for a hotel room.

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You guys are really boosting my confidence and I thank you for all of your patience and help. So im going to fill up my reel with 20lb mono and use fish finder rigs. What size leader do you reccomend? What is the average size shark in the surf? How big of a shark will my setup handle?

When I get into somthing new I like to know as much as possible so im sorry if I ask 2 many questions. I like to know what to expect and to know my limitations before i dive in. :happy3:

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It is a new reel. I actually paid $26 for it. I figured id practice casting over the next 6 weeks. If I cant get it down then its back to the drawing board.

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Now I am usually a catch and release kind of guy but being a first time shark fisherman I may want to keep one shark over 54". You had mentioned the sand bar shark as being protected but its not listed in the regulations. I did read an article on the dusky and sand bar sharks being confused with one another and I know the dusky is protected. They say the only safe way to identify one is to look for the shingle like scales on the dusky and cobble stone scales on a sand bar.

So is the sandbar shark actually a protected species? I dont want to make any critical mistakes while i am down there.

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Thanks for your advice esoxangler. I think the kids are as excited about the smores as I am the shark fishing!

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Thanks steve. I dont care what anyone says about you. I think you are a heck of a guy. I have decided that I probably will remain a catch and release fisherman when it comes to sharks. The only surprises i like are whats going to be on the end of my line.

I did some research on casting trolling reels and I think I can pull this off in 6 weeks. Lets hope anyways. Thanks again for all of your help!

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Thanks steve. I dont care what anyone says about you.
All the bad stuff is true! :D

Keep the kids away fromn the Charks business end, they can twist back and easily nip.

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Yeah I dont want my kids to remember thier first shark fishing experience because of loss of digits or nasty scars. I figure im only really letting them be involved in the landing of the doggies. Better safe than sorry.

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It is a very good learning experience for the young ones.

On a smaller "real" Shark, hold the head and tail and let them check it out, let them feel the skin by rubbing backwards and GENTLY forward, feeling the denticles. Teach them (carefully) about the "skin" actually being like tiny teeth, show them the sensory system under the tip of the snout, etc.

Read up on the critters so you can do the Daddy stuff and teach, the kids love it!!!

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well I tried out my equipment today....practiced casting anyways...and I am casting that okuma reel between 80 and 100 yds fairly consistently with roughly 8oz of wieght on the line. Not sure what the total wieght of my rigs will be but i'm confident I can make it happen.

I have it spooled with 20 lb mono right now but im thinking about going to braid. Reading your threads from last year it seems to be the line of choice for most of you. Good idea? Bad idea?

I watched the OC shark tourney wiegh ins online today and im getting pumped about this trip. Five more weeks to go!

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